Topic: PPACA

7 Hot Workplace Issues for 2014

From experts writing on JD Supra, here’s a look at some of the issues that should dominate the employment landscape in 2014: 1. The Affordable Care Act The 12-month postponement of the employer mandate, announced in June 2013, is going by very quickly. And there’s still a lot to be done before it ends. Read: The… 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 »

FTC Issues Favorable Opinion for Clinical Integration Program

In its first advisory opinion letter issued since implementation began on the Affordable Care Act, the Federal Trade Commission indicated that it would not challenge a proposal from the Norman Physician Hospital Organization (PHO) to form a clinical integration program (CIP). For your reference, a roundup of legal commentary and analysis on the FTC opinion.… Read more »

2012 in Review – The Most Popular Corporate Law Report Posts of the Year

What’s on your mind? Four themes in particular, if we go by what you’ve read over the past year: Legal issues related to doing business internationally Dodd-Frank regulations and other financial reforms Intellectual property Health care, including in particular HIPAA regulations and health care reform As popular as those issues were, however, there are many… Read more »

New 2.3% Medical Device Excise Tax Goes into Effect January 1, 2013

Earlier this month, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued final rules for the new 2.3% excise tax that will be imposed on medical devices as of January 1, 2013 pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. For manufacturers, producers, and importers of medical devices, here’s a brief Q&A… Read more »

HIPAA Update: How to Turn Protected Health Information into Research Data

“HIPAA places tight restrictions on the use and disclosure of protected health information, but there are many ways to ‘de-identify’ it, freeing it from HIPAA’s constraints. Covered entities and business associates can use de-identification to reduce their exposure to HIPAA and expand their use of health data.” (Davis Wright Tremaine) On November 26, 2012, the… 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 »

Biosimilars Benefit From Health Care Reform Decision

“With [the] Supreme Court affirmance of the bulk of the Affordable Care Act, the specter that the BPCIA framework for biosimilar introduction could be dismantled is no longer a concern. Presumably it will be full speed ahead through the regulatory process, and we will see biosimilar applications for approval and attendant patent litigation before too… Read more »

Health Insurance Exchanges: A JD Supra Legal Reader

One of the key components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the establishment of health insurance exchanges in each state, intended to function as one-stop-shopping marketplaces where individuals and small businesses can select from affordable health care options. To participate, insurers must offer qualified health plans that meet minimum standards of coverage… Read more »

Obama Health Care Reform: How Will The Supreme Court Rule? What Implications?

From Is that Legal?: Later this month, the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida, the lawsuit chosen to give the Court an opportunity to rule on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Here are three interesting… Read on: Obama Health… Read more »