Dept. of Health and Human Services

The United States Department of Health and Human Services is a federal executive department established in 1953, as part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The Agency became independent in 1980... more +
The United States Department of Health and Human Services is a federal executive department established in 1953, as part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The Agency became independent in 1980 and was renamed The Department of Health and Human Services at that time. HHS is charged with protecting and improving the health of the American population, as well as providing essential services.    less -
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Patient Records: Increasing Exposure for Privacy Breaches

Healthcare providers and businesses that store or process protected health information ("PHI") face increased scrutiny and significant fines for data privacy breaches and security lapses in the coming months....more

Key Questions Left in the Wake of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Decision

On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. et al., that the Affordable Care Act's "contraceptive mandate", as applied to "closely held corporations", violates the Religious Freedom...more

Health Care Update - July 2014

In This Issue: - E&C continues to push for bipartisan efforts to improve drug pipeline - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Health Care...more

Lab Arrangements under the Microscope: OIG Issues New Fraud Alert

Arrangements between laboratories and referring physicians/physician group practices (the “physicians”) have long been subject to scrutiny by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”). On...more

New HIPAA Reports to Congress Shed Light on OCR Enforcement

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued two reports to Congress, as required by the HITECH Act. The compliance report details OCR’s enforcement activities for 2011 and 2012 and...more

Religious Freedom Law Exempts Employers from ACA Contraceptive Mandate, Supreme Court Holds

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of three for-profit corporations that claimed that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate to provide preventive care coverage for certain types of contraception violated the...more

Promises of Enhanced HIPAA Enforcement by HHS Illustrated by a Recent Record-Breaking Settlement Agreement and Increased Focus on...

An attorney from the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently disclosed that covered entities could face increased scrutiny for HIPAA violations in 2014. Specifically, the...more

Impact of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Stores Decision

On June 30, 2014, in Hobby Lobby Stores, the Supreme Court held that corporations are persons for purposes of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) and, as a result, if a corporation has a sincerely held religious...more

The Surprising Truth about Hobby Lobby's Effect in California

On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, holding that closely-held corporations could refuse to provide contraceptive coverage mandated by U.S....more

Closely Held Corporations Can Be Exempt from ACA Contraception Provisions Based on Religious Objections

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires certain employers to cover women’s preventive health care under their nongrandfathered group health plans at no cost to employees. The U.S. Department of Health...more

Monthly Benefits Update

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court held that regulations under the Affordable Care Act that require employer group health plans to provide contraceptive coverage violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)....more

OIG Issues Special Fraud Alert Regarding Laboratory Payments To Referring Physicians

On June 25, 2014, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General ("OIG"), issued a Special Fraud Alert that addressed its concerns about compensation paid by clinical laboratories...more

The Intractable Problem of Medicare Fraud

You have to admire the vigilance and dedication of prosecutors and law enforcement investigators who fight Medicare fraud. There is no question that they have ramped up enforcement and promoted a strong message of deterrence....more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 26: Fitting a Round Peg (the Public Health Service Act 90-day...

The Departments of the Treasury/IRS, Labor and Health and Human Services (the “Departments”) recently issued a final regulation under the 90-day waiting period limitation, which is included among the Affordable Care Act’s...more

Healthcare Law: What Every Provider Should Know

Healthcare is an incredibly broad, diverse and dynamic industry. Because of the breadth in the field, providers are surrounded by a wide array of legal issues relating to: employment contracts, taxes, business structure,...more

BREAKING: Supreme Court 5-4 Finds in Favor of Hobby Lobby

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: Regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Affordable Care Act required that employers provide coverage for 20 contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug...more

HHS to Continue Enforcing Orphan Drug Exclusion from 340B Program

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through its Office of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced last week that, although a court recently struck down its regulation addressing application...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™

Pa. Supreme Court Weighs in on Medical Record Charges — In Wayne M. Chiurazzi Law v. MRO, Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, writing for the majority of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, interpreted the Medical Records...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - June 2014

Secretary Burwell continues to settle in to her new position as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), this week making a number of management changes at the department; CMS released the long awaited proposed rule...more

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

Health System Pays $800,000 Fine for Leaving PHI in Doctor’s Driveway

While enforcement activity by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has focused primarily on a covered entity’s safeguard of electronic protected health information (ePHI),...more

Immigration Options for the Employment of International Physicians

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will do many things to alter health care delivery in the United States. One thing it will not do, however, is significantly increase the supply of physicians. The new law calls...more

OCR Annual Report Highlights Breaches Of Unsecured Protected Health Information

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act ("HITECH") requires Covered Entities and Business Associates to provide notification of breaches of unsecured Protected Health Information. The Department...more

Final Regulations on Orientation Periods Released

On June 20, the Federal regulatory agencies in charge of health care reform guidance (the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services) released final regulations (“Final Regulations”) clarifying the...more

HHS Announces $800,000 HIPAA Settlement in Medical Records “Dumping” Case

On June 23, 2014, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) entered into an $800,000 settlement with Parkview Health System, Inc. (“Parkview”), a nonprofit community health system servicing northeastern Indiana and...more

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