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[Official Guidance]
Text of HHS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking HIPAA Privacy Rule Accounting of Disclosures Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (PDF)
"HHS proposes to expand the accounting provisions to provide individuals with the right to receive an access report indicating who has accessed electronic protected health information. Also proposed are changes to accounting requirements to improve workability and effectiveness." (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)


Benchmark Your Health Plan's Administrative Costs and Services [Advert.]

Sponsored by IFEBP (International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans)

Register now for this International Foundation Webcast on June 9, 2011. Learn how benchmarks are an important tool for controlling costs while maintaining quality and service levels that employees and other plan participants expect. Register Now!


Employers Accelerate Health Care Cost-Shifting, According to Study
"Employers continue to boost employee deductibles, particularly for out-of-network services, as health care costs show no signs of easing, according to a survey released last week." (Workplace Management: free registration required)

Pros and Cons of Offering Healthcare Benefits
"Editors from Risk & Insurance duke it out over whether healthcare benefits really do play a key role in attracting and retaining employees." (Human Resource Executive Online)

Text of Hearing: The Pressures of Rising Costs on Employer Provided Health Care, March 10, 2011 (PDF)
"[A] sea of government mandates will not lead to lower costs and better health care. A number of independent health care researchers have examined the issue and determined costs will continue to increase at a rapid pace, due in part to Obamacare. That is why we are here today. We must examine these and other driving forces behind rising health care costs, their effects on employers and workers, and begin to consider responsible solutions that address the needs of the nation." (U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions)

[Opinion]
Who Needs Health Care Reform?
"It is no secret that health care has become increasingly unaffordable as the cost of medical treatments and insurance premiums keep rising. Two recent studies have documented just how severe the burden can be and underscored the urgent need for the health care reforms that Republicans are so determined to repeal." (The New York Times; free registration required)


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Benefits in General; Executive Compensation

How a U.S. Organization Can Improve its Expatriate Tax Program (PDF)
The authors suggest six steps that multinational companies can take to improve their expatriate tax programs. (Pension Publications Limited via Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP)

Press Releases

The Employee Benefits Security Administration is presenting a Free HIPAA and Other Health Benefits Laws: Compliance Assistance Seminar—June 28–29, 2011 in Raleigh, NC.

Pre-registration is required and seats are allocated based on a first-come basis.

Presented by DOL, EBSA [Advert.]

Employee Benefits Jobs

Senior Pension Plan Administrator
for Howard Simon & Associates in IL

Executive Administrative Assistant
for Consulting Firm located in Irvine, CA in CA

Institutional Relationship Manager
for Regions Morgan Keegan Trust in AL

Administrator - DC Plans
for Qualified Plans, LLC in GA

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