Unemployment Insurance and Fraud: What Hoosier Employers Need to Know
Jan. 28 @ 2 p.m. ET
As a follow-up to our alert here, we wanted to provide you with additional information recently shared with IHA in regards to the previously reported unemployment fraud scheme.
IHA has received confirmation that the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (“DWD") will be hosting a webinar on Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. ET entitled "Unemployment Insurance and Fraud: What Hoosier Employers Need to Know." They will include a general review of how the unemployment insurance system works, a review of the ongoing fraud, what employers should be on the lookout for, and what to do if a victim of fraud. You can register for the webinar here.
IHA also received communication from the DWD regarding the DWD's invoices to reimbursable employers for fraudulent unemployment claims. As you likely know, as 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entities and/or governmental employers, hospitals have the option to be reimbursable employers. This means the employer reimburses the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund for benefit payments to their former employees instead of making regular quarterly contributions. An organization electing to be a reimbursable employer must agree and affirm to all statutory requirements, this includes paying any invoices issued by the DWD within 30 days of the mailing date of the invoice, even if the reimbursable employer has reported the claim as fraudulent.
Although payment is required within 30 days after an invoice is issued, information relayed to IHA indicates that if the DWD determines that the claim was the result of identity theft, the employer will receive a credit concurrent with the DWD’s determination. To ensure compliance with all applicable statutory requirements, however, the DWD advises that reimbursable employers pay the invoice (even if the employer believes the claim to be fraudulent) and not presume a credit will be applied, as failing to timely pay an invoice may result in interest and penalties being assessed to the reimbursable employer. The DWD also shared that it attempts to immediately suspend any individual accounts/claims once the account/claim is reported as fraudulent by an employer.
We will keep you apprised of developments and any new information as we learn of it. Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact IHA or Hall Render at your convenience.
Kevin Stella, Hall Render – email@example.com / (317) 977-1426
Claire Bailey, Hall Render – firstname.lastname@example.org / (317) 429-3608
Andy VanZee, IHA — avanzee@IHAconnect.org / (317) 423-7796
Reframing During Crises for a Culture of Success--Strategies for Infection Prevention
IHA's infection prevention webinar series kicked off today with our first topic, Infection Prevention State of the State: How to Sustain and Advance Efforts During Challenging Times. IHA members are invited to join us for the remainder of the series as we “get back to the basics" and incorporate lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic as we look to the future.
Each month, statewide infection prevention topics will be addressed at the beginning of the month followed by individualized cohort discussions at the end of the month. Cohort assignments will include rural and critical access hospitals, behavioral health, and all others. Discussions will be centered around best practices and challenges as our Indiana colleagues discuss and share their best practices.
Remaining Webinar Schedule:
- Jan. 27: Infection Prevention State of the State Cohort Discussion – Register here
- Feb. 3: Universal Hygiene: Protection and Prevention – Register here
- Feb. 24: Universal Hygiene Cohort Discussion – Register here
- March 3: Building Your Internal Infection Prevention Multidisciplinary Team – Register here
- March 17: Infection Prevention Multidisciplinary Team Cohort Discussion – Register here
- April 7: Sepsis and Infection Prevention – Register here
- April 28: Sepsis and Infection Prevention Cohort Discussion – Register here
- May 5: Infection Prevention: What's Wrong with this Situation? – Register here
- May 19: Infection Prevention Cohort Discussion – Register here
Invitations for statewide educational webinars, hosted at the beginning of the month, and individualized cohort discussions, scheduled at the end of the month, were sent Dec. 29 by IHA's Casey Hutchens. Invitations will be shared with organization chief nursing officers, quality improvement directors, and infection prevention staff. We look forward to celebrating Indiana's infection prevention successes while advancing the conversation for future gains.
For more information about this series, please contact Becky Hancock.