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[Guidance Overview]

HIPAA Privacy Rule Still Applies for Employers Amid 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

"Federal privacy laws, such as HIPAA, can create complexities for many plan sponsors as they attempt to weigh the privacy rights of an employee or dependent who has contracted COVID-19 against preserving public safety, including that of the employee's or dependent's co-workers, family, and friends."

Morgan Lewis

March 1 Deadline for New Jersey Employers to Offer a Pre-Tax Transportation Fringe Benefit

"New Jersey ... requires every employer in New Jersey that employs at least 20 persons, excluding employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement, to offer a pre-tax transportation fringe benefit to all of its employees in New Jersey, effective as of March 1, 2020.... An employer that is found to be in violation of this requirement is liable for a civil penalty ranging from $100 to $250 for the first violation. An employer has 90 days to correct the violation before such penalty is imposed."

Haynes and Boone, LLP

How Benefits Data Helps With Managing a Multigenerational Workforce

"Developing a customized benefits strategy for middle market, self-funded employers is less of a challenge than it once was due to improvements in benefits data management and analysis of utilization trends. Data can be used to inform everything from network adequacy to wellness program return on investment. Data also can help inform benefit plan design and communication that will appeal to distinct employee segments."

HUB International

At a Glance: Fifteen Years of HSA Accountholder Behavior (PDF)

"The longer an account had been open, the more likely it was to have investments other than cash.... Individual contributions in 2018 were higher the longer an account owner had an account."

Employee Benefit Research Institute [EBRI]


Health Insurers Are Abruptly Terminating Anesthesiology Contracts

"According to this survey from the American Society of Anesthesiologists there has been a relatively abrupt move on the part of private insurers to either demand payment cuts of up to 60% or force anesthesiologists out of the insurers' provider networks.... It is likely that the legislative proposals to end surprise billing that are being considered by Congress will primarily benefit the insurers. The government will control fees without need for the insurers to negotiate contracts with the providers."

Physicians for a National Health Program [PNHP]

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