Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangement (MEWA) Pros and Cons

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As employers prepare for open enrollment and begin planning recruitment strategies, it is crucial for teams to recognize how they can best maximize their health plan and benefits packages. For some employers, a multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA) can help.

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2022 Health Policy Outlook

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The US healthcare system is entering the third year of a public health emergency due to COVID-19, and the challenges and enduring pressures of the pandemic will require US Congress and the Biden administration to consider new response strategies.

COVID-19 Health & Welfare: Compliance for Employers Update

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While the coronavirus continues to surge nationwide, HR and benefits professionals are scrambling to address employee benefits issues and concerns.

IRS Announces 2023 Limits for Health Savings Accounts, High-Deductible Health Plans and Excepted Benefit HRAs

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Recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced (See Revenue Procedure 2022-24) cost-of-living adjustments to the applicable dollar limits for health savings accounts (HSAs), high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) and excepted benefit health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) for 2023.

How to Tackle Common Health and Welfare Questions

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In today's multi-generational workforce, health and wellness benefits are weighted equally with salary expectations. This has driven many employers to focus on providing solid health benefits not only to improve employee retention and engagement, but to attract top talent, as well. This webinar reviews the common challenges human resources and benefits professionals face when offering health and wellness benefits to employees.

Wild Ride Awaits Health, Life Science Policy in 2022

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Healthcare and life sciences lawyers will likely have plenty of work in 2022 thanks to pending legislative and regulatory actions throughout the healthcare, health insurance, and drug and device industries.

The DOL Asks and Answers Questions About the New Welfare Plan Fee Disclosure Rules

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In Field Assistance Bulletin 2021-03 (12/31/21) (FAB), the Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance and temporary enforcement policy to address the new 408(b)(2) disclosure requirements that apply to certain service providers to group health plans. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 amended ERISA Section 408(b)(2) to extend the disclosure requirements that have long applied to retirement plans, to group health plans.

Major Health Systems, Hospital-at-Home Company Launch Advocacy Effort

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A coalition launched by several major health systems and a hospital-at-home company aims to continue delivering hospital-level-at-home care in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Webinar | The Latest Developments in Health and Welfare Plans

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This webinar covered the latest on health care reform - legislation that's passed in the last six months, what's on the way, and what it means for your organization. We work in an exciting industry – which means quick changes are the norm, and adaptability is a necessity. Keep your compliance plans up to date with a download of all legislative changes since our last update webinar.

America’s Hospital Regulator Wasn’t Designed for a Pandemic

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Webinar Recap | Healthcare Check In: The Latest Developments in Health and Welfare Plans

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Watch our one-hour webinar and keep your compliance plan up-to-date with a download of recent health and welfare plan legislative changes. We work in an exciting industry—which means quick changes are the norm, and adaptability is a necessity. We cover legislation that's passed, what's on the way, and what it means for your organization. Webinar

Safe Harbor Issued for Reporting Healthcare Prices Under Transparency Rules

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The US Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury recently released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the implementation of certain reporting provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

New York State Ends COVID-19 HERO Act Designation

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On March 17, 2022, New York State’s Commissioner of Health ended the designation of COVID-19 as an airborne infectious disease that presents a serious risk of harm to public health under the New York Health and Essential Rights (HERO) Act.

‘Unprecedented Interest’ in Employer-Covered Abortion Travel

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OSHA Announces Plan to ‘Expand Its Presence’ in Certain Healthcare Facilities Treating COVID-19 Patients

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Between March 9, 2022, and June 9, 2022, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will “expand its presence” in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities that treat COVID-19 patients and that were previously cited or issued Hazard Alert Letters for alleged COVID-19 violations.

See What’s Next with McDermott+Consulting’s 340B Ligitation Tracking Tool

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The Court held that the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) improperly imposed a payment cut of almost 30% on 340B drugs paid by […]. Employee Benefits Health and Welfare Plans 340B program American Hospital Association v.

Employers Explore Abortion Coverage Continuation

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Webinar | Healthcare Check-In: The Latest Developments in Health and Welfare Plans

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We work in an exciting industry – which means quick changes are the norm, and adaptability is a necessity. Keep your compliance plans up to date with a download of all legislative changes since our last update webinar. We'll cover legislation that's passed in the last six months, what's on the way, and what it means for your organization. Join us on Tuesday, Aug. 7 for our one-hour webinar! Upcoming Webinar

California Updates COVID-19 Cal/OSHA ETS

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On April 21, 2022, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s (Cal/OSHA) Standards Board approved the Third Readoption of the state’s COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS).

Agencies Provide Guidance on Impending Transparency in Coverage Rule Implementation

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On April 19, 2022, the US Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (collectively, the Departments) released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the implementation of certain reporting provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

VIDEO: Telehealth Laws in Flux as Pandemic Precautions End

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The uncertainty around the termination of state public health emergencies is leading to the growth of healthcare companies with physical and virtual presences.

Preparing for the Demise of Roe v. Wade and the Criminalization of Abortion in Some US States: Practical Considerations for a Post-Roe World

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Broadband Internet a Hurdle as Telehealth Services Rise in Popularity

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Inflation and ERISA Penalties: Hand in Hand for 2022

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The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015 directs the US Department of Labor (DOL) to make annual inflation adjustments to specified Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) violations.

Saga and Legal Challenges Continue Despite Vaccine Requirement for Healthcare Workers

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Nevertheless, in this article published by the Health Care Compliance Association, McDermott Partner Sandra DiVarco said that the Supreme Court’s decision wasn’t a surprise.

Trends and Priorities for the Human Capital Committee

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Update to Fraud Self-Disclosure Rules for Regulated Healthcare Entities

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On November 8, 2021, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an update to the Health Care Fraud Self-Disclosure Protocol (SDP).

Staying Connected: An Update on Medicare Reimbursement for Telehealth Services After the PHE

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In hopes that the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) will soon end, Congress and the administration are evaluating the telehealth expansions and flexibilities put in place to respond to the PHE.

OSHA Reaffirms Arrival of Permanent Healthcare Industry COVID-19 Standard

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ERIC Files Amicus Brief Rebutting DOL Attempt to Create New Regulations in Lawsuit

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ERIC Petitions US Supreme Court on Seattle Healthcare Case

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Group Health Plans Must Provide Free Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Tests Effective January 15, 2022

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On January 10, 2022, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury (collectively the “Departments”) issued Affordable Care Act FAQs Part 51 which addresses, in relevant part, payment for over-the-counter (“OTC”) COVID-19 testing. Health & Welfare Plans covid

Fired for Not Getting the COVID Vaccine? A Reality for Some, but Not All

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Agencies Clarify How Employers Can Charge COVID-19 Vaccine Premium Incentives

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US employers have grown increasingly interested in identifying incentives that increase COVID-19 vaccination among employees.

Group Health Plans Must Provide Free Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Tests Effective January 15, 2022

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On January 10, 2022 the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury issued Affordable Care Act FAQs Part 51 which addresses, in relevant part, payment for over-the-counter (“OTC”) COVID-19 testing. For more information about the OTC COVID-19 testing and its impact on employer-sponsored group health plans, see our SW Benefits Update, “ Group Health Plans Must Provide Free Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Tests Effective January 15, 2022 – Six Takeaways.”.

Biden Administration Foreshadows Impending Nursing Home Quality Reforms

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On February 28, 2022, the White House issued a fact sheet outlining several efforts aimed to increase safety, accountability, oversight and transparency in the senior services industry (Fact Sheet).