|Feb. 1, 2011 | www.fisherphillips.com|
Beginning on January 1, 2011, certain employers and insurers were required to report settlements, judgments or awards, where medical expenses are paid to a Medicare-eligible claimant. The requirement applies to settlements, judgments, or awards established on or after October 1, 2010. In order to comply with these reporting requirements, covered entities will need to register with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as soon as they become aware of a reportable claim.
The new regulations issued by the EEOC under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) became effective on January 10, 2011. The regulations make clear that the law protects applicants, current and former employees, trainees, and apprentices. The EEOC has already received hundreds of charges alleging violations of GINA. Employers must now post new information and take other steps to comply, including the use of "safe harbor" language when requesting health-related information from an employee or healthcare provider.