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November 8, 2016
October 13, 2016

Care New England Health System (“CNE”) recently agreed to pay $400,000 and enter into a corrective action plan with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights to resolve HIPAA violations.

Client Alert
April 11, 2016
January 4, 2016
Kutak Rock has published its latest edition of the Employee Benefits News.
Newsletter
October 1, 2015

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it would be conducting “Phase 2 Audits” of covered entities and business associates for compliance with the privacy and security rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA”). These audits will focus, in part, on a covered entity’s or business associate’s security risk assessments, mitigation plans, breach notification procedures, encryption and training and the necessary privacy and security policies and procedures. The OCR expects that these Phase 2 Audits will commence in the fourth quarter of 2015 and into 2016. For additional information, please read our client alert.

Client Alert
April 6, 2015
Last week, the IRS announced changes to its voluntary program that allows employers to correct retirement plan operational errors. The program, known as the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS), allows employers to correct operational errors by either (i) seeking IRS approval of a proposed corrective action; or (ii) self-correcting by taking a prescribed corrective action.Please read our client alert for additional information.
Client Alert
February 6, 2015
November 3, 2014
Late Friday afternoon (October 31, 2014), the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will not be enforcing the regulations relating to unique health plan identifiers (HPIDs) until further notice. The enforcement delay applies to all HIPAA-covered entities, including health plans.
Client Alert
July 31, 2014
In May, the IRS announced that it had launched an audit initiative to gauge compliance with the rules for nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements under Internal Revenue Code Section 409A. Yesterday, we participated in a national conference with the IRS where IRS agents provided their unofficial opinions regarding the focus and applicability of the Initiative as well as other relevant matters under Code Section 409A. To learn what we learned, please read our client alert.
Client Alert
June 20, 2014