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Insurers nationwide continue to drop medical providers from medicare advantage plans

Insurers nationwide continue to drop medical providers from medicare advantage plans

Since last fall, tens of thousands of physicians, medical practices and pharmacies nationwide, and their patients, have received notifications from some of the country’s largest Medicare Advantage plan providers, including health insurance giants UnitedHealthcare (UHC) and Humana, that the physicians, and entire provider groups, will be terminated from the insurers’ ... Read More »

Nonprofit Employees’ Insubordinate Statements on Facebook Held Not Protected Under the NLRA

Nonprofit Employees’ Insubordinate Statements on Facebook Held Not Protected Under the NLRA

A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative law judge (ALJ) recently found that an expletive-ridden Facebook conversation between two employees of a nonprofit youth center were so egregious as to take the comments outside the protection of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and warranted dismissal. Read More »

Expanded HIPAA Privacy Rules Impose Requirements on Non-Healthcare Businesses in Possession of Medical Records

Expanded HIPAA Privacy Rules Impose Requirements on Non-Healthcare Businesses in Possession of Medical Records

On September 23, 2013, tough new privacy regulations under the Omnibus Final Rule (Omnibus Rule) update to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) went into effect. Healthcare providers and others that fall under the category of healthcare Business Associates (BA) can expect increased levels of enforcement ... Read More »

Banks are Increasingly Becoming Targets of Americans with Disabilities Act ATM Class Action Lawsuits

Banks are Increasingly Becoming Targets of Americans with Disabilities Act ATM Class Action Lawsuits

Amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) require ATMs to include audio-based capabilities for all features on the machine. For example, if standard users are able to obtain transaction histories or account balances, then blind customers must be able to obtain the same information using the text-to-speech mode. ATMs ... Read More »

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