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Compliance Recap | April 2019

April was a busy month in the employee benefits world. The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) issued its parameters for the defined standard Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit for 2020. In the court case challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s ...

Ready to Spark Joy in Your Office?

The hit Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” has set off a wave of house organization, purging, and general tidying. Many thrift stores and donation centers report being overwhelmed with bags and boxes of items recently filling American’s homes. What, though, of the workplace? Should a ...

Final 2020 Benefit Payment and Parameters Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule and fact sheet for benefit payment and parameters for 2020. According to CMS, the final rule is intended to reduce fiscal and regulatory burdens associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) ...

Compliance Recap | March 2019

March was a busy month in the employee benefits world. The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it will not defend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the court case challenging the ACA’s constitutionality. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) updated two Q&As ...

Advocacy in Action | Home Health Services

A member was being billed over $4,000 for home health services. The member was very upset as he did not have money to pay the charges. He called The Purple Card® to see what they could do to help. The Patient Advocate contacted the home health service provider and the carrier’s claim department ...

Employer Sponsored Wellness Programs

Wellness programs have been a critical part of leading health care benefits provided by employers to establish a culture of health in the workplace. Comprised of many and varied “plug-and-play” modular initiatives, these programs can include health information portals, seminars, health risk ...

Compliance Recap | February 2019

February was a quiet month in the employee benefits world. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released an information letter addressing when an employer may seek recoupment of contributions made to an employee’s HSA. A U.S. District Court held that the State of Maryland could not ask for a ...

Advocacy in Action | HRA Reimbursement

A member desperately needed surgery and was very concerned because the surgical center was requesting a $2,000 upfront payment. The member had no idea how he was going to come up with the money on such short notice. He called The Purple Card® for help.  The member’s insurance plan had a $5,000 ...

In Pursuit of a Better Meeting

Groans and sighs often greet the ping of a meeting invite hitting an inbox. While it may be impossible to make meetings more fun than the office holiday party, it is possible to lessen the dread, increase morale, and improve the results of a meeting. Complaints about meetings are often ...

Sharpen Those Soft Skills

Knowing how to code or being well versed in Artificial Reality is one way for a recruit or employee to set themselves apart. In many companies, though, it’s soft skills like time management, public speaking and oral communication, leadership, and even emotional intelligence that is ...