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New Wellness Program Rules for 2014

Employers continue to look for ways to manage the cost of employee health care coverage as they navigate the turbulent waters of healthcare reform, and wellness programs continue to be a popular strategy. However, adoption...more

HIPAA and Affordable Care Act Compliance Deadlines Approaching for Employers

New HIPAA privacy rules come into effect September 23 and an Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) notice must be distributed to employees by October 1. In addition, as a result of ACA requirements that become effective January 1,...more

HHS Office of Civil Rights Releases Several Model Notices of Privacy Practices

The HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently released several versions of a model Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP) for use by covered entity health plans and health care providers. The notices have been written specifically...more

Ready For HITECH Changes On September 23, 2013? Find Out With This Compliance Checklist For Employer-Sponsored Health Plans

The final regulations implementing the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act were issued in January and compliance is required by September 23, 2013. The final regulations require covered...more

New HIPAA Deadline Around the Corner: Be Prepared!

Don’t look now, but another HIPAA deadline is just around the corner. As we noted last month, the deadline is looming for employer-sponsored health benefit plans to come into compliance with U.S. Department of Health...more

Employment Law Newsletter - September 2013

In This Issue: - Obama Administration Postpones Health Care Reporting and Penalties Until 2015 - Severance Agreements: What Are They Good For? - Excerpt from Severance Agreements: What Are They Good For? ...more

Now for Everything Else: What Employers Still Need To Worry About Between Now And 2015

For the past several months (and, in many cases, years), most large employers have been preparing for the consequences of offering (or not offering) their workforce health coverage and complying with the complexities...more

Sponsors Of Group Health Plans Must Take Action To Comply With The Upcoming September 23, 2013 HIPAA Compliance Deadline

In January 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released final regulations which revised existing regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). ...more

Health Care Legal News - August 7, 2013 • Volume 3, Number 2

In This Issue: - IRS ISSUES TRANSITION RELIEF ON THE ONE-YEAR DELAY IN ACA’S INFORMATION REPORTING AND EMPLOYER SHARED RESPONSIBILITY RULES: On July 9, 2013, the IRS issued Notice 2013-45 which provides...more

Are Your HIPAA Privacy Policies Up to Date?

If you haven’t focused on HIPAA lately, now is the time....more

Recent Employee Benefit Developments

HIPAA Final Regulations - In January of this year, the Department of Health and Human Services issued final regulations (also referred to as the “Omnibus Rule”) that include changes to the privacy, security and breach...more

Final HIPAA Wellness Program Regulations Issued Under Affordable Care Act

On June 3, 2013, the United States Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, Employee Benefits Security Administration and Department of the Treasury (collectively "the...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - June 2013

Our articles this month focus on health care reform. First, Jim Napoli and Brian Neulander comment on the potential for litigation under the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) whistleblower protections and ERISA Section 510 as a...more

For Small Business Owners, Cybersecurity Is Not a Question of "If" But 'When..."

While much of the discussion around cybersecurity tends to focus on critical information sectors, national security, and the concerns of global corporations, data breaches can be just as devastating for small and medium-sized...more

Small Business Owners and Cyber Risk

Cyber Risks Faced by Small Business Owners - Small business owners’ anxiety levels are in the red zone because of the barrage of news about hacking incidents that target businesses’ ongoing operations. While those...more

Final HIPAA Regulations Impact Group Health Plans

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) sets forth rules to protect the privacy and security of individuals’ health information that is held by “covered entities,” such as group health plans....more

Health Care Reform Update -- May 20th, 2013

In This Issue: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Hearings and Mark-Ups...more

The Legal and Regulatory Landscape for Wellness Plans: The Affordable Care Act and Beyond

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the ‘‘Act’’) generally encourages employers to adopt wellness plans and programs in conjunction with their group health plans. Wellness plan vendors tout these arrangements with...more

Insurance Coverage for Class Action Lawsuits

Upon learning that his obituary had been published in the New York Times, Mark Twain famously quipped, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” The same can be said about class action lawsuit filings after the...more

Feeling Cyber-Secure: Avoiding The Devastating Hacker

Pro-actively drafting cybersecurity policies and protocols is like doing a will for yourself, or an employee manual for your company. The thought process is that there is nothing imminently pressing that requires me to think...more

Final HIPAA/HITECH Rules: Compliance Actions for Employee Benefit Plans

The Department of Health and Human Services recently released final regulations modifying the HIPAA Privacy, Security Breach Notification and Enforcement Rules (the “Omnibus Rule”). These regulations have far-reaching effects...more

New HIPAA Rules Regarding Genetic Information Affect Employers, Group Health Plans, Health Insurers and Healthcare Providers

Genetic Information Under HIPAA - While the final rule supplementing and modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, Breach Reporting and Enforcement Rules—78 Fed. Reg....more

Employers Take Note: Final HIPAA Rules Mandate New Obligations for Group Health Plans

Group Health Plans - Employers that sponsor group health plans for their employees should pay careful attention to the newly announced final omnibus rule amending the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News Update: January 30, 2013

In This Issue: - Top News ..CMS, IRS Issue Proposed Rules on Health Insurance Mandate, Minimum - Essential Coverage ..Insurers Weigh Options for Exchange Participation ..Quality Improvements in Care...more

Final Rules Under HIPAA/HITECH Impact Employer Plans

Modifications to the rules require action by group health plan sponsors and their vendors, including revisions to policies and procedures and new privacy notices. On January 17, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S....more

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