Remote Access — Do You Know Who Is In Your Data?

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Just over 80 percent of HR managers in a recent survey gave their agencies a grade of B or C for progress in meeting the Telework Enhancement Act’s goals of using telework to achieve greater flexibility in workforce management Letting workers access sensitive systems and data from off-site locations and, potentially, using uncontrolled devices raises a [Read More...]

Improving Patient Outcomes through Secure Data Exchanges

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Michael Nelson recently presented at the WEDI Annual Conference on the topic of Secure Medical Record Exchanges. Sharing patient information across healthcare networks helps providers offer better care, improve patient outcomes, and reduce costs. However, as more and more health information becomes available electronically through secure data exchanges – Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Health [Read More...]

2014 Farm Bill Requires New Report to Prove SNAP Benefits Not Paid to the Deceased

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A provision of the 2014 Farm Bill requires agencies to submit a report to the USDA to prove they haven’t issued benefits to the deceased. Section 4032 of the Agricultural Act of 2014, “Annual State report on verification of SNAP participation,” says that agencies must submit a report to the Secretary of Agriculture …containing sufficient [Read More...]

FCRA Compliance for Social Service Agencies

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If you’re still mailing verification requests, even for employers who are part of The Work Number®, soon you’ll have a much better way to serve your clients and your agency more securely. In the near future, all agencies will be required to authenticate themselves on our website in addition to selecting a permissible purpose. These [Read More...]

Human Services Upcoming Conferences – Hope to See You There!

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We’ll be exhibiting at many of the key conferences and forums for human services in coming months. We’d love to set aside some time so we can hear about your needs and explore a potential partnership. Ohio CSEA Directors’ Association 2014 Spring Symposium April 27-29 Dublin, OH >> Request a Meeting Pacific Southwest Regional Council [Read More...]

Authentication and Encryption Working Together

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As online traffic increases, organizations are making decisions about appropriate levels of authentication for their consumer-facing portals. These organizations are determining how authentication “speed bumps” in front of consumers affect adoption and use because they want to make it easy for a consumer to get to his data. The problem, of course, is that making it easy [Read More...]

ACA IRS Reporting: 6055 & 6056 Final Regulations Released

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final rules to implement the information reporting provisions for insurers and certain employers under the ACA that take effect in 2015.  The ACA IRS reporting is intended to promote transparency with respect to health plan coverage and costs. It will also provide [Read More...]

HiMSS Recap

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We’re you able to be at the HiMSS Conference this year? We had quite a bit of discussion around EMRs and the pending Meaningful Use deadlines – particularly the security and fraud issues associated with those goals. We also heard from attendees that they are looking for more information about: Identity proofing at patient portals [Read More...]

ACA and Look-Back Periods: Why, Who, What, How?

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The final ACA regulations are here. Are you prepared? The final ACA regulations have been issued, but what does this mean for large employers? It means more clarity around determining eligibility for different types of employees such as variable-hour, temporary, part-time, and seasonal workers. While more guidance has been provided around which hours count towards [Read More...]

Another Day, Another ACA Delay…Or Is It?

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The Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced yesterday that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Employer Mandate will be delayed once again… but not so fast, these updates only apply to about 4% of U.S. employers. Before assuming your business can wait yet another year to comply with the ACA Employer Mandate, [Read More...]