Do HIPAA Privacy & Security Rules Apply to Workplace Wellness Programs?

I get this question very often, and the answer is, “it depends.” Specifically, it depends on whether the wellness program is part of an employer’s group health plan, or if it is a stand-alone program offered directly by the employer. Many providers of wellness services contract with group health plans as well as employers directly, which means some wellness programs are offered to group health plan participants only, and others are offered to all employees, regardless of the employee’s health insurance status. Read More
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