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HHS Model HIPAA Notices

The Office for Civil Rights and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology have collaborated to develop model Notices of Privacy Practices for health care providers and health plans to use to communicate with their patients and plan members.The HIPAA Privacy Rule gives individuals a fundamental right to be informed of the privacy...
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COBRA Has Not Been Eliminated

From the desk of Fritz Teutsch, President of BASIC. COBRA has not been eliminated under Healthcare Reform. All the same rules and regulations continue for health plans including those for vision and dental. On May 8, 2013 the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a revised model notice which added additional language to the qualifying event...
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Introducing BASIC Compliance

Compliance – it’s not a new concept, but with the evolving complexities of health care reform and human resources as a whole, remaining compliant has never been more important for your business.Safeguarding our clients from costly fees/penalties and time-consuming litigation has been our top priority for the past twenty-four years. Now as October 1, 2013...
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DOL Clarifies Scope of Same-Sex Spouse FMLA Rights

Provided  by Larry GrudzienThe Department of Labor (DOL) recently revised guidance on its website to confirm that same-sex spouses may be eligible for FMLA leave to care for a seriously ill spouse or for activities related to a spouse’s military deployment. The guidance does not modify the rule set out in current FMLA regulations that...
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New COBRA Qualifying Event Notice

letter New COBRA Qualifying Event NoticeIn order to meet the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) new COBRA Qualifying Event Notice, BASIC will be updating our COBRA system in September 2013. The new notice has an additional paragraph to inform qualified beneficiaries of the health insurance marketplace.The...
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FAQ Implementation of Affordable Care Act

Set out below are additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding implementation of various provisions of the Affordable Care Act. These FAQs have been prepared jointly by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the Departments). Like previously issued FAQs (available at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform/ and http://www.cms.gov/cciio/resources/fact-sheets-and-faqs/index.html), these...
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Is It Time to Update Your BAA?

Article provided by Janet Palcko of NEO Administration Company. BASIC is a majority partner of NEO Administration Company and together deliver integrated HR solutions to clients nationwide. Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) formally published its Omnibus Final Rule (“Final Rule”), which includes modifications to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules...
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