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OIG Issues 2013 Annual Work Plan, Outlines Areas of Focus for Fiscal Year Ahead

Posted on October 10, 2012 by

The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) has published their annual work plan for the 2013 fiscal year (“2013 Work Plan”). The Work Plan focuses on areas where OIG plans to focus significant resources during the 2013 fiscal year. The 2013 Work Plan creates opportunities for […]

Reporting Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage on Form W-2: What Employers Need to Know

Posted on September 19, 2012 by

Have your Health Care Reform Checklist handy? Earlier this month we shared with you our “Getting on Track With Health Care Reform: Stop, Look, and Listen,” to help you “pack your bags” for a wild ride with Health Care Reform. First on the list is the requirement that employers report the cost of coverage under […]

Getting on Track with Health Care Reform: Stop, Look, and Listen

Posted on August 22, 2012 by

It’s time to get back on the Health Care Reform train before it leaves the station without you! You are only allowed one carry on item, and you know you don’t want to pay to check a bag. So what should an employer pack for the short trip to get to the end of 2012? […]

Wisconsin’s New “Title to Lien Holder” Law

Posted on August 16, 2012 by and

On July 30, 2012, Wisconsin officially became a “title to lien holder” and an electronic title state. These changes were included in the most recent state budget bill and were approved by the Wisconsin Legislature in 2011. See Assembly Bill 40, 3129-3130 (2011). Currently, 38 other states are “title to lien holder” states. Under this […]

A Summary of the Wisconsin Hospital Association Town Hall on Health Care Reform

Posted on July 24, 2012 by

The long-awaited Supreme Court ruling regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act is finally in, but serious issues and questions remain related to Medicaid expansion and insurance exchanges. On January 12, 2012, the Wisconsin Hospital Association hosted a town hall on health care reform. Health policy expert Billy Wynne, senior vice president and principal […]

The Supreme Court’s Health Care Reform Decision: What It Means To Wisconsin Providers

Posted on July 6, 2012 by

As we reported in a prior e-Alert, last Thursday, the United States Supreme Court issued its most anticipated opinion in years and upheld most of the 2010 health care reform laws. Since then, you cannot turn on any of the major news networks without hearing debate about where we go from here and what the […]

Health Care Reform Upheld by Supreme Court

Posted on June 28, 2012 by

The United States Supreme Court this morning issued its long awaited opinion on the Health Care Reform laws enacted back in 2010. In a very complicated decision, the Court upheld the constitutionality of Health Care Reform, including the “individual mandate” which required that by 2014 most individuals must purchase health coverage or face a penalty. […]

NLRB’s “Quickie Election” Rule Struck Down by District Court

Posted on May 16, 2012 by

On Monday, May 14, 2012, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia struck down the National Labor Relations Board’s published rule implementing “quickie elections.” As we discussed in January (blog post link), the “quickie election” provisions were designed to make union avoidance a more challenging proposition for private-sector employers. The recent decision […]

Getting the Most Out of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week

Posted on May 8, 2012 by

This week (May 6-12, 2012) has been designated as Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Health Care Compliance Association. Corporate Compliance Week is a great time to reinforce the message of compliance throughout your organization. At a minimum, you should use this opportunity to publicize your […]

2013 Health Savings Account Cost of Living Adjustments

Posted on April 30, 2012 by

The Internal Revenue Service last Friday announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the HSA contribution limits and for High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums for 2013. HSA/HDHP Requirement  Cost-of-Living Adjustments Limit on HSA Contributions – Self-only HDHP 2012 – $3,100 2013 – $3,250 Limit on HSA Contributions – Family HDHP 2012 – $6,250 […]