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Applying the HIPAA Nondiscrimination Rules to Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs

Eickhoff-Shemek, JoAnn M. Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP; Pronk, Nico P. Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e3181b477eb

Applying the HIPPA Nondiscrimination Rules to Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs

JoAnn M. Eickhoff-Shemek, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP, is a professor and the coordinator of the Exercise Science Program at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Eickhoff-Shemek's research focuses on legal liability and risk management issues in the health/fitness field. She is the lead author of a new, groundbreaking, comprehensive text entitled Risk Management for Health/Fitness Professionals: Legal Issues and Strategies released by the publisher, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, in October 2008. Coauthors are Dave Herbert, J.D., and Daniel Connaughton, Ed.D. Dr. Eickhoff-Shemek is the legal columnist and an associate editor of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® , and is ACSM Health/Fitness Director® certified, ACSM Exercise Test TechnologistSM certified, and a Fellow of ACSM and the former Association of Worksite Health Promotion.

Nico P. Pronk, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP, is vice president for Health Management at Health Partners and a health science officer at Journey Well in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Pronk conducts research in population health and systems change with a focus on modifiable health risk factors. He is widely published in both the scientific and practice journals and presents internationally. He is the editor of the recently published, most comprehensive, and contemporary resource text on worksite health promotion entitled ACSM's Worksite Health Handbook, 2nd Edition, published by Human Kinetics in March 2009. Dr. Pronk is an associate editor for the ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® and authors the Worksite Health Promotion column.

© 2009 American College of Sports Medicine.