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March 19, 2024

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[Official Guidance]

Use of Online Tracking Technologies by HIPAA Covered Entities and Business Associates

"[B]ecause of the proliferation of tracking technologies collecting sensitive information, OCR is providing this reminder that it is critical for regulated entities to ensure that they disclose PHI only as expressly permitted or required by the HIPAA Privacy Rule. To this end, this Bulletin provides guidance for regulated entities to consider when contemplating the use of tracking technologies, including an overview of how the HIPAA Rules apply to regulated entities' use of tracking technologies."  MORE >>

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS]

[Guidance Overview]

OCR Guidance Reminds Health Plans to Ensure Online Tracking HIPAA Compliance

"The Guidance reminds covered entities that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules (HIPAA Rules) apply to their use of online tracking technologies like Google Analytics or Meta Pixel, collect and analyze information about how users are interacting with a regulated entity's website or mobile application."  MORE >>

Solutions Law Press

[Guidance Overview]

Upcoming Key Health Plan Compliance Deadlines and Reminders for Second Quarter 2024

"[These reminders cover] standard federal deadlines and select state and local deadlines.... Deadlines may or may not be applicable to your group, depending on the employer and plan characteristics."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

New Oregon Law (Mostly) Aligns OFLA and Paid Leave Oregon to Prevent Employees from Stacking Leave Benefits

"SB 1515, which the governor is expected to sign, provides some relief to employers under the state's various leave laws by amending Paid Leave Oregon and the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) to better align. [The bill] amends Oregon leave laws to mitigate employee leave stacking by eliminating some state leave law concurrency. [It] amends OFLA bereavement leave to a maximum of four weeks in a leave year."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

San Francisco HCSO Employer Annual Reports Are Due May 3

"The 2023 Employer Annual Reporting Form, along with instructions and resources, will be available on the HCSO website March 26-May 3. It is important for covered employers to submit within this timeframe. The reporting form is completed and submitted online to the OLSE. There is no paper form."  MORE >>

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Employers Should Audit Insurer Evidence of Insurability Approvals

"[T]he Prudential settlement agreement ... clearly relays the DOL's position that collecting supplemental life insurance coverage premiums from employees (and dependents) in the absence of an approved EOI is not an appropriate practice, and quite likely is a fiduciary breach.... [T]he DOL warns employers engaging in such a practice that they do so at their own peril, as they may be liable for claims submitted by beneficiaries if they fail to give notice to employees of a denied EOI."  MORE >>


Congress Considers PBM Reform

"Core themes of these pieces of legislation are increasing transparency of PBM operations and prohibitions or limitations on the use of spread pricing, a technique where PBMs could profit from the margin between what health plans are charged and what is paid to pharmacies, potentially incentivizing formularies to favor more costly drugs.... A deep dive into these significant bills will help us understand the potential landscape of PBM regulation and its far-reaching implications for the health care system."  MORE >>

Faegre Drinker, via Innovations Magazine

Whats Next for GLP-1s in 2024

"[1] Consumer demand for GLP-1s will continue to fuel the rapid evolution of new formulations.... [2] Global GLP-1 shortages will last through 2024 -- leaving even more patients behind.... [3] The GLP-1 shortage will further exacerbate health care disparities.... [4] Centers for excellence for obesity will increasingly emerge.... [5] Investment in research on the long-term efficacy of GLP-1s will ramp up.... [6] GLP-1s will become less costly due to increasing competition -- but employer spend will continue to rise.... [7] As more employers look to cover GLP-1s, balancing coverage with affordability will become imperative."  MORE >>


Companies Explore the Limitations of EAPs Amid Mental Health Crisis

"As companies grapple with the well-being crisis, there's a growing recognition that traditional Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) may no longer be enough to meet this challenge. Instead, innovative solutions that offer comprehensive and accessible support are coming to the fore."  MORE >>

HR Daily Advisor

Food as Medicine: Using Healthy Food to Prevent Poor Health Outcomes and Better Manage Well-Being

"Making it easier for employees to access quality food will not only address possible food insecurity issues, but also help with the prevention and management of chronic conditions.... Creating a work environment conducive to healthy eating and nutrition can help employees build healthy habits that last a lifetime.... Strategic plan design changes can support employees trying to reduce chronic condition risk factors and those actively managing chronic conditions."  MORE >>

Brown & Brown, Inc.

Locations and Characteristics of Pharmacy Deserts in the United States: A Geospatial Study

"This cross-sectional study used pharmacy address data and Census Bureau surveys to define pharmacy deserts at the census tract level in all 50 US States and DC ... [and] compared sociodemographic characteristics of pharmacy desert vs. non-pharmacy desert communities.... Nationally, 15.8 million (4.7%) of all people in the US live in pharmacy deserts, spanning urban and rural settings in all 50 states."  MORE >>

Health Affairs Scholar

Benefits in General

2025 Federal Budget Proposal Nearly Identical to Prior Years on Health, Retirement

"Many of the FY 2025 budget proposals track those made in prior Biden Administration budgets.... [This article outlines] key health, retirement, and benefits-related provisions in the budget."  MORE >>

Groom Law Group

Employee Benefits Jobs

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Regional Vice President of Sales

The Retirement Plan Company

Remote / AL / FL / GA / MS

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Loan & Distribution Specialist

AimPoint Pension


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Business Development Director

AimPoint Pension

Remote / Pompano Beach FL / AL / GA

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Employee Benefits Attorney

Hill Ward Henderson

Tampa FL / Hybrid

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Strategic Account Manager



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View job as Client Relationship Manager for Alerus

Client Relationship Manager


Hopkins MN / Arden Hills MN

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Selected New Discussions

RxDC Reporting 2023: Portal Issues?

"We have a client who logged in to HIOS (CMS) to submit their carved out direct contracting RxDC Reporting for 2023. However, the only years available are 2020, 2021 and 2022. Does anyone know if there's a 'start date' when you can submit RxDC data for 2023? CMS has launched a ticket but the agent wasn't aware of an opening date."

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Press Releases

Nationwide and Morningstar Retirement Team Up to Introduce Advisor Managed Accounts


TRA Bolsters Distribution Team Across Rocky Mountain Region

TRA [The Retirement Advantage]

RightBRIDGE to Offer Exclusive Access to Advanced Retirement Plan Data


Ardent Health Services Selects Quantum Health and Imagine360 to Optimize Health Benefits Program and Better Support Employee Healthcare Journeys

Quantum Health

Allianz Life Launches New Accumulation Annuity


OneDigital Welcomes Creative Business Resources in Phoenix


Webcasts and Conferences
(Health & Welfare Plans)

Navigating Employment Laws: Key Considerations for State Leave Law Compliance and Compliance with the ADA and the FMLA

March 21, 2024 WEBINAR

Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP [SGR]

Deep Dive into Qualifying Events and Special Enrollment Periods

April 9, 2024 WEBINAR

United Benefit Advisors

Last Issue's Most Popular Items

Healthy Habits for Health Plan Fiduciaries

Faegre Drinker

Manage Health Plan HIPAA, ERISA and Other Exposures from Change Healthcare Ransomware Attack

Solutions Law Press

Illinois Paid Leave for All Workers (PDF)


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