Costs Can Go Up Fast When E.R. Is in Network but the Doctors Are Not

By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL When Jennifer Hopper raced to the emergency room after her husband, Craig, took a baseball in the face, she made sure they went to a hospital in their insurance network in Texas. So when they got a $937 bill from the emergency room doctor, she called the insurer
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HHS issues model HIPAA notices of privacy practices

By Kate Bongiovanni Less than a week before the compliance deadline for the final omnibus rule issued under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office for Civil Rights and the Office of the National Coordinator for
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New HIPAA rules go into effect

By Tristan Lejeune The deadline for compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s new notification standards has come and gone, but employers’ efforts to toe the line with the latest privacy and security regulations have just begun. In essence,
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HIPAA Omnibus Rule Alters Business Associate Requirements for Covered Entities, Business Associates, and Subcontractors

Most covered entities (e.g., health plans and health care providers) are aware that they are obligated under HIPAA to have business associate agreements (“BAAs”) in place with their business associates who use or disclose protected health information (“PHI”) in carrying out their obli
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