Jean C. Hemphill

Jean C. Hemphill

Ballard Spahr LLP

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OIG Releases Special Fraud Alert on Laboratory Payments to Physicians

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a Special Fraud Alert regarding laboratory payments to referring physicians. The Special Fraud Alert reaffirms OIG’s...more

6/27/2014 - Anti-Kickback Statute Clinical Laboratories Fraud Healthcare HHS OIG Physician Payments Physicians

U.S. Judge Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Ban in Pennsylvania

Today, a U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania nullified Pennsylvania’s Marriage Laws, holding that they violate the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. If the ruling stands...more

5/21/2014 - DOMA Due Process Equal Protection Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

New FAQs Address Effect of Affordable Care Act on COBRA and Other Matters

In a wide-ranging set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and other guidance, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services have addressed a number of issues pertaining to the Affordable Care Act...more

5/8/2014 - Affordable Care Act CHIPRA COBRA Corporate Counsel Cost-Sharing DOL FSA Healthcare HHS Preventive Health Care U.S. Treasury

ACA Employer Mandate Final Regulations Released; Enforcement Delays Provided for Mid-Sized Employers

Very large employers will be required to offer health care coverage to their full-time employees or pay a penalty to the federal government beginning January 1, 2015. Under the final regulations released by the U.S....more

2/13/2014 - Affordable Care Act Delays Employee Benefits Employer Mandates Healthcare Pay or Play

HHS and IRS Release Updates on the SHOP Marketplace, Fees, Taxes, and Payment Parameters

Before departing for the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday, the Obama administration released several new regulatory announcements and guidance relating to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new guidance delays...more

12/11/2013 - Affordable Care Act Fees Healthcare Healthcare Reform HHS IRS Medicare Taxes SHOP Program TPAs

Final Mental Health Parity Act Regulations Released

The Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Labor, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have jointly released final regulations and new FAQs implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health...more

11/12/2013 - DOL HHS IRS Mental Illness MHPAEA

Final Regulations Issued on Contraceptive Coverage, Religious Organizations

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury recently released final regulations on the exemption from providing coverage for contraceptive and certain other preventive services that is available to...more

7/2/2013 - Affordable Care Act Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Exemptions Healthcare HHS Religious Institutions

DOL Releases Guidance on Employer Notices about Exchange Availability

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published guidance on the notice that most employers must provide to their employees by October 1, 2013, about the insurance that will be available through health care marketplaces known...more

5/10/2013 - Affordable Care Act COBRA DOL Employer Group Health Plans Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Notice Requirements

HHS Finalizes Essential Health Benefits and Related Health Plan 2014 Requirements

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued final regulations and a set of frequently asked questions and answers establishing standards for the provision of essential health benefits in the individual and...more

2/26/2013 - Essential Health Benefits HHS Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule

Expanded Contraception Coverage Exemption for Religious Organizations Proposed by HHS and IRS

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Treasury have released proposed regulations, a fact sheet, and a press release on the Affordable Care Act contraceptives coverage under Women's Preventive Health Services...more

2/5/2013 - Affordable Care Act Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Exemptions HHS IRS Religious Institutions

HHS Releases Proposed Application Process for Affordable Insurance Programs

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released proposed rules designed to create a single, streamlined application process for several government health insurance programs....more

1/30/2013 - Affordable Care Act CHIP DHS Health Insurance Health Insurance Exchanges Medicaid

Final Regulations Address Privacy and Security of Health Information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued final regulations last week that modify many aspects of the privacy and security rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and...more

1/25/2013 - Business Associates Data Breach Data Protection Enforcement Fundraisers GINA HIPAA HITECH Marketing Notice Requirements Penalties PHI

Mortgage Banking Update - January 10, 2013

In This Issue: - Ohio Enacts the Nation's First Transitional MLO Licensing Law for Out-of-State MLOs - Noted Data Security and Privacy Attorney Amy Mushahwar Joins Ballard Spahr - Information Security...more

1/10/2013 - ADA Data Protection Debt Debt Collectors Investment Firms Mortgage Loan Originators Mortgages

IRS Releases Further Guidance on Employer Health Care Coverage Mandate and Penalties

The Internal Revenue Service has released proposed regulations and FAQs on the shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These rules require large employers to offer full-time employees and their...more

1/8/2013 - Affordable Care Act Employer Group Health Plans Full-Time Employees IRS Pay or Play Penalties Safe Harbors Shared Responsibility Rule

Government Agencies Provide Guidance on Taxes and Fees under the Affordable Care Act

In regulations and other pronouncements issued toward the end of 2012, the government has provided further details on new taxes and fees introduced by the Affordable Care Act (ACA)....more

1/7/2013 - Affordable Care Act Employer Group Health Plans Fees HHS IRS Medicare Taxes PCORI

Final Rules Issued for Health Care Reform Tax on Medical Devices, Effective January 1, 2013

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final regulations and other guidance on the excise tax applicable to the sale of certain medical devices under the Affordable Care Act. Beginning January 1, 2013, a tax of 2.3...more

12/11/2012 - Affordable Care Act Excise Tax IRS Medical Devices

Proposed Regulations Address Discrimination in Wellness Programs

The Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services have issued a revised set of proposed regulations for nondiscrimination in wellness programs. The regulations prohibit a wellness program offered as part of a...more

11/28/2012 - DOL HHS Wellness Programs

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