VistaNational helps Human Resources professionals balance the increasingly complex task of managing benefits and shrinking budgets and staff. We assign a dedicated team of experienced benefits professionals to work closely with your HR organization – proactively providing strategic consultation, planning, support and employee communications.
TOOLS FOR HR PROFESSIONALS
Vista provides valuable tools to help HR professionals work more effectively and efficiently and contribute to a workplace environment that will attract and retain talented employees. Our HR tools include:
On January 25, 2013, Health and Human Services (HHS), the federal agency in charge of implementing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) issued regulations modifying the HIPAA Privacy and Security enforcement rules. These regulations finalized the amendments to HIPAA that were made by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act), modifying the HITECH Act’s interim-breach notification rules and modifying the HIPAA Privacy Rules to implement the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA).
The final rules went into effect on March 26, 2013; covered entities and business associates must comply with the final rule by September 23, 2013. For those who have not met the September 23rd deadline, VistaNational has purchased a compliance package for your Employer Group Health Plan; click here to view the HIPAA Privacy Forms Package – Updated 10/02/13 (DOCX). This package includes:
Please know you should have already been contacted by us to sign a revised Business Associate Agreement. If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to send that signed agreement to one of your VistaNational team members as soon as possible.
For more information/guidance on the HIPAA Privacy Forms Package, please download the presentation Complying with HIPAA Privacy Rules (PPTX).
VistaNational has the expertise to address the increasing complexity of complying with employee benefits legislation and regulations. Our compliance services include access to an ERISA attorney as a compliance consultant, implementation of compliance best practices, and seminars and ongoing updates on changing laws and regulations. We can help reduce your compliance anxiety through:
Implementation – Ensure that benefit programs are complaint
The Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) requires entities (whose policies include prescription drug coverage) to notify Medicare eligible policyholders whether their prescription drug coverage is creditable coverage, which means that the coverage is expected to pay on average as much as the standard Medicare prescription drug coverage. The employer responsibilities remain a two-fold process:
Please see below notices and instructions for the Medicare Part D creditable coverage process.
Creditable Coverage Notice (Word) or Non-Creditable Coverage Notice (Word)
This notice needs to be sent out to ALL employees NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 15, 2016.
Creditable Coverage Simplified Determination (PDF)
Guide to determine if your plan is “creditable”.
Creditable Coverage Disclosure Manual (PDF)
Instructions for how to use the CMS website.
What is Creditable Coverage?
For more information regarding CMS, please click here. (link to CMS.gov page)