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Update to Technical /guidance 01-2018: Standards for Self-Insured Non-Federal Governmental Health Plans and Insurance

Document Excerpt Summary of Updates: This Technical Release replaces the technical guidance issued January 11, 2017 with updated notice requirements for self-insured non-Federal governmental health plans and health insurance issuers offering group and individual health coverage using the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)-administered Federal external review process. Since the January 11, 2017 technical […]

FAQs on HIPAA and Health Plans–Uses and Disclosures for Care Coordination and Continuity of Care

Document Excerpt Link https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/faq/3014/uses-and-disclosures-for-care-coordination-and-continuity-of-care/index.html

Proposed Revised ACA Nondiscrimination Regulations

Document Excerpt SUMMARY: The Department of Health and Human Services (“the Department”) is committed to ensuring the civil rights of all individuals who access or seek to access health programs or activities of covered entities under Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Department proposes to revise its Section 1557 regulation […]

SEC Interpretation of “Solely Incidental” Prong Exclusion for Broker-Dealers

Document Excerpt Link https://www.sec.gov/rules/interp/2019/ia-5249.pdf

SEC Interpretation of Standard of Care of Investment Advisers under Investment Advisers Act

Document Excerpt SUMMARY: The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or the “Commission”) is publishing an interpretation of the standard of conduct for investment advisers under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act” or the “Act”). Link https://www.sec.gov/rules/interp/2019/ia-5248.pdf

SEC Best Interest Regulation

Document Excerpt SUMMARY: The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) is adopting a new rule under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”), establishing a standard of conduct for broker-dealers and natural persons who are associated persons of a broker-dealer (unless otherwise indicated, together referred to as “broker-dealer”) when they make a recommendation to […]

White House Announces Approach To Prohibit Surprise Medical Billing

Document Excerpt he Administration wants to ensure patients are not price gouged in emergency situations by out-of-network providers they could not choose. In emergency situations, balance billing for amounts above the in-network allowed amount should be prohibited. The Administration wants to bring transparency to the confusing and opaque pricing system patients face when scheduling care. […]

Regulations on Health Care Providers Objecting to certain Procedures such as Abortions

Document Excerpt Link https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/final-conscience-rule.pdf

CMS Announces HIPAA Compliance Review

Document Excerpt The CMS Division of National Standards, on behalf of HHS, is launching the Compliance Review Program to ensure compliance among covered entities with HIPAA Administrative Simplification rules for electronic health care transactions. In April 2019, HHS will randomly select 9 HIPAA-covered entities—a mix of health plans and clearinghouses—for Compliance Reviews. Any health plan […]

House Ways and Means Advances Retirement Bill

Document Excerpt WASHINGTON, DC – This morning, under the leadership of Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), the Ways & Means Committee passed H.R. 1994, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019, legislation that expands opportunities for Americans to increase their retirement savings and improves the portability of lifetime income options from […]

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