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Q&A – Nondiscrimination Regulations and Group Health Plans

Final regulations implementing section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were published on May 18, 2016, by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This prohibits discrimination based on race, color, natural origin, sex, age, or disability in health activities and programs that receive federal […]

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HIPAA Compliance Reviews and Audit Protocol

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched the second phase of its HIPAA audit program, which focuses on compliance with HIPAA’s Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules. HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for conducting these audits. This second phase of the HIPAA audit program covers both covered entities and […]

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The Importance of Executing HIPAA Business Associate Agreements

Violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) can come at a hefty price! Just ask North Memorial Health Care of Minnesota, as they recently had to pay $1.55 million in settlement charges that they potentially violated the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules by failing to enter into a business associate agreement with […]

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HHS Issues New Sample HIPAA Privacy Notices

HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology have collaborated to develop model Notices of Privacy Practices (NPPs) for health care providers and health plans to use to communicate with their patients and plan members. The HIPAA Privacy Rule gives individuals a fundamental right to be […]

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