Nondiscrimination and Wellness Programs:
What You Need to Know About the
Final HIPAA Regulation

The final HIPAA nondiscrimination and wellness program regulations jointly issued by The Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services in December, are similar to the proposed rules published in 2001, but have additional requirements for wellness programs to be permissible while also adding some helpful clarifications and modifications.

The final regulations, effective on July 1, 2007, make clear that some, but not all, health promotion and disease prevention programs are subject to HIPAA's additional non-discrimination requirements.

"The distinctions are nuanced but critical," says Frank Alvarez, Jackson Lewis partner and Coordinator of the Firm's Disability, Leave & Health Management Practice Group. "If the final regulations apply, it may be necessary for plan sponsors to modify premium discount or rewards and design more specific procedures for addressing the needs of employees who cannot satisfy the program requirements due to medical conditions." Alvarez notes, however, that the increased certainty provided by the new regulations may create opportunities to design programs that escape the HIPAA regulations. "If that can be done, there would be even greater flexibility in the types of wellness incentives employers may offer."

Alvarez, along with Michael J. Soltis, partner with Jackson Lewis, Joseph Lazzarotti, attorney with Jackson Lewis and Ken Holtyn, Holtyn & Associates, Health Promotion Consultants provide a review of the final HIPAA nondiscrimination and wellness program regulations in "Nondiscrimination and Wellness Programs: What You Need to Know About the Final HIPAA Regulation," a 90-minute audio conference now available on CD-ROM.

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You'll get details on:

  • Which wellness and disease management programs are subject to HIPAA’s nondiscrimination requirement;
  • A review of the HIPAA requirements for wellness programs;
  • The five requirements for programs with rewards relating to health factors;
  • The limitations on rewards for wellness programs;
  • The "reasonably designed" requirement to promote good health or prevent disease;
  • The “reasonable alternative standard” (or waiver of the applicable standard) for obtaining rewards;
  • What opportunities exist to design programs that escape the HIPAA regulations;
  • How to maintain successful, compliant wellness programs;
  • The ramifications of noncompliance; and
  • How to avoid noncompliance with other federal or state laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) while becoming HIPAA compliant.

Listen to this program with your staff members for a comprehensive review of the final HIPAA nondiscrimination and wellness program regulations.

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Who Will Benefit From This Audio Conference on CD-ROM?

Workplace wellness managers, wellness/health educators, health coordinators, human resources executives, risk managers, fitness center managers, health promotion directors, wellness coordinators, staff educators, employee assistance professionals, hospitals, managed care organizations, health insurers, major employers, government employers, colleges and universities, operations managers, plant managers, exercise specialists, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation coordinators, employee health services managers, employee health nurse managers, occupational health directors, health systems administrators, disability managers, corporate fitness managers, managed care executives, disease management professionals, nurse managers, employee relations administrators and consultants.


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