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May 2016 Newsletter 5/31/2016

Whitney B. Warrick - RIMS Government Relations Director

 

OSHA Issues Troubling Final Rule
On May 12, 2016 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule on electronic recordkeeping. The final rule creates a number of new recordkeeping requirements, phased in over two years, including requiring employers to now submit injury and illness information to OSHA electronically. In 2014, RIMS as well as a number of stakeholders, sent letters expressing concerns over the proposed rule, however OSHA ignored industry objections and changed very little in the final rule. However, OSHA did consider RIMS comments regarding the data collection system and RIMS plans to work with the Agency as they continue to develop the system to ensure the least amount of burden is on risk managers when the time comes to submit the required data. Read RIMS press release about this issue.

CMS Issues Final Rule on Medicare Secondary Payer
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule detailing the timeline for the expansion of the MSP Web portal on May 17, 2016. The portal must meet the requirements of the SMART Act, legislation passed in 2012 after years of advocacy efforts by RIMS members nationwide. The SMART Act was passed in order to remedy the problems seen for several decades within the Medicare Secondary Payer law. According to CMS, the MSP portal is meant to help in ensuring payment from workers’ compensation, no-fault auto insurance, or liability insurance. Medicare beneficiaries are able to use the portal to edit any key information related to their case.

House Homeland Security Committee Holds Hearing on Cybersecurity
On May 24, 2016 a joint hearing titled, “Enhancing Preparedness and Response Capabilities to Address Cyber Threats” was held before the House Homeland Security Committee Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies and the Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications Subcommittee. The hearing examined how the Department of Homeland Security is assisting states in preparing for and responding to cyber-attacks. A full video of the hearing and testimony are available on the House Homeland Security Committees website.

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About RIMS

As the preeminent organization dedicated to educating, engaging and advocating for the global risk community, RIMS, the risk management society™, is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 3,500 corporate, industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable and government entities throughout the world. RIMS has a membership of approximately 10,000 risk practitioners who are located in more than 60 countries. For more information about the Society’s world-leading risk management content, networking, professional development and certification opportunities, visit www.RIMS.org.

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