Topic: Health Care Reform

JD Supra Corporate Brief: JPMorgan Fine, Volcker Rule, Computer Fraud, Nondiscrimination Tests

Pity the lowly Thursday, sandwiched between Hump Day and TGIF, the day everyone wants to get through so they can start the weekend. But Thursday it is – until tomorrow at least – and that means another JD Supra Corporate Brief: JPMorgan has agreed to pay more than $2 billion for its role in Bernie… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Money Laundering, 3D Printers, Age Discrimination, Obamacare Requirements

On September 13, 1898, Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film. On September 13, 2013, schoolchildren around the world say, “Huh? What’s photographic film?” It’s time for banks to move anti-money laundering compliance to the front burner… (Manatt) “We’ll argue this whistleblower case all the way to the Supreme Court if we have to…” (Whistleblower Law… Read more »

How Can Employers Make Sense of Health Care Reform Requirements, With Important Deadlines Around the Corner? Start Here…

Keeping up with (and making sense of!) developments in health care reform can be challenging even for the best of us. Here’s a good start: this 90-second overview of the new ways health coverage will be purchased when the Affordable Care Act is implemented next year, featuring Mintz Levin’s Alden Bianchi. Watch it, and then… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Law: China Princelings, Ethical Practices, FRAND Disputes, Venture Financings

Wednesdays get a raw deal: the spelling / pronunciation discord, the embarrassing “hump day” nickname, those orphaned mid-week holidays… But it’s not all bad – they also get their own JD Supra Corporate Brief: So what’s the big deal about hiring “princelings” in China, anyway? (Michael Volkov) As it turns out, a state insurance commissioner’s… Read more »

Pay or Play? Feds Give Employers One More Year to Play Before You Have to Pay Obamacare Tax…

Think you won’t be able to meet the Affordable Care Act’s “Shared Responsibility” deadline? So do the Feds, who just extended the 2014 deadline to 2015. From attorneys at Cox Smith: “On [July 2, 2013], the U.S. Department of Treasury unexpectedly postponed a key portion of the Affordable Care Act: the ‘pay or play’ provisions… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Data Privacy, Tax Reform, Resume Lies, Patent Trolls

Better pack your umbrella today – it’s raining law news! To ITC, or not to ITC … that is the patent infringement question… (DLA Piper) California’s first data privacy violation lawsuit was definitively not cleared for takeoff… (Mintz Levin) What’s the outlook for comprehensive corporate tax reform? (BakerHostetler) A recent study found that 53% of… Read more »

HIPAA Q&A: What’s the New Word on Data Breaches?

“The definition of a data ‘breach’ was changed. The Omnibus Rules replaced the more subjective ‘harm standard’ with a more objective test that requires the covered entity to determine (based on a four-factor risk assessment) whether protected health information has been ‘compromised.’” (Snell & Wilmer) One of the key components of the new HIPAA /… Read more »

A Regulatory Tsunami is Building in Washington…

The business community as a whole can expect President Obama’s second term to be one of most intense periods of regulatory activity in nearly 40 years. But the health care, energy, and financial services industries will be the hardest hit. From law firm Venable: “Several themes will shape the regulatory process over the next four… Read more »

5 Must-Reads for Corporate Leaders in the New Year

Dodd-Frank, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, social media in the workplace, cybersecurity, SEC regulations… all front-and-center corporate issues at the start of a new year. Your job, among many other things, is to know what to do about each of them. That’s why it helps when leading lawyers with expertise in each of these fields… Read more »

Feds Propose New Guidance on Wellness Programs. Feel Better Now?

“Wellness programs take many forms; however, the common feature of all wellness programs is that they are designed to encourage healthier lifestyles, often by rewarding participants for attaining or improving certain health factors. Most wellness programs are subject to HIPAA’s nondiscrimination rules … [h]owever, the HIPAA nondiscrimination rules contain an exception whereby group health plans… Read more »

IRS Defines “Full-Time” Employees for Health Care Benefits

Earlier this month, the Internal Revenue Service issued important guidance for employers on the rules for identifying “full-time” employees for the purposes of the Affordable Care Act. It’s an important clarification, write employment attorneys Josh Bobrin and Edward Leeds (Ballard Spahr), because: “Effective January 1, 2014, employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees are… Read more »

Health Insurance Exchanges after the Obamacare Ruling

Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act means that states will need to act quickly to develop health insurance exchanges as mandated by the law. From law firm McKenna Long: “With the ACA emerging relatively unscathed in the Supreme Court’s ruling, exchange planners have a… Read more »

What the Health Care Ruling Means for the Insurance Industry – Obamacare Analysis

Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provided insurance companies with a greater degree of certainty regarding health care reform than they have had since the act was first signed into law. Although legislative and legal challenges to the reforms continue (see updates by Patton Boggs and Littler),… Read more »

What the Obamacare Ruling Means for Health Care Providers

“Like insurance companies, institutional providers have devoted substantial effort and resources to preparing to comply with the Act’s requirements… Indeed, prior to the Court’s opinion, many institutional health care providers argued in favor of upholding the Act because the projected expansion of coverage to 30 million additional Americans would result in additional revenue for the… Read more »