Tag Archives: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

EEOC Takes Aim at Erroneous Application of ADA “Safe Harbor” to Wellness Programs

In its preamble to the final regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) published May 17, 2016, which will be the topic of an upcoming blog post, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) once again reiterated its disagreement with […]

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Have You Checked Your SPAM Folder Recently?

Nearly two years after the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) first announced its preparation for another round of HIPAA audits, Phase II of OCR’s HIPAA audit program is finally underway. On March 21, OCR began emailing various types of entities […]

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The Anthem Breach – What Next?

The facts surrounding the Anthem breach continue to evolve as does Anthem’s handling of the situation. Based on the current status of the investigation, and Anthem’s current reactions to the incident, there are steps which group health plan sponsors should […]

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Anthem Data Breach Implications for Employers

As has now been widely reported, Anthem, Inc. was the unfortunate target of a cyber-attack potentially impacting 80 million current and former customers. Some reports have indicated that the HIPAA breach notification rules will not apply to this breach. However, […]

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Act Now to Obtain a Controlling Health Plan HPID

In light of the numerous unresolved issues surrounding the process for plan sponsors to obtain a health plan identifier (“HPID”) for their  self-funded health plan, we suggested in an earlier post that plan sponsors consider delaying the application process in […]

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Check it Out and Check it Off: 2015 Group Health Plan Checklist

With 2015 just around the corner, certain mandates under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended (“ACA”) are about to become effective. Health plans also have several existing enrollment and annual notice requirements. Below is a checklist of […]

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HHS Guidance Recognizes HIPAA Privacy Rights of Same-Sex Spouses and Dependents

On September 17th, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“HHS”) issued guidance to assist covered entities and business associates in complying with the privacy requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 […]

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HIPAA Audits Are Coming (Again) – Are You Ready?

The Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) is required to conduct periodic audits of compliance with the Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act […]

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Hurry and Get Your HPID — or NOT!

Update: See our subsequent post here. On September 5, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published final regulations governing the requirement that health plans obtain a Health Plan Identifier number (HPID).  The purpose of the HPID […]

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Proposed Excepted Benefits Regulations Have Good News for EAPs & Self-Insured Vision & Dental Plans

Benefits that are considered limited or ancillary to comprehensive health coverage are excepted from HIPAA’s portability and nondiscrimination requirements as well as many of the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace mandates and insurance reforms. Under an initial set of regulations, fully-insured […]

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