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Medicare Part D Notices Due Before Oct. 15

Each year, Medicare Part D requires group health plan sponsors to disclose to individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D and to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) whether the health plan’s prescription drug coverage is creditable. Plan sponsors must provide the annual disclosure notice to Medicare-eligible individuals before October 15—the start date of the annual enrollment period for Medicare Part D. CMS has provided model disclosure notices for employers to use.


Employers should confirm whether their health plans' prescription drug coverage is creditable or non-creditable and prepare to send their Medicare Part D disclosure notices before October 15. To make the process easier, employers often include Medicare Part D notices in open enrollment packets they send out prior to October 15.

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Workplace Bullying: More Common Than You'd Think

 

National Bullying Prevention Month is recognized every October. What many people don’t realize is that workplace bullying affects more than 35 percent of adult Americans.


Employers that sponsor group health plans should periodically review their compliance with HIPAA rules, including whether their security analysis and risk management for electronic PHI is up to date. Employers should also watch for more guidance from HHS on these compliance requirements.


What is Workplace Bullying?


Generally, workplace bullying is defined as the use of intimidation through power, influence, tone, or language to affect a person negatively. Often, bullying is intentional, but sometimes the bully is not aware of their hurtful actions or words. Workplace bullying affects safety, productivity, trust, and the workplace culture.


If you have a question about Workplace Bulling/Harassment,  we can help. Call us at 816.654.6800

If you work with us, you can expect us to:

  • Challenge assumptions and the status quo
  • Push your Human Resources Function to move beyond where you are today
  • Identify the challenges of your Human Resources Function and look for new solutions that will drive opportunities
  • Educate as we go, leaving your team more capable and more independent
Open Enrollment is Around the Corner

Each year, once the dust of open enrollment settles, employers always ask, "What could we have done better?" The usual answer: employee communication.


HR is in a unique position to talk about open enrollment because of their relation to employees and their extensive benefits knowledge. With this in mind, consider having HR distribute open enrollment communication through a multichannel approach. Reminder emails, text blasts, short explanatory videos, and posters in the break room are all great methods for reaching employees. Offering meaningful resources and reminders can boost employee engagement and retention, and improve workers' long-term health and wellness.


Speak with your health insurance broker to learn more about your communication options.

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