December 4, 2019

HHS Proposes Rule to Increase Transparency in Health Care Coverage

In an effort to provide increased transparency in American health care, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (the Departments) have released a Transparency in Coverage Proposed Rule in response to President Trump’s executive order. The proposed rule will require extensive disclosure requirements of health care price information to empower consumers… Continue Reading

Failure to Properly Report HIPAA Breach Results in $2.175 Million Settlement by Sentara Hospitals

In order to settle potential violations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Sentara Hospitals, a Virginia-based network of 12 hospitals, has agreed to pay $2.175 million to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). On April 17, 2017, a complaint was filed with… Continue Reading

November 25, 2019

IRS Releases Draft 2019 Forms 1094/1095

The 2019 Forms 1094/1095-B (B Forms) and Forms 1094/1095-C (C Forms) have been released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), along with their corresponding instructions. These forms are used to report information to the IRS relating to the Individual Mandate and Employer Share Responsibility provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The B Forms are… Continue Reading

November 21, 2019

Advanced Copies of 2019 Form 5500 Released

Advanced copies of the 2019 Form 5500 series, including schedules and attachments, were recently released by the Department of Labor (DOL), Internal Revenue Services (IRS), and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). These copies are only for informational purposes and are not to be used to report information pertaining to the 2019 plan year. Here… Continue Reading

November 12, 2019

University of Rochester Medical Center Settles HIPAA Violations for $3 Million

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), one of the largest health systems in New York State, has settled potential violations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for $3 million with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In addition to the monetary settlement,… Continue Reading

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