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Health Care E-Note - October 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Health care providers are constantly receiving requests for copies of patient medical records. Some requests come by way of the patient exercising his/her right to access his/her medical records, some come by way of patient...more

Recent $2.5 Million OCR Settlement Is a Warning to Wireless Health Service Providers

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On April 24, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) settlement in the amount of $2.5 million based on...more

Fate Uncertain for HHS’s Extension of ACA Discrimination Protections to Abortion & Gender Transition

by Genova Burns LLC on

In May 2016 HHS issued a final rule implementing the Affordable Care Act’s Section 1557 nondiscrimination provision, which applies to recipients of funding from HHS. The rule prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender...more

The Clock Is Ticking – ACA Nondiscrimination Rules Will Take Effect January 1

by Fisher Phillips on

Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) published a final rule to implement Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Most prominently, this rule...more

Hospital and Health System Health Benefit Plan Obligations Under New Nondiscrimination Rules: ACA Section 1557 and Requirements...

by Alston & Bird on

This impacts any entity (or health benefit plan) that receives federal financial assistance, including Medicare or Medicaid reimbursements. Two new regulations require some employers to make health plan design and...more

Religious Institutions Update: October 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Timely Topics - The final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on May...more

Employer Obligations Under New Nondiscrimination Rules: ACA Section 1557 and Requirements for Federal Contractors

by Alston & Bird on

Two new regulations require some employers to make health plan design and administrative changes. While not all employers are subject to these requirements, those who are will need to review their plans and be aware of other...more

A Deeper Dive: Employers Receiving Federal Funding May Be Subject to ACA’s Nondiscrimination Rule and Need to Cover Transgender...

by Snell & Wilmer on

In recent months, we have written a fair amount about providing transgender benefits in light of the nondiscrimination provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Our blogs of March 30, 2016 and June 22, 2016 highlight the key...more

Health Update - July 2016

The Vulnerability of Healthcare Information - According to a report the Brookings Institute issued in May 2016, 23% of all data breaches occur in the healthcare industry. Nearly 90% of healthcare organizations had some...more

Major Changes To Nondiscrimination Requirements Under ACA Effective Soon: Are Covered Entities Ready?

by Reed Smith on

The HHS Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) published a final rule May 18, 2016, broadening the nondiscrimination requirements applicable to all health programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance from HHS, those...more

Health Law Insights Newsletter - Issue 10 - June 2016

by McCarter & English, LLP on

McCarter & English, LLP’s Health Care Group presents Issue 10 of the Health Law Insights, which discusses the latest legal issues in the health care industry. NATIONAL - Drug Diversion Case Raises Red Flags for...more

Summary: Final Rule on Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) establishes a broad prohibition on discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in health programs and activities. After almost 3 years of...more

HHS Issues Final ACA Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities Regulation

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In Depth - On Friday, May 13, 2016, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) finalized regulations that provide explicit protections from discrimination on the basis of gender...more

OCR Audits to Begin in 2016

Beginning in 2016, the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will conduct another round of audits to gauge compliance with privacy provisions in the Health Insurance Portability...more

HHS Proposes Rules for Nondiscrimination in Health Care

by K&L Gates LLP on

On September 8, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) proposed new regulations implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). Section 1557 prohibits...more

OCR Enforcement Trends

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On April 27, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a resolution agreement with Cornell Prescription Pharmacy (CPP) pursuant to which CPP paid a $125,000...more

Blog: Colorado Pharmacy Reaches HIPAA Settlement with OCR Following Improper Records Disposal

by Cooley LLP on

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that Cornell Prescription Pharmacy of Denver, Colorado (“Cornell Pharmacy”) has agreed to settle potential violations of...more

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

by DLA Piper on

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

HHS OCR Sends Message to CEs and their BAs: Protect ePHI Accessible Over the Internet

by BakerHostetler on

In its third resolution agreement of 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (HHS OCR) today announced a $1.7 million resolution agreement with WellPoint, Inc., a health insurer and managed...more

HHS Data-Scrubbing Guidance Backs Strict Privacy Definitions By Allison Grande

by Mintz Levin on

Originally published in Law360 on November 29, 2012 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently affirmed the validity of the current methods for scrubbing patient records of identifying data under...more

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