Data Privacy

This past January, the AAA hosted a webinar presented by EMS/healthcare Attorneys Matthew Streger, Margaret Keavney, and Rebecca Ragkoski, titled Cybersecurity, Top 10 Considerations in Healthcare and How to Address Them. During this very informative webinar, Matt, Margaret, and Rebecca covered one of the biggest issues facing EMS and other healthcare providers today, data security. If you did not get chance to listen in on this program, it is available on-demand at the AAA website. As highlighted in their webinar, data security and data breach concerns are one of the most frequently encountered issues facing EMS agencies as healthcare providers but also as employers. Ensuring that patient and employee protected health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII) is adequately protected from access or intrusion is critically important. Alabama becomes the 50th state to enact data breach requirements for all individuals and businesses in the state. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) provides a great summary of the new breach requirements in several article resources published this week. The National Conference on State Legislatures is a great resource for learning the laws that apply to your organization. Of course, it is recommended that all members engage a law firm...

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Tax Bill Signals Benefit Changes—But Which Ones?

This has been an unbelievably crazy year in American politics and in the American workplace. While many Americans are considering how the Trump Administration Tax Reform Bill will impact their personal lives, employers need to stay focused on how this will impact their organizations and their employees.  The proposed changes will have a significant impact on how certain workplace benefits are treated and employers will need to begin to analyze how these changes will impact their financial planning. This article from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) summarizes the changes in the different versions of the tax reform Bills. As always, we will continue to monitor the movement of both versions and assist AAA members with preparing for the final changes.