Piontek Named IT Director
Milwaukee, Wisc., December 2, 2013 – The Starr Group is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Mark Piontek to IT Director.
Piontek moves to the IT Director role from his former position as senior systems administrator. He will be responsible for oversight of the development and implementation of all technology throughout the agency. Piontek plans IT governance throughout the agency, maintains hardware and software, and works to enhance current technologies to improve client services.
Big Changes and Double the Cost in 2014 for CDL Holders
Significant changes are being made by the Wisconsin DMV to the process of obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) next year. Since 1992, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration has required drivers to have a CDL in order to drive a commercial vehicle. Changes are routinely made to the requirements for obtaining a CDL, but in 2014 the transportation industry will be affected by some of the most sweeping changes made in years. Effective January 1st, 2014, the new regulations will go into effect for the Pre-trip and Skills test along with a substantial increase in cost to take the test.
Arndt Named Vice President-Operations
Milwaukee, Wisc., November 20, 2013 – The Starr Group is pleased to announce the promotion of Maureen Arndt to Vice President – Operations effective November 2013.
Arndt moves to the Vice President - Operations role from her former position as Director of Operations. She will be responsible for spearheading all of The Starr Group operations for personal lines, commercial lines, and the group benefits department.
Top 5 Reasons to Focus on HIPPA Compliance Now
At The Starr Group, we are actively partnering with our clients to ensure that they understand their new obligations under the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Rules. We are asking many of our groups to sign Business Associate agreements to allow us to work with protected health information. Now we are preparing this summary, with the assistance of the law firm Quarles and Brady, to explain why it is important for clients to focus on these rules.
- Breach Rules Sometimes Ignored. The HIPAA rules were changed in 2009, as part of the federal government's "stimulus" bill. These new "HITECH" rules imposed some new requirements. For example, beginning in 2009 health plans had to tell employees if there was a "breach" of an employee's "protected health information" (PHI). Some employers have yet to implement these 2009 breach rules.
- New Regulations. In January 2013, new HITECH regulations – different than the breach rule regulations – were released. They generally do not apply to fully-insured health plans. These rules mainly apply to self-funded major medical, dental or vision plans; health FSAs; health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs); and may even apply to wellness or employee assistance plans.
These new regulations generally require every self-funded health plan to: