"Personal Health Information" Archives

  1. Federal Appeals Court Issues Affordable Care Act Ruling

    OVERVIEW On Dec. 18, 2019, a federal appeals court ruled in Texas v. Azar that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate is unconstitutional due to the elimination of the individual mandate penalty in 2019. The appeals court remanded the case to the lower court to determine whether the rest of the ACA can remain […]

  2. Some Employer Plans to be Affected by Proposed Rule on Health Care Transparency

    OVERVIEW On Nov. 15, 2019, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) issued a proposed rule regarding transparency in coverage that would impose new transparency requirements on group health plans and health insurers in the individual and group markets. Specifically, the proposed rule would require plans and issuers […]

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  3. Final Rule on Hospital Price Transparency Released

    by Elaine

    On Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, the Trump administration released its final rule regarding hospital price transparency. This final rule will take effect Jan. 1, 2021, a year later than originally proposed. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had been listening to feedback on a proposed version of the rule for the past four […]

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  4. Potential Benefits and Drawbacks to CBD Oil

    Cannabidiol (CBD oil) has become a popular subject in the media. You may have even noticed it steadily finding its way onto the shelves of health stores and coffee shops, or at stores that specialize in or exclusively sell it. While you may have heard many stories on the varying uses and effectiveness of CBD […]

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  5. CALIFORNIA ENACTS STATE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE

    by Elaine

    OVERVIEW On June 28, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a state budget for 2019-2020 that establishes a state individual mandate, effective Jan. 1, 2020. This state-based individual mandate will require California residents to maintain acceptable health coverage or pay a penalty, beginning in 2020. This new mandate was enacted in response to […]

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  6. HIPAA’s new FAQs about Health and Wellness Apps and Your PHI

    Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a set of FAQs from the Office of Civil Rights. HIPAA’s new FAQs are meant to address the HIPAA right of access as it relates to health and wellness apps designated for use by patients and application programming interfaces (APIs) used by providers’ electronic health […]

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