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October 26, 2021

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Podcast Episode 113: HIPAA Violations and Recent Enforcement Actions

In this episode, Suzanne Spradley and Patrick Myers discuss the growing trend of HIPAA breaches, particularly those that involve ransomware attacks and employee errors. Suzanne points out how the pandemic and the increased use of telehealth encouraged a growing reliance on electronic transmission and data. Suzanne and Patrick discuss HIPAA privacy law, recent updates to the law, its notification requirements and the Health Risk Assessment requirement. Finally, the two close by discussing enforcement actions, penalties and common violations that result in fines imposed by the federal government.

Every other week, NFP's legal experts make the subject of compliance personal for a wide audience. By breaking down the daunting details of emerging policies and bridging the gap between legislation and what it means for the listener, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley make compliance issues relatable and relevant. Visit our Soundcloud page every two weeks for the most up-to-date episode.

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November Get Wise Wednesdays – Register Now

As 2021 comes to an end, there are still a number of benefits compliance issues that are being impacted by COVID-19. Join us for a discussion of the government guidance that we received during the pandemic. We will discuss guidance that has expired, such as paid leave under the FFCRA and COBRA premium assistance under ARPA; temporary guidance soon to expire, such as mid-year election change relief, exemption of telehealth services for purposes of HSA-eligibility and the increased DCAP exclusion; as well as provide reminders concerning employers’ ongoing compliance obligations related to COVID-19.

We’re Still In the Outbreak Period: End-of-Year COVID-19 Benefits Compliance Considerations
November 17, 2021
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. CT (3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET)

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A recording will be posted to the NFP Webinars Page within 48 hours of the live webinar. Those listening to a recorded webinar aren’t eligible for recertification credit.

All programs are pending approval for 1.0 (general) recertification credit hour toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. For more information about certification or recertification, visit the HR Certification Institute website at hrci.org.

Updated CHIP Notice Available

On October 15, 2021, the DOL updated its Premium Assistance Under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) model notice that employers with group health plans may use to notify eligible employees about premium assistance available through their state Medicaid or CHIP. The DOL regularly updates the notice to reflect any changes to the list of states offering premium assistance programs.

The latest updated notice includes changes to the program contact information for Massachusetts and Virginia compared to the previous January 31, 2021, version.

Employers creating their own notices, rather than using the DOL’s model notice, should pay special attention to ensure the most recent information is used. Employees residing in any of the states identified on the notice must receive this information automatically, before the start of the plan year, and free of charge.

Updated CHIP Notice »

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