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Phase 2 HIPAA Audits Are Under Way: Are You Prepared?

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on March 21, 2016, that it has officially begun Phase 2 of its Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act...more

Privacy and Security: Highlights from the HHS Inspector General’s 2016 Work Plan

On November 2, 2015, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2016 (2016 Work Plan), which describes the OIG’s investigative focus for...more

12/1/2015  /  EHR , FDA , HHS , HIPAA , OCR , OIG , PHI

2014: The Affordable Care Act Is Alive and Well – Are You Ready?

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) recently announced yet another delay in the Employer Shared Responsibility (ESR) provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While this latest suspension in the enforcement of...more

As the “NY State of Health” Enters Its Third Week, a Look at the Role of Navigators

New York’s Health Insurance Marketplace, officially called the NY State of Health, has entered its third week of operation, and as of October 8, 2013, had enrolled 40,000 New York residents in health insurance plans offered...more

ACA Not Enough to Save Penn State’s Employee Wellness Program

Recent negative media reports caused Pennsylvania State University to modify its employee wellness program, making clear that considering compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) alone is...more

Evaluating Employer Insurance Coverages to Defend against Claimed Violations of the Affordable Care Act

Employers have long been subject to lawsuits brought by employees for employment actions such as wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment. With the opening this week of the Health Insurance Marketplaces and the...more

HHS Issues Privacy Rule Guidance for Law Enforcement Agencies

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the release of its guidance, “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule: A Guide for Law...more

10/1/2013

Administration Delays Launch of Federally Facilitated Small Business Health Insurance Exchanges

In 35 states where the federal government is taking a lead role in the development of the health insurance exchanges, small businesses will be required to wait until November to complete their online purchases of health...more

OCR and ONC Release Model Notices of Privacy Practices

The long-awaited Omnibus Regulations (Omnibus Rule) adopted earlier this year by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requires covered entities to include new information in...more

Business Associate Definition Expanded and HHS Empowered to Impose New Civil Fines

Long-awaited omnibus regulations (Omnibus Rule) adopted earlier this year by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) made significant modifications impacting “business associates” to...more

Omnibus HIPAA/HITECH Rules Require Changes to Notice of Privacy Practices Prior to September 23, 2013

Earlier this year, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its long-awaited omnibus regulations that make significant modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security,...more

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Imposes $1.2 Million Penalty For Protected Health Information Breach Involving Leased...

Covered entities should examine their procedures to evaluate and safeguard protected health information (“PHI”) that may be stored on leased photocopiers and other office equipment. Under a settlement with the U.S. Department...more

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