FHSU Small Business Center to offer help with new regulations on medical privacy act

To help business people get up to date on recent regulation changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, the Fort Hays State University Kansas Small Business Development Center is sponsoring a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, 3000 Sternberg Drive.

Although doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories, insurance companies and other health care providers were all required to be in compliance by April 14, 2003, these regulations also affect employers. Susan Bittel, director of the FHSU KSBDC, urges business owners not to assume that they are not affected by the changes.

If an employer offers medical benefits to its employees, changes may be required in the way those benefits are offered, not only in major medical but in dental, vision and flexible spending accounts.

Small businesses, with "small" health plans, have an extra year to comply. A plan is considered small unless either premiums or pay-outs were more than $5 million.

"What Employers Need to Know About the HIPAA Medical Privacy Regulations" will be presented by Eric Namee and Steven Smith of the Hinkle Elkouri Law firm L.L.C.,Wichita.

The registration fee is $35.

Namee and Smith will explain how these regulations affect businesses and what the businesses will be required to do.

To register, call the FHSU Small Business Development Center, 109 W. 10th St., Hays, at (785) 628-6786.

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