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Community Banks Get Some Relief from the Requirements of the Volcker Rule

Community Banks Get Some Relief from the Requirements of the Volcker Rule

In a move that should offer some relief to community banks, five federal financial regulatory agencies (the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission), have approved an interim final rule ... Read More »

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 »

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