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Anthem Data Breach Implications for Employers

February 5, 2015

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As has now been widely reported, Anthem, Inc. was the unfortunate target of a cyber-attack potentially impacting 80 million current and former customers. Some reports have indicated that the HIPAA breach notification rules will not apply to this breach. However, the information stolen appears to include individually identifiable information, potentially including health plan enrollment information. Enrollment information, in the hands of a health plan, is protected health information (PHI), so it is possible that the HIPAA data breach notification rules are applicable. As such, both insured and self-funded customers utilizing Anthem as their TPA should review information concerning the Anthem breach carefully before concluding that the HIPAA breach notification rules do not apply.

Additionally, given that claims for other Blue Cross Blue Shield customers may have been submitted through Anthem for employees and dependents in an Anthem service area, it is possible that Anthem has information on individuals

Understanding Basic Financial Statement Information for Nonprofits

February 3, 2015

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  • When: Thursday, March 26, 2015 || 2–5 PM
  • Where: J.C. Penney Conference Center, UMSL North Campus
  • Fee: $25 – Click here to register now!

Every organization has board or staff members that possess financial credentials and/or experience and are charged with the primary responsibility of reporting or managing the financial matters of the nonprofit. However, board and staff members whose expertise is other than financial still need the ability to monitor the financial condition of the organization and be in a position to ask questions and determine if the organization has the resources to carry out its program goals and strategies. This is an introductory course in how to read financial statements for those who are not finance or accounting professionals.

Attendees will learn:

  • What to look for when reading financial statements
  • Indicators of financial health, as well as how to detect potential trouble spots
  • What is different

What’s in a Name: Independent Contractor v. Employee

January 28, 2015

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One of the earliest decisions a start-up will make is whether it will engage independent contractors or hire employees. Some new businesses prefer to utilize independent contractors to do specific tasks, like accounting functions, because contractors can provide hiring flexibility and cost savings. A business can lower its expenses on things like payroll taxes and employee benefits if it engages an independent contractor instead of an employee for certain projects.

However, it is not enough to merely call a worker a “contractor” instead of an employee. Further, it can be costly if an employer misclassifies an employee as an independent contractor. For instance, the business could be liable for withholding taxes for the worker for the time he or she was employed.

The IRS and the states utilize different tests to determine whether an individual is an employee or independent contractor. Some states examine the previous IRS 20 factor test

Data Security Breaches

January 5, 2015

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Data Security Breaches

January 5, 2015

Authored by: David Zetoony

Almost ten years ago, before the term “data security breach” was ever seen in a newspaper, criminals broke into an accounting firm and stole a computer containing large quantities of sensitive information.

That was the first breach that I handled at Bryan Cave.  Since that time we have successfully responded to over three hundred security incidents, handled numerous Federal Trade Commission investigations into security and privacy practices, responded to class action demands, and, perhaps most importantly helped our clients prepare for (and in some cases prevent) security breaches.

Earlier this year the Washington Legal Foundation asked us to take our knowledge from the past decade and write a practical guide to in-house counsel on what to do before, and after, a security incident.  We are proud of the result and hope that it helps our clients better protect themselves this year.  We are also honored that FTC Commissioner Ohlhausen chose

IRS Exempt Organization Newsletter 2014-21

January 2, 2015

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On December 11, the IRS released its Exempt Organization Newsletter, Issue Number 2014-20.

  • IRS issues final regulations on new requirements for tax-exempt hospitals
  • Register for IRS webinar: Gaming and Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Register for EO workshops
  • IRS EO phone forum and webinar Q&As posted
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