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24 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Health Care Happenings: Follow Up on Understanding Mental Health Parity Compliance in 2021
On this follow up episode to Mental Health Parity Compliance in 2021, the team welcomes Sarah Burns, Senior Employee Benefits Attorney, to discuss the recent Tri-Departments Mental Health Parity FAQs for group health plans having to perform comparative analysis on NQTLs. The team discusses what actions employers may want to take based of these FAQs and how they can make a good faith effort to comply with the requirements.
11 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Health Care Happenings: PCORI Fee with Special Guest Anjali Radia
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee reporting is coming. Samantha Malovrh is joined by Anjali Radia, Employee Benefits Attorney at OneDigital, to go over the basics of the PCORI fee and what employers of self-insured health plans need to be aware of.
22 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Health Care Happenings: SCOTUS Decision on ACA
The third landmark decision is in. The Supreme Court’s latest decision in the ongoing saga regarding the Affordable Care Act skirts the big questions. This episode breaks down the Supreme Court’s decision, what it means to stakeholders, how it effects the future of the ACA and health care, and what, if anything, may be on the horizon.
16 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Health Care Happenings: Form 5500 with Special Guest Peter Graf
On this episode, Samantha is joined by Peter Graf, senior compliance consultant at OneDigital, to discuss the basics of the annual Department of Labor’s report, the Form 5500.
34 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Today’s Health Care: Interview with Dr. Hill
As a follow up to Episode 9 where we tackled the shortage of primary physicians, we wanted to get real feedback from someone closer to the situation. Dr. Brian Hill, founder and CEO of HIPnation, an innovative company tackling better delivery of health care, joins us to share his take on defining what an effective primary care relationship looks like, pros and cons of the fee-for-service model, the reasons behind the shortage of primary care doctors, and how innovative arrangements can improve patient, employer, and overall health outcomes.
31 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Today’s Health Care: Shortage of Primary Care Physicians
The U.S. is facing a growing shortage of primary care and specialty physicians. During Part 3 of “Today’s Healthcare,” a miniseries, the team discusses the reasons for the shortage, how the shortage impacts healthcare costs, future challenges and potential resolutions.
24 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Let's Talk About It Series: Conversations
Committing to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEI&B) is not about having a feel-good story; it’s not even about being an employer of choice. DEI&B is about the success of your business and, quite frankly, doing the right thing. The world is changing and prioritizing having a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization where every employee, at every level of the organization, knows they can bring their whole self to work is key.
37 minutes | May 27, 2021
Understanding the Workplace Implications: CDC Updated Mask Requirements for Vaccinated People
After over a year of mask mandates, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently relaxed many COVID-19 safety recommendations for fully vaccinated people – seemingly overnight.But where do employers go from here?How can leaders effectively manage the workforce while complying with continuously changing rules? Can employers revise their mask requirements and social-distancing policies?Listen to this webinar for an overview and examination of the more complicated questions employers are facing as they navigate and interpret the guidance from the CDC, the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
14 minutes | May 21, 2021
Health Care Happenings: Much Needed COBRA Premium Assistance Guidance Released
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released much needed guidance regarding the American Rescue Plan Act’s (ARPA) COBRA premium assistance subsidy. During this timely episode, Annette and Samantha highlight the guidance as it relates to common employer questions surrounding ARPA. Does reduction of hours include voluntary and involuntary? What is involuntary termination? How do employers obtain the credit?
14 minutes | May 21, 2021
Today’s Health Care: Setting the Stage for Unnecessary Care
If we think about health care efforts and legislative efforts we see today, most of it is focused on access rather than the systemic issues associated with health care programs and costs. During Part 2 of “Today’s Healthcare,” a miniseries, the team delves into the discrepancies we see between the cost of care and outcomes, the reinforcing causes behind excess care and what consumers can do to take back some of their power.
13 minutes | May 21, 2021
Today’s Health Care: Introduction
No matter how prepared, how healthy or careful you are, there’s no way to predict when you may need to access care, how much you’ll need and what it will cost. Yet, compared with any other consumer experience, people hardly know their options, and it’s generally not encouraged to ask what the cost is or shop around. Join our Health Care Happenings team for the introductory episode in the miniseries “Today’s Healthcare” dedicated to tackling the state of health care today, what each stakeholder wants, the concerns and opportunities for each of us.
14 minutes | May 4, 2021
Vaccine Hesitancy? Addressing Common Concerns and Information
You might be tired of hearing about it: COVID, COVID, COVID. But don’t tune out just yet. Listen in on this brief podcast for a real dialogue on the discourse happening in communities regarding the vaccine, leading to awareness of larger healthcare issues that needs to be addressed and discussed. Vaccine hesitancy is a growing problem with serious consequences. While concerns about safety, fear of the unknown, side effects and misinformation are the primary drivers of this distrust, there’s more to the story than meets the eye. Tune into this Employer Advisory Podcast for a thoughtful discussion around the context for this hesitancy within your workforce and how organizations might be able to bridge the trust gap.
19 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Health Care Happenings: COBRA Subsidy FAQs and Model Notices Released April 7, 2021
Now that the dust (and panic) has settled, our team of compliance leaders review the latest guidance released by the DOL. Although there are still more questions than answers, they examine what we do know, the required notifications and what employers may want to consider enacting today.
11 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Health Care Happenings: A Conversation About the Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Settlement
Since 2012, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has been involved in a class-action lawsuit pertaining to their alleged national anti-competitive policies. So then, why are leaders receiving calls from third-party vendors offering to submit claims? And why do so many of these vendors’ websites appear to look exactly like the official Blue Cross Blue Shield Settlement page? OneDigital’s team of compliance leaders discuss what’s really going on, the steps if any employers may wish to take and how to determine if it’s worth your organization’s time to take any next steps. Dive into the recent Health Care Happenings Podcast episode for a review of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Settlement now. Tune in to the last Health Care Happenings Episode here: The American Rescue Plan Act, 2021 + COBRA Premium Subsidies.
56 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
We've Been at This for a Year: How Is Your Mental Health & Wellbeing?
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on our lives for a year and our mental health and wellness have felt the strain.According to a survey by a mental health benefits provider, two-thirds of employees report poor mental health has undercut job performance during the COVID-19 pandemic, and 40% of employees are battling burnout.Two kinds of stress combine to make COVID-19 a significantly difficult situation – intense stress and prolonged stress. However, employers and business leaders must do more than simply make it acceptable to talk about stress. Without proactive strategies and transparent communication to ensure employees are supported, they risk alienating their workforce, significant losses in productivity and harming their corporate brand for years to come.Join our wellbeing and HR leaders as they discuss how leadership can champion a new culture of wellbeing, the integral role management plays in recognizing the signs of stress and access resources and tools to help execute these newfound strategies.
18 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Health Care Happenings: The American Rescue Plan Act
Following the signing of the latest COVID-19 relief law, employers and plan managers everywhere are scrambling to understand the implications on the employee benefits program, their people and the business. But by far, the section most are concerned by are the COBRA premium subsidies.Many leaders and plan managers are feeling frustrated, trying to interpret and understand the requirements to determine what is being asked of them today. Our compliance leaders discuss the latest updates, action items and timeframes known today. While there is plenty of information in this 600-page law, but they focus on the items that impact employers.Their biggest takeaway for all leaders? Keep calm and stay tuned for additional guidance.
14 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Health Care Happenings: Mental Health Parity
The Mental Health Parity prevents mental health treatment or substance abuse treatment from being more onerous than other medical or surgical treatments. In other words, you can’t have higher copays, larger deductibles or more unique deductibles; really, any extra “hoops” to jump through. Although these rules have been in place for a while, the new rules are more challenging for employers to follow. The new rules have caught many off guard and they’re effective immediately. Our compliance experts welcome podcast guest Compliance Strategist Ron Bargatze for episode two of the Health Care Happenings Podcast, to break down the new rules, explore the comparative analysis and how best to handle non-quantitative coverage. They also break down the conversations to have with carriers to access and clarify this information and make available and recommended actions.
50 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Health Care Happenings
The health care industry and benefits landscape are continually evolving and there’s never a dull moment. But health care costs continue to escalate, and while the pandemic upended certain expenses for a time, large employers in the U.S. expect benefits costs will rise 5.3 percent in 2021. It’s clear there is much work to be done to address this unsustainable increase and improve the health care experience. Our compliance leaders have a unique passion for innovating in this space and offer novel and practical solutions to help organizations navigate this complex environment and make a long-term impact. During the inaugural episode of Health Care Happenings, an Employer Advisory Podcast, OneDigital’s compliance leaders share their passion for advancing the political health care landscape, their recent virtual visit to the Hill and discussions with Congress about what the most pressing topics are for employers. Tune in for the lighthearted banter, stay for the critical intel around the latest developments around the COVID-19 crisis, market stabilizers and public option.
79 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
What's Next for Health Care Policy Under a Biden Administration?
With President Joe Biden sworn into office, the question keeping many leaders up at night seems to be: what does this mean for the healthcare landscape the Affordable Care Act and what impact will that have on my organization? Tune into this podcast to hear what we can expect from the new administration and the impact on employer requirements, compliance around COVID-19, employee benefits and the healthcare landscape at large. PLAY EPISODE Looking for more information around how COVID-19 has impacted federal legislation and regulatory guidance? Download the COVID-19 and Employee Benefits Toolkit and tap into the benefits changes, examples of those changes, leave of absence affecting benefits including furloughs and layoffs and more.
17 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
How to Improve Employee Morale Amidst Uncertainty
To say employees are working under unique circumstances in 2020 would be considered an understatement by most. We are dealing with an intersection of stressors between the global pandemic, the impact of the resulting economic downturn, political divisions in an election year, and social unrest. Add in the upcoming holiday season and it may seem like a plunge in employee morale is inevitable, but is it? The short answer: it doesn’t have to be. Managing morale in the face of crisis can be challenging but it can also provide an opportunity for self-examination, realignment, affirmation, celebration, team building and growth.
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