October 11, 2019

Dental Practice $10,000 Settlement for Social Media HIPAA Violation

A recent settlement highlights the importance of entities subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) engaging in appropriate communications regarding their patients’ protected health information (PHI) – especially when it comes to social media. Elite Dental Associates (Elite), a dental practice in Dallas, Texas, received a bad review on Elite’s Yelp® page… Continue Reading

October 3, 2019

Sixth Circuit Finds No Qualifying Event Under COBRA

The Sixth Circuit recently ruled that altering an employee’s contribution method to a group health plan does not by itself change the terms and conditions of plan coverage and, thus, was not a qualifying event to trigger notice under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (“COBRA”). During an employee’s leave of absence due… Continue Reading

September 23, 2019

DOL Brings Us Back to the Basics of FMLA

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) clarified in a recent opinion letter that once an employer knows an employee’s requested leave is protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), the employer must designate it as FMLA leave regardless of whether a delay of such designation is permitted by a collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”). The… Continue Reading

September 9, 2019

$1.2 Million Settlement Highlights Importance of Providing Compliant COBRA Notices

A recent $1.25 million settlement agreement highlights the importance of providing compliant notices under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (“COBRA”). Angela Hicks filed a class action complaint against her husband’s former employer, Lockheed Martin Corporation, alleging Lockheed failed to provide compliant COBRA notices. Hicks sought to represent a class of current and… Continue Reading

September 3, 2019

2020 Drug Coupon Rule Under Further Rulemaking

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released final regulations relating to benefit and payment parameters for 2020. The regulations state that beginning on or after January 2020, plans and insurers do not have to count the value of drug manufacturers’ coupons toward the annual cost-sharing limits when a medically appropriate generic equivalent… Continue Reading

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