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The Health Care Reform Blog provide clients with the most up-to-date information about Health Care Reform-including updates on the federal government's implementation of the Affordable Care Act, new regulations, recently issued guidance and enforcement updates. The blog will also comment on any issues specific to the State of Iowa.

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Health Law Blog: HHS Issues Model of Notices of Privacy Practices in Spanish - February 19, 2014

A Spanish version of the Model Notices of Privacy Practices (NPP) has been issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office for the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Read More »


Final Rules Relating to Employer Mandate Released - February 11, 2014

On Monday, Feb. 10, the Obama Administration issued final rules implementing the employer mandate and providing welcome relief for many employers. Read More »


Health Law Blog: Covered Entity Fined $150,000 For Stolen Unencrypted Thumb Drive - January 14, 2014

HHS recently announced that it fined a dermatology practice $150,000 for failing to reasonably safeguard an unencrypted thumb drive and failing to conduct an accurate and thorough risk analysis of electronic PHI. Read More »


Health Care Reform Blog: Regulators Provide ACA Guidance on Volunteer Emergency Workers - January 13, 2014

On Friday, the Department of Treasury announced on its blog that it intends to provide an exemption to the employer penalty provisions for volunteer firefighters and emergency services personnel. Read More »


Health Care Reform Blog: Additional Health Care Reform FAQs Issued - January 9, 2014

This morning the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury Department released additional Frequently Asked Questions relating to implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Read More »


Health Care Reform Blog: DOL Releases Final Mental Health Parity Rules - November 11, 2013

Last week the US Department of Labor ("DOL") issued final rules implementing the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act of 2008. Read More »


Health Care Reform Blog: Play or Pay Rules Delayed - July 3, 2013

Tuesday evening the Treasury Department announced that it would delay enforcement of the employer shared responsibility penalty provisions, often referred to as "Play or Pay", until 2015. Read More »


Tax Law Blog: Tax Implications of DOMA Ruling - June 27, 2013

The Supreme Court's ruling in the case of Windsor v. United States, holding part of the Defense Of Marriage Act unconstitutional, will have important tax repercussions. Read More »


Health Care Reform Blog: IRS Releases Updated Form 720 for PCORI Fee Reporting - June 6, 2013

Earlier this week the IRS released the updated Form 720 which plan sponsors and third party administrators must utilize when reporting the Patient Centered Outcome Research Fee. Read More »


Health Care Reform Blog: "Bare Bones" Health Plans- Are They Legal? - May 20, 2013

You may have woken up today to media reports of large employers exploring the idea of dropping traditional health plans in favor of very limited health care plans as a way to lessen the burden imposed on large employers for failing to offer affordable, minimum value insurance coverage to full time employees. Read More »


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