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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1996 to provide greater protection for individual's medical information and prescribe standards for the... more +
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1996 to provide greater protection for individual's medical information and prescribe standards for the manner in which healthcare professionals gather, use, and maintain health information.  less -

In the Wake of Harvey and Irma, OCR Reminds Providers of HIPAA Rules

As Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean rebuild after the latest string of deadly hurricanes and prepare for the possibility of future storms, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR)...more

What Hospitals Need to Know About the Natural Disaster Exception to Stark Law

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Hospitals operating in regions affected by the recent hurricanes and other natural disasters may be able to obtain temporary regulatory relief. During times of disasters and emergencies, CMS can provide some flexibility...more

Building a Health App? What You Need to Know

Last week, Apple announced the new Apple Watch Series 3 which will feature an enhanced heart rate app. The app will notify you when it detects an elevated heart rate even when you are not working out. The sensor will also be...more

Vendor Breaches and Their Implications for Employers

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The announcement by Equifax, Inc. that it had been victimized in a hacking incident involving the personal information of 143 million Americans generated headlines this past week. The sheer size of the hack means that most...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 15

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UNITED STATES - Regulatory—Policy, Best Practices, and Standards - FTC Comments on Improvements to IoT Device Security - On June 19, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") submitted comments to a working group organized by the...more

Are You In Compliance With The Notice Requirements of the Nondiscrimination Rules?

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs or activities. Covered Entities that receive Federal financial...more

A Little Help From HIPAA

by McGuireWoods LLP on

HIPAA’s Security Rule requires that Covered Entities perform “periodic” Security Risk Assessments. All too often, however, this regulatory obligation is ignored altogether, performed extremely sporadically, or treated as a...more

Lawsuits Are Focused on Wellness Program Compliance. Are You?

by Alston & Bird on

Wellness programs are a win-win for everybody – until administrators run afoul of ambiguous rules and regulations. Our Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group analyzes two recent lawsuits that could impact program...more

Well, I Know a Little About Wellness Programs: Court Finds EEOC’s Incentive Limit Unsupported, Remands to Agency

On August 22, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued its decision in the American Association of Retired Persons, Inc.’s (AARP) challenge to the wellness program regulations issued by the U.S. Equal...more

Hurricane Recovery Client Alert: Regulatory Relief for Healthcare Providers in Disaster Areas

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Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have led to the declaration of a public health emergency in various affected areas across the country. As healthcare providers continue to provide essential disaster response operations, CMS and HHS...more

HHS Issues Limited Waiver of HIPAA Sanctions Post-Hurricane Harvey

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has used its authority to waive certain provisions of HIPAA in response to Hurricane Harvey. HHS previously declared a public health emergency in Texas and Louisiana...more

Comprehensive FAQs For Employers On Hurricanes And Other Workplace Disasters

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This list of frequently asked questions was originally prepared by the law firm of Fisher Phillips in 2005, in response to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. It has been updated several times over the course of the past 12...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week - September, 2017

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Dear Legal Mailbag: Does HIPAA permit a physician or covered entity to release physical exam results to the school nurse, without prior authorization, for the purposes of permitting a student to participate in school...more

Will I Get Sued After a Data Breach? D.C. Circuit Broadens Scope of Data That Gives Rise to Identity Theft in CareFirst

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In the latest sign that data breach class actions are here to stay—and, indeed, growing—the D.C. Circuit resuscitated claims against health insurer CareFirst BlueCross and Blue Shield, following a 2015 breach that compromised...more

Enhanced HHS HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool May Aid Health Care Industry Data Security Efforts

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Secretary Tom Price of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced his agency needs “to focus more on the most recent breaches and clarify when entities have taken action to resolve the issues that might...more

North Carolina Law Requires Nurses to Comply with Police Demand for Blood Draw

The drawing of blood by healthcare providers for law enforcement purposes has been big news lately. In June, the North Carolina Supreme Court held in a case of first impression that North Carolina’s implied consent statute...more

HHS Issues Limited Waiver of HIPAA Sanctions Post-Hurricane Harvey

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has used its authority to waive certain provisions of HIPAA in response to Hurricane Harvey. HHS previously declared a public health emergency in Texas and Louisiana...more

HHS Seeks to Ease Burden of Hurricane on Health Care Organizations

by Baker Ober Health Law on

As Hurricane Harvey continues to have a devastating impact throughout Southeast Texas, Louisiana and the Southeast, our thoughts are with the hundreds of thousands struggling through this difficult time....more

Workplace Wellness Program Incentives Under Fire - Again

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

For years, employers have been trying to find the right incentives for employees to embrace wellness programs. If incentives are too meager, employees are not likely to participate. If they are weighted too heavily in favor...more

EEOC’s Wellness Program Rules in Doubt

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q.  Are the EEOC’s Wellness Program rules still valid? A.  The ADA and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act both permit an employer to seek medical information as part of a wellness program if the employee...more

Failing To Update Compliance Plans May Be Costly

by Roetzel & Andress on

If you are a provider of healthcare services, you need a compliance plan. A compliance plan is a written document that details your practice’s policies, procedures, and operations. While many providers are aware of the...more

First Round of Hurricane Harvey Relief Guidance

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No good deed goes unpunished and as soon as I hit send on the last alert on Hurricane Harvey relief, three more pieces of relief guidance relevant to employers and their employee benefit plans were released. The Internal...more

Hurricane Harvey, HIPAA, and Access to Health Information

Hurricane Harvey has been pummeling the Gulf Coast since Monday, with nearly 52 inches of rainfall in parts of Texas. The storm has displaced thousands of people from their homes and has resulted in over 30 reported deaths....more

Health Care Companies Find Direction to Combat Cybersecurity Threats

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More than 27 million patient records were affected by health care data breaches in 2016, according to a health care cybersecurity company. The cost associated with these breaches is staggering: an estimated $355 per stolen...more

Hospitals and Others Respond to “Red Tape Relief Project” Requests

Last week, a number of health care industry associations sent letters to Congress detailing ways in which the government could relieve them of the burdens associated with “red tape.” The letters are in response to the first...more

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