Implementing the ACA, HIPPA, GINA, ADA, and Title VII Discrimination Laws into Your Organization’s Wellness Strategy

Live Webinar | CEU Approved

  • 60 minutes

The federal government believes wellness programs can cut healthcare costs and decrease the cost of employer-sponsored health insurance by promoting health and preventing disease. The new federal regulations have divided wellness programs into two types with specific rules for each. A major piece of the regulations addresses the issue of employment discrimination based on health/disability, age, gender, and other protected classes. The U. S. Department of Labor, the Treasury, and Health and Human Services regulations require that regardless of the type of wellness program, every individual participating should be able to receive the full amount of any reward or incentive, regardless of any health factor. Specific regulations have been created to prevent employee discrimination in wellness programs. 

Join this session by expert speaker Susan Strauss, where she will discuss HIPAA and specific discrimination laws and their requirements for compliance in wellness programs. 

Session Highlights: 

  • Discrimination laws will refer to civil rights discrimination such as GINA (genetic information non-discrimination act), ADA (American Disabilities Act), Title VII (1964 workplace anti-discrimination act), ADEA (Age Discrimination in Employment Act)

  • HIPAA( Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) 

  • Challenges include: designing, developing and implementing an employer wellness program for employees without violating the various civil rights laws and the ACA 

  • Financial incentives include: healthcare cost containment when implementing a wellness program, diminishing liability when designing the program with the required laws in place

  • To differentiate between the two major types of wellness programs and why it matters 

  • To list the four standards required by the ACA for health-contingent wellness programs to follow to ensure nondiscrimination 

  • To contrast the reasonable alternative standard for activity-based wellness programs and the reasonable alternative standard for outcome-based plans To list the steps in designing, developing, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive wellness strategy 

Why You Should Attend: 

  • Internet resources for a variety of wellness planning guidelines 

  • EEOC Internet resources regarding GINA, the ADA and compliance with the EEOC

  • Copy of Q and A from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding HIPAA and wellness programs

  • Sample wellness strategy mission statements, goals and objectives 

  • Decision-making chart when implementing a wellness program 

  • Copy of a portion of HIPPA regarding Wellness programs from the Department of Health and Human Services 

Who Should Attend: 

  • VP/Director 

  • Manager of HR 

  • Wellness coordinator 

  • Committee members 

  • Managers 

  • Wellness program employees 

  • Any industry would benefit from this webinar who is either considering a wellness program, is looking at expanding its existing program or just wants to increase their knowledge about the legal aspects of their wellness strategy

*You may ask your Question directly to our expert during the Q&A session.

** You can buy On-Demand and view it as per your convenience.

Susan  Strauss

Susan Strauss

Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer and consultant. She has worked as a psychiatric nurse and her undergraduate degree is in psychology and human services. Her specialty areas include discrimination, harassment, and bullying; management/leadership development, and organization development. She is a registered nurse and has functioned as a psychiatric nurse. She works as an expert witness for discrimination lawsuits. Susan also trains and consults with business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.

Dr. Strauss has authored over 30 book chapters, books, and articles in professional journals. She has been featured on 20/20, CBS Evening News, and other television and radio programs as well as interviewed for newspaper and journal articles such as the Times of London, Lawyers Weekly, and Harvard Education Newsletter.

Susan has presented at international conferences in Botswana, Egypt, Thailand, Israel, Bali, Beirut and the U.S. She has consulted with professionals from other countries such as England, Australia, Canada, Beirut and St. Maartin, Israel, Bali, and Middle East. She has her doctorate in organizational leadership, is a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and human services, a master’s degree in community health, and professional certificate in training and development.

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