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Reminder: Group Health Plans Required to Offer Special Enrollment

Posted on March 21, 2018 02:37 PM

Under HIPAA, certain events that happen to employees or their dependents trigger a right to "special enroll" in an employer-sponsored group health plan. Special enrollment allows individuals who previously declined health coverage to enroll for coverage outside of a plan's open enrollment period. To learn more, please read this HR News Alert.

Categories: Cafeteria Plans, Employee Benefits, Health Insurance, HIPAA

Notification of Certain HIPAA Breaches Due to HHS by March 1

Posted on February 13, 2018 06:15 PM

HIPAA covered entities are reminded that the deadline to notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting fewer than 500 individuals in calendar year 2017 is March 1, 2018.

Categories: HIPAA, Reporting and Recordkeeping

HHS Releases New HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool

Posted on August 7, 2017 07:55 PM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a revised web tool for use in reporting breaches of unsecured protected health information (PHI) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) affecting 500 or more individuals.

Categories: HIPAA

HIPAA Permits Certain Disclosures for Workers' Compensation Purposes

Posted on June 30, 2017 05:57 PM

Employers are reminded that the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) permits disclosures of an individual's health information for workers' compensation purposes.

Categories: HIPAA, State Employment Laws

HHS Releases HIPAA Cyber-Attack Checklist

Posted on June 21, 2017 03:32 PM

The Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has released a quick-response checklist briefly describing the steps that HIPAA-covered entities (including medical and dental offices) and their business associates should take in response to a cyber-related security incident.

Categories: HIPAA

Reminder: Notification of HIPAA Breaches Affecting Fewer Than 500 Individuals Due to HHS by March 1

Posted on February 16, 2017 03:17 PM

HIPAA covered entities are reminded that the deadline to notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting fewer than 500 individuals in calendar year 2016 is March 1, 2017.

Categories: HIPAA, Reporting and Recordkeeping

HHS Alert: Phishing Email Disguised as Official HIPAA Audit Communication

Posted on November 29, 2016 06:33 PM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has become aware of a phishing email that is being circulated on mock HHS Departmental letterhead under the signature of the Office of Civil Rights' Director, Jocelyn Samuels.

Categories: Employee Benefits, HIPAA

Penalties Increased for Violations of HIPAA's Administrative Simplification Rules

Posted on September 22, 2016 08:26 PM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published an interim final rule adjusting for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed for violations of the Administrative Simplification Rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The increases generally apply to civil penalties assessed after August 1, 2016, whose associated violations occurred after November 2, 2015.

Categories: HIPAA

Enforcement of Health Plan Identifier (HPID) Rules Delayed Until Further Notice

Posted on November 3, 2014 03:14 PM

Effective October 31, 2014, enforcement of the standard unique health plan identifier (HPID) rules has been delayed until further notice, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Categories: Health Insurance, HIPAA

Reminder: Certain Health Plans Must Obtain HPIDs by November 5, 2014

Posted on September 16, 2014 03:59 PM

As mandated by the Affordable Care Act, previously issued final rules adopted a standard unique health plan identifier (HPID) to be used by health plans in HIPAA "standard transactions", and established requirements for the implementation of the HPID.

Categories: Health Insurance, HIPAA