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Wellness Watch

According to reports, more than half of all businesses with over 200 employees ask employees to participate in biometric screening, and nearly 10% of them provide a financial incentive for employees to participate. As a part...more

Federal Judge Rejects EEOC's Attempt to Block Honeywell's Wellness Program

Last week, EmployNews reported a lawsuit filed against Honeywell by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission challenging a new wellness program the agency alleged violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the...more

Considering a Wellness Program for Employees? Make Sure You Do Not Violate the ADA or Other Laws in the Process

Rising health insurance costs have bedeviled employers for years. Wellness programs represent one tool designed to increase employee health and reduce health insurance costs. The Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) so called...more

Employee Benefits Update: 2013 Year End Plan Tasks

As we approach the end of the year, employers and plan sponsors of qualified retirement plans and health and welfare plans should take time to meet various upcoming deadlines. Failure to comply with the deadlines may result...more

Genes and Information: The Problem of Disease-specific Databases

One of the many untruthful positions taken by the ACLU in the AMP v. Myriad Genetics case was that DNA is merely information, like a computer program, and as such Myriad's patent claims were invalid as reciting...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

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

Nursing Homes Must Abide by HIPAA Rules When Disclosing Deceased Resident PHI

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) contains the HIPAA Privacy and Security rules....more

HIPAA Healthcare Reform - Prompt Attention Needed to Address Upcoming 2013 Deadlines

2013 has already been a busy year for employers with group health plans who are trying to navigate the Affordable Care Act and its immediate implications for employee benefits. However, there are other, less talked about but...more

PPACA/HIPAA Wellness Programs and Rewards Final Regulations Issued

The Treasury Department, Department of Labor and Department of Health and Human Services issued final regulations on wellness programs and rewards for group health plans on May 29, 2013. The regulations implement provisions...more

Employment Law Blog: Settle One, File Another - The EEOC Enforces GINA

HIPAA addresses a wide array of issues relating to medical privacy. It now also addresses if your momma’s ugly and that might be passed on to you. In addition to privacy and security the HIPAA Omnibus regulations also...more

Sweeping New Hipaa Privacy/Security Compliance For Health Plans Required By September 23, 2013: As If Health Care Reform Wasn’t...

HIPAA, as enacted in 1996, directed the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) to issue regulations requiring health plans to protect the privacy of health information and to provide reasonable and appropriate...more

Employer Wellness Programs: Final Rules Issued Under the Affordable Care Act

Final regulations for wellness programs have been issued to help employers encourage healthier behaviors among their employees....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

Final Regulations Issued On Nondiscriminatory Wellness Programs – New Rules For Outcome-Based Programs

On May 29, 2013, the Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services released final regulations on nondiscriminatory wellness programs in group health plan coverage. The regulations largely follow the proposed...more

Are You Considering Conditioning A Job Offer On An Agreement That The Applicant's Disabled Dependent Won't Enroll In The Health...

Traditional employment laws often interact with traditional employee benefit laws. One such example is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)'s impact on employer-sponsored group health plans. As group health plan costs...more

HITECH and HIPAA: The Final Rule

The final rule implementing new obligations under HITECH and changing obligations under HIPAA is finally out. Covered entities and business associates need to come into compliance with these requirements by September 23,...more

New HIPAA Regulations Require Action by Group Health Plans

Final HIPAA privacy and security regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human services will require action by group health plan sponsors by September 2013....more

Highlights of the Omnibus HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule

On January 25, 2013, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) published the long-awaited omnibus final regulation governing health data privacy, security and enforcement (Omnibus...more

The HIPAA “Omnibus” Final Rule Part II - Revisions to Business Associate Definition, Liability and Obligations, Certain Individual...

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (the “Department” or “HHS”) issued the “Omnibus” Final Rule (the “Final Rule”) on January 17th, 2013. The Final Rule contains long-awaited rules and clarifications...more

Special Edition: Health Law Update - February 28, 2013

In This Issue: - A Baker's Dozen of Significant Changes From the HIPAA/HITECH Rule 1. Business Associates and Subcontractors 2. Breach Notification 3. Covered Entity Organizational Structures 4. Cloud...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

New HIPAA Omnibus Regulations – What Employers Who Sponsor Group Health Plans Need to Know to Comply

On January 25, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published final regulations that modify the Privacy, Security, Enforcement and Breach Notification Rules issued pursuant to the Health Insurance...more

OCR Issues Final Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification and Enforcement Rules to Implement the HITECH...

On January 25, 2013, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule (Final Rule) containing modifications to the privacy standards (Privacy Rule), security...more

HIPAA Rules Overhaul Ups Compliance Ante

Originally posted in Hartford Business Journal on February 11th, 2013. Attention all medical providers, hospitals and any other covered entity or business associate under HIPAA. On Jan. 17, the U.S. Department of Health...more

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