Compliance Corner
December 11, 2018


Podcast Episode 45: Employer Lessons from OCR HIPAA Settlements in 2018
Next Edition of Compliance Corner Cancelled

Health Care Reform

IRS Extends Forms 1095-B/C Reporting Deadline and Good Faith Effort Relief
IRS Issues 2018 Form 8941, Credit for Small Employer Health Insurance Premiums

Federal Health Updates

DOL Issues 2018 Form M-1 and New Filing Tips
Federal Agencies Release Regulatory Agenda

Retirement Updates

IRS Clarifies "Once In, Always In" Rule for 403(b) Plans

State and Territory Updates

West Virginia


How does an employer determine if they are over the 250-form threshold for the Forms W-2 reporting requirement? And if over the threshold, what types of coverage must be reported?


Podcast Episode 45: Employer Lessons from OCR HIPAA Settlements in 2018

In this episode, Suzanne and Chase review the Office of Civil Rights (OCR, a subdivision of HHS) list of HIPAA violation settlements that occurred in 2018. To lead off, though, Chase breaks down the purpose of the HIPAA privacy and security rules, and what the basic HIPAA requirements are for employers. Suzanne and Chase then discuss several OCR investigations of employer HIPAA violations that eventually led to settlements. Chase breaks down HIPAA violations resulting from several situations. First: a doctor’s response to media inquiries regarding a patient’s complaint. Second: a hospital group that developed policies and procedures, but failed to implement them and later experienced a breach when unencrypted USB drives were lost and an unencrypted computer was stolen. Third: a document retention company that left a box of files containing sensitive information in an unlocked truck in its parking lot. The final case involves hospitals that failed to obtain authorization from patients while filming a TV mini-series. Chase and Suzanne close with a discussion of HIPAA compliance learning points for employers and their group health plans.

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Next Edition of Compliance Corner Cancelled

The next edition of Compliance Corner is scheduled for release on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. However, that edition will be cancelled because of the holidays, and the next edition will be released on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2018.