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DHHS Blunder Could Cost Millions! “Oops I Did It Again!”

We can add one more “oops” to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) repertoire of “oopses.” I am reminded of Captain Edward Smith when he banged the Titanic into an iceberg. Talk about an “oops” moment. Not to...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

Business Associate Definition Expanded and HHS Empowered to Impose New Civil Fines

Long-awaited omnibus regulations (Omnibus Rule) adopted earlier this year by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) made significant modifications impacting “business associates” to...more

WellPoint agrees to pay $1.7M in HIPAA penalties: what this tells you

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced that WellPoint, Inc. agreed to pay $1.7 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and...more

Shasta Regional Medical Center Pays $275,000, Enters into Corrective Action Plan to Resolve Alleged HIPAA Privacy Rule Violations...

Shasta Regional Medical Center (Shasta) has agreed to pay $275,000 and enter into a corrective action plan (CAP) with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to resolve allegations that...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: Proposed Rules Issued On 90-Day Limit Placed On Waiting Periods For Health Coverage

Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the "Act") will prohibit group health plans and group health insurers from imposing waiting periods greater than 90 days of employment....more

Cloud Storage Providers Storing Protected Health Information May Be Obligated to Comply with HIPAA Regulations

A recently issued government rule may unknowingly create significant liability and legal risk for many technology enterprises. The expanded definition of "business associates" and related interpretations by the Department of...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

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 Affordable Care Act’s “Play Or Pay” Mandate: How It Works

The Affordable Care Act added the so-called “Play or Pay” mandate or “Employer Shared Responsibility” provisions to the Internal Revenue Code (the Code). Starting in 2014, certain employers may be subject to a penalty tax,...more

A Detailed Analysis of Changes to HIPAA and the Implications for Healthcare Providers and Others in the Healthcare Industry: HIPAA...

Changes to the HIPAA Enforcement Rule - Background: On October 30, 2009, HHS issued an interim final rule revising the Enforcement Rule to incorporate provisions of the HITECH Act. The NPRM then proposed a number of...more

IRS Releases Proposed Regulations on the Affordable Care Act's Play or Pay Mandate

On January 2, 2013, the Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (collectively “IRS") published proposed regulations ("Proposed Regulations") on the Affordable Care Act's employer shared responsibility provisions,...more

HHS Publishes Long-Awaited Final Omnibus Rules for HIPAA

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published today the final regulations for the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement and Breach Notification Rules (the Omnibus Rules). The Omnibus...more

HITECH Omnibus Rule Basics

As we pore through the 562-page HITECH Omnibus Rule released by the Department of Health and Services late yesterday afternoon, here are some top line bullet points...more

The HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule Has Been Released

The long awaited HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule is out. The final rule is effective March 26, 2013, but covered entities (CEs) and business associates (BAs) will have 180 days beyond the effective date to come into compliance....more

HIPAA Game-Changer: Are You Ready? OCR Releases Long-Awaited HIPAA/HITECH Rules

If your business is affected by HIPAA, 2013 will be a year of significant change. ...more

CLIENT ALERT: HHS Announces More Than $1 Million Each In Penalties For HIPAA Security Rule Violations

Businesses subject to HIPAA rules should take note of recent penalties imposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”). Penalties of more than $1 million each were leveled as a result of Security Rule...more

HIPAA Authorization As Part of an Estate Plan

You may think that an adequate estate plan consists of a will or living trust coupled with a durable power of attorney and a healthcare power of attorney and living will. There is now an additional estate planning document...more

Health Law Alert: Medicaid Pays $1,700,000 to Settle HIPAA Security Violations

In its first enforcement action against a state agency, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) settled last month with Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) for...more

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