Volume 4, Number 11

Special Alert
Our good friend, past president and co-founder of The Benefit Services Group, Inc. (BSG®), Don Vernon, passed away on October 15, 2013. Don and Jerry Frye, current owner and president of BSG, worked together at Frank B. Hall and then founded BSG in 1987. Don retired from the company in 1995. He will be dearly missed. Click here for BSG Memorial Tribute.
Contracts, Compliance, and Research

United Benefit Advisors


United Benefit Advisors Chief Compliance Officer Linda Rowings addresses the question "why do we still have COBRA?" after the health
marketplaces become available. She also provides an updated model COBRA election notice from the Department of Labor (DOL).
Click here to access the full article.
Click here for more information on COBRA Continuation Coverage from the DOL.
Contracts, Compliance, and Research
HIPAA Compliance
What the New HIPAA Omnibus Rule Means to You



The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the new HIPAA Omnibus Rule covering
HIPAA privacy and security enforcement, security breaches and generic information.
MetLife has prepared a Legislative Release, LI-457, which describes the requirements of the HIPAA Omnibus Rule.
Click here for the full Legislative Release.
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Overuse of Antibiotics is Still a Problem



In findings that echo and corroborate recent CDC warnings about overuse of antibiotics leading to antibiotic resistance, the NCQA reported no progress on overuse of antibiotics in
their recently released State of Health Care Quality Report 2013. Employers can address this serious health threat by using free resources from the CDC to educate their employees about the proper uses for antibiotics.  
Click here for the CDC "Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work."
Click here for electronic copies of the NCQA 2013 report. 

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Client Reminder: More information regarding Health Care Reform and other benefit resources are available on the HR360 website, available to BSG clients under the "Resources" menu of your HR Express website.
BSG subscribes to this service for your benefit. If you would like to learn more regarding this resource, please contact your account management team at BSG. 
Additional Tools:
  • Pay or Play Toolkit
  • 2013 Health Care Reform Checklist
  • Performance Review Builder 



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