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Federal Government Announces Relief from Individual Mandate

Individuals who had their insurance plans cancelled and cannot find other insurance will be breathing a collective sigh of relief. A recent announcement from the Obama Administration states that such individuals will not be subject to penalties for failing to have health care coverage in 2014. In a letter dated December 19, 2013, Kathleen Sebelius,...

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Deadline to Enroll in Health Insurance Coverage Extended through December 24

Along with stocking stuffers and gifts, last-minute Christmas shoppers have another item to put on their list: another chance to purchase health insurance coverage through the Federal Insurance Exchange.  The Obama Administration announced yesterday that consumers seeking health insurance coverage on a Federal Exchange to start on January 1, 2...

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The Cloud: Google Apps for Business and HIPAA Compliance

Does your company use Google Apps for Business? Are you a health care provider, health plan, or health care clearinghouse (“Covered Entity” or “Covered Entities”) subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”)? If you answered yes to these questions, you may need a business associate...

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Population Care Management – The Future of Health Care: An Interview with John M. Tedeschi, M.D.

John M. Tedeschi, M.D., a New Jersey pediatrician turned health care entrepreneur, admits he is “obsessed” with the ideals of the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”): (1) increasing the quality of health care, (2) increasing patient access to and satisfaction with health care, and (3) decreasing the costs of health care. “...

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Obermayer Launches Health Law GurusTM Blog

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP announces the launch of “Health Law GurusTM” – a health law Blog, covering emerging and new developments in health law, health care reform, HIPAA and HITECH privacy issues, and technology, regulatory, and compliance matters. From emerging issues under the Affordable Care Act to new health...

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Firm Adds New Associates

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP has welcomed five new associates to its Philadelphia office. Thaddeus Stephen Kirk V and Rigel Farr join the firm’s litigation department. Aäna L. Maguire joins the firm’s business & finance department. Conor McNally joins the health care department, and Teleicia J. Rose joins the labo...

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BEWARE OF THAT LEASED PHOTOCOPIER: THE PHI YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU HAD

You might be rejoicing at the thought of returning your old worn down leased photocopier and replacing it with the latest state of the art improvement in photocopier technology. But, little did you know that your old photocopier could inadvertently subject your organization to violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA"), which may result in substantial financial penalties.

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WellPoint, Inc. Pays $1.7 Million for HIPAA Breach Arising When It Upgraded Its Information Systems

WellPoint, Inc. ("WellPoint"), a health benefits company, recently entered into a Resolution Agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), in which WellPoint agreed to pay HHS $1.7 million to settle alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA") Privacy and Security Rules. In J...

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WHITE HOUSE DELAYS AFFORDABLE CARE ACT’S EMPLOYER MANDATE UNTIL 2015

The White House has decided to delay implementation of the Employer Mandate provision, a key component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) until 2015. The Employer Mandate provision, which was slated to become effective January 1, 2014, requires employers with 50 or more employees to offer coverage to employees...

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New HIPAA and Business Associate Agreement Compliance Requirements Effective 2013 March 19, 2013

The United States Department of Health and Human Services recently issued significant changes to the HIPAA regulations. All entities and persons that are subject to the requirements of HIPAA must comply with the new regulations by September 23, 2013. These changes address a wide range of issues, including the following: Business Associates, Busine...

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