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    Responding to legislative changes
The people in power and the laws they enact will significantly affect the industry in 2016 and beyond.

 9 Shift in the political landscape – National, state and local elections in 2016 will usher in new policy changes from immigration, government spending, trade sanctions, budget and compliance legislations that will impact every business for years to come.
 10 Complexity in state workers’ compensation systems – Various states will continue to address legislative measures that could have an extensive impact on claims including physician dispensing, drug repackaging, drug formularies, independent medical exams, medical marijuana, and the misclassification of employees and contractors.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) – As some ACA provisions will continue to impact payers and providers in 2016, the key issues for employers will include new reporting requirements from the Internal Revenue Service for ACA information returns, and increased penalties for not filing, filing late, or for missing or incorrect information.

 12 Employment laws – Employers will continue to manage compliance-related issues as they respond to ongoing changes in the ADA/ADAAA, FMLA, and other federal and state laws impacting our industry; and in the regulations established by OSHA and the EEOC.

Recent thought leadership on this topic:

  • Keys to compliance, Shawn Johnson, SVP Client Services |Edge Issue 001
  • Regulation-less nation, Darrell Brown, Chief Claims Officer |Edge Issue 001
  • Hash and burn, |Edge Issue 001
  • A progressive approach to reducing aged pending claims, |Edge Issue 001
  • Exclusive remedy and opt-out update, Edward Canavan, VP Workers’ Compensation Practice and Compliance |Edge Issue 002
  • Expert view, Darryl Hammann, EVP Disability and Absence Management Operations |Edge Issue 002
  • Advocacy: Secrets to employee re-engagement, Scott Rogers, EVP Casualty Operations |Edge Issue 003
  • Complying with the complexities of the ADA/ADAAA: A top priority for HR leaders, |Edge Issue 003
  • Expert view, Darrell Brown, Chief Claims Officer |Edge Issue 003
  • Unique leave of absence programs: Competitive advantages or complex challenges?, |Edge Issue 004
  • Edging up: Short takes on emerging industry issues, |Edge Issue 004
  • Edging up: The alphabet soup of government compliance, Bryon Bass, SVP Disability and Absence Practice and Compliance |Edge Issue 007
  • Unraveling Complex Claims, WC magazine / November 14, 2017
  • Opioid reserves in Medicare set-asides a nationwide problem, Business Insurance / November 08, 2017
  • Building better prescription drug practices, Property Casualty 360 / November 07, 2017
  • Advocacy Takes Off, Risk & Insurance / November 01, 2017
  • Bryon Bass: ADA Compliance, RTW and Workers' Comp: Let the Interactive Process Be Your Guide, WorkCompWire / October 30, 2017
  • Kimberly Webb: Is your return-to-work program ADA-compliant?, WorkCompWire / October 24, 2017
  • Absence Matters: Managing the Interactive Process, / September 10, 2017
  • Missed Appointments, Missed Opportunities, Risk and Insurance / September 07, 2017
  • States Vary in Handling Depression as Workers’ Comp Claims, / September 06, 2017
  • Doctors keep dispensing despite reforms, Business Insurance / September 04, 2017