In light of the recent Ebola outbreak, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a bulletin reminding covered entities that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule applies in public health and other emergency situations.
The IRS has issued the annual pension and fringe benefit plan cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for tax-year 2015. Employers must reprogram their computers and payroll systems with these amounts before the first payroll of 2015.
The Affordable Care Act's transitional reinsurance program helps fund the cost of covering high-risk individuals in the individual health insurance market. For 2014 through 2016, health insurance issuers and sponsors of self-insured group health plans must pay a fee per covered life, per year.
Courts declared same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional in Kansas, Missouri, Montana and South Carolina. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
These FAQs answer some commonly asked questions about the health plan identifier (HPID) required to be used in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standard transactions. Enforcement of the HPID rule has been delayed until further notice.
One of the most challenging aspects of staffing a productive and profitable organization concerns striking a balance between employee compensation costs and fulfilling client expectations. Often, an employer strikes this balance by increasing staff on a seasonal basis - especially in industries such as hospitality or retail.
A health plan identifier (HPID) must be used in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standard transactions starting November 7, 2016. However, HPIDs must be obtained by November 5, 2014, or November 5, 2015, depending on plan size.
The US Supreme Court declined to review challenges to three federal appeals court rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin, which also cleared the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Colorado, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming. Bans also fell in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho and Nevada.
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