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HEAL Advisory: New COBRA Model Notices and Coordination with Marketplace Enrollment

On May 2, 2014, the U.S. Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services published a series of guidance and model notices clarifying the provision of health insurance to recently terminated employees. The Department of...more

New Model COBRA Notices

To coordinate information about the new marketplace/exchange coverage that may be available under the Affordable Care Act, today the U.S. Department of Labor, in conjunction with the IRS and U.S. Department of Health and...more

HHS Issues Model Privacy Notices: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Just in time for the September 23, 2013, deadline for compliance with the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued a set of model notices of privacy practices for health care...more

OCR Releases Model Notices of Privacy Practices

Under the Privacy Rule, an individual has the right to adequate notice of how a covered entity may use and disclose PHI about the individual, as well as his/her rights and the covered entity’s obligations with respect to that...more

OCR Delays Required Changes to Notices of Privacy Practices for Laboratories

The HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has granted certain clinical laboratories a temporary reprieve from the requirement to update their Notices of Privacy Practices (NPPs) by September 23, 2013, the deadline imposed by the...more

It's Never Too Late To Give Guidance: OCR Starts Releasing HIPAA Omnibus Rule Guidance In Anticipation Of September 23 Compliance...

This has been a busy week for the Department of Health and Human Services / Office for Civil Rights (HHS/OCR). It has started releasing guidance on various provisions of the Omnibus HIPAA final rule (the "Final Rule") in...more

OCR and ONC Release Model Notices of Privacy Practices

The long-awaited Omnibus Regulations (Omnibus Rule) adopted earlier this year by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requires covered entities to include new information in...more

Countdown to HITECH Compliance: How to Redistribute Your Notice of Privacy Practices

September 23, 2013 is the fast-approaching compliance deadline for the final omnibus HIPAA/HITECH rules. Many provisions required revisions to Notices of Privacy Practices (NPPs) maintained and distributed by covered...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

Breach Notification: New Rules!

If you sponsor a group health plan that is subject to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, it is time to review and revise your policies and procedures and re-train your employees regarding the proper procedures when...more

Notice Of Coverage Options In Exchange Distributable To Employees By October 1, 2013 Under Health Care Reform Act

Update: On July 2, 2013, the Treasury Department posted a blog announcing its intention to delay – until January 1, 2015 – the employer shared responsibility and related requirements of the Health Care Reform Act, and that...more

The HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule—Data Privacy and Security Implications for Business Associates and Covered Entities

On January 17, 2013, the Office for Civil Rights (‘‘OCR’’) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (‘‘HHS’’) published the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule (‘‘Final Rule’’) which OCR has trumpeted as carrying ‘‘the most...more

Newly Effective HIPAA Omnibus Rule Makes Sweeping Changes to HIPAA

The long-awaited final omnibus rule (Omnibus Rule) that modifies the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) [1] took effect last week, on March 26, 2013. Leon Rodriguez, Director of the U.S....more

HIPAA’S FINAL RULE: Putting Things in Perspective – Comments from OCR

On March 22, 2013, Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) Director Leon Rodriguez presented the keynote address to attendees of the American Health Lawyers’ Association HIPAA/HITECH Conference in...more

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Employee Benefits Alert: New HIPAA regulations for sponsors of group health plans

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released its final regulations – also known as the “Final Rule” or “Omnibus Rule” – modifying the privacy, security, breach notification and enforcement rules...more

Burr Alert: Employer Obligations Under New HIPAA Rules

With all of the attention garnered by healthcare reform, it would be easy to overlook the new HIPAA rules (the "Rules") applicable to covered entities under HIPAA, which include employer group health plans. Compliance with...more

What We Need to Do to Comply with the Final HIPAA Rule: A Summary of the Privacy Obligations for Health Care Providers, Health...

On January 25, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the highly anticipated Omnibus Rule, which makes extensive changes (as promulgated by the Health Information Technology for Economic and...more

New HIPAA Regulations Require Action From Group Health Plans

On January 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released final regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which implement changes made by the Health...more

HEALTH REFORM: HIPAA Omnibus Rule's Impact on Notices of Privacy Practices

This health reform alert summarizes the key changes to the Notice of Privacy Practices ("NPP")[1] requirements in the revised Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA") regulations (the "Omnibus Rule")[2]...more

What the New HIPAA Rules Say About Health Information Technology for Users, Developers and Investors

Health Information Technology Under HIPAA - Central to healthcare reform efforts is the use of health information technology ("HIT"), a broad term that is often used in conjunction with electronic health records...more

Don't Get Pinched by New HHS PHI Rules

HHS has released its much-anticipated final omnibus rule about protected health information. The rule addresses privacy and security issues, including defining a business associate and expanding individuals' rights to...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

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

Deadline Approaches for Reporting 2012 Small Breaches

HIPAA covered entities have through Friday, March 1, 2013, to report small breaches of unsecured protected health information that occurred in calendar year 2012 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). A...more

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