Proposed Rules Address Prescription Drug Pricing

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule to lower prescription drug prices and out-of-pocket costs by encouraging manufacturers to pass discounts directly to patients and bring new transparency to prescription drug markets. Please note, nothing has changed yet, as this is only a proposed rule. Even if finalized in its current…

HHS to Increase HIPAA Audits in 2016

Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has announced that it will begin its third round of audits in 2016.  Employers may receive letters requesting documents beginning this month.  To be ready, employers must ensure having documentation of administrative procedures, plan documents, documents that substantiate employer policies, and documents that substantiate correction actions. For additional information, please…

Health Care Reform Alert: PCOR Fee Reminder and Recently Issued FAQs

The Department of Labor (DOL), Health & Human Services (HHS) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released two additional sets of Frequently Asked Questions on the Affordable Care Act, both regarding non-grandfathered group health plans, summarized here: Guidance Issued on Coverage for Preventive Items and Services – Issued May 12, 2015, FAQ 26 discusses the…