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Comment Letter to ONC & CMS on Proposed Interoperability, Transparency, and Other Health IT Rules
The Business Group, in response to a request for information, submitted comments to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services supporting their proposals to foster a more transparent health care system--with respect to pricing and quality of care--for patients, providers, and payers.
Jun 3, 2019
Comment Letter on Rescinding the Adoption of the Standard Unique Health Plan Identifier and Other Entity Identifier
The Business Group supports HHS's proposal to rescind the HPID and OEID rules.
Feb 19, 2019
Comment Letter on Modifying HIPAA Rules to Improve Coordinated Care
The Business Group, in response to HHS's request for information, submitted comments on ways to modify HIPAA regulations to improve coordinated care.
Feb 12, 2019
HIPAA Boot Camp Part 3: HIPAA Security Rule & Breach Notification
This 60-minute webinar is designed to provide a more in-depth overview of the HIPAA Security Rule, Breach Notification Rule, and the most recent agency guidance that applies to group health plan compliance.
Nov 7, 2016
Agencies Finalize More Excepted Benefits Rules
Recently, the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, and Department of Health and Human Services (collectively, the Agencies) issued final regulations covering several topics, including supplemental health insurance; travel insurance; and short-term, limited-duration insurance.
Nov 3, 2016
Public Policy Webinar: Update on ACA Employer Reporting and Other Topics
During this webinar, we provide an overview of the most recent IRS guidance on ACA employer reporting and other new regulatory guidance.
Oct 28, 2016
HIPAA Boot Camp Part 2: HIPAA Privacy Rule
This 60-minute webinar is designed to provide a more in-depth overview of the HIPAA Privacy Rule and the most recent agency guidance that applies to group health plan compliance.
Oct 21, 2016
HIPAA Boot Camp: HIPAA Basics for HR and Group Health Plan Sponsors
This webinar is a one-hour session designed to provide a basic overview of HIPAA’s Privacy Rule, Security Rule, and Breach Notification Rule. This is the first in a 3-part series.
Sep 30, 2016
HIPAA Boot Camp: HIPAA Basics for HR and Group Health Plan Sponsors
This webinar is a one-hour session designed to provide a basic overview of HIPAA’s Privacy Rule, Security Rule, and Breach Notification Rule. This is the first in a 3-part series.
Sep 30, 2016
EEOC Wellness Incentive Rules: Design Strategies and Examples for 2017
Over 72% of employers use financial incentives to promote healthy lifestyles. However, the EEOC’s new regulations on wellness incentives add some additional complexity as employers plan their 2017 programs. During this webinar, we provide examples of common incentive designs and discuss whether or not they comply with the existing and new wellness incentive regulations.
Jun 8, 2016
NBGH Public Policy Webinar: EEOC Regulatory Update
During this webinar, we provide an overview of the latest regulations from the EEOC on how the ADA and GINA apply to wellness program incentives.
May 20, 2016
Comments to HHS on Health Plan Identifier
The Business Group, in response to HHS's request for information, submitted comments encouraging HHS to (1) take into account features of large, self-insured group health plans and (2) minimize the administrative and cost burdens associated with the HPID final rule.
Jul 28, 2015
Comments to the EEOC on Their Proposed ADA Rule Recommending Eliminating Contradictions with Other Laws Governing Wellness Programs
The National Business Group on Health submitted comments to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) proposed Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) rules recommending eliminating contradictions with other federal laws governing employer-sponsored wellness programs.
Jun 19, 2015
Employer Alert: Is Your Health Plan Prepared for a Data Breach?
Since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) originally passed in 1996, group health plan sponsors have had to implement a number of federal and state laws and regulations designed to protect plan participants’ health information. At the same time, as more health information is stored and transmitted electronically, plan sponsors have had to adjust to increasing risks to that information due to data and security breaches. Because breaches can happen at any time—even with adequate safeguards in place—it is important that plans sponsors review and update their policies and procedures for handling all types of breaches, particularly if they involve individuals’ health information. This Employer Alert provides practice tips and a checklist of initial steps that plans sponsors should consider when dealing with a health plan-related data breach, with links to additional resources.
Feb 18, 2015
CMS Delays Health Plan Identifier Requirement
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that it will delay enforcement of the HIPAA health plan identifier (HPID) regulations until further notice.
Nov 3, 2014
National Business Group on Health's Position Statement on Health Information Technology
Health Information Technology (HIT) is essential for modernizing our current health system to improve quality, patient safety, affordability, and efficiency.
Sep 22, 2014
HHS Provides HIPAA Model Notice of Privacy Practices
HHS issued a new model Notice of Privacy Practices NPP that group health plans can use in complying with HIPAA requirements.
Sep 17, 2013
HHS Issues Final Regulations under HIPAA, HITECH Act, and GINA
HHS issued final regulations implementing a number of provisions under HIPAA, the HITECH Act, and GINA. This Public Policy Alert summarizes the provisions that most affect group health plans.
Feb 11, 2013
HIPAA, HITECH Act, and GINA Regulations: Group Health Plan Compliance Checklist
HHS issued final regulations implementing a number of provisions under HIPAA, the HITECH Act, and GINA. To assist our members in complying by the September 23, 2013 compliance date, we provide this checklist, which incorporates the regulations’ new requirements for group health plans.
Feb 11, 2013
Sample Business Associate Agreement
The Department of Health and Human Services has published a sample Business Associate Agreement that incorporates requirements under the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification, and Enforcement Rules. The language in this sample document is not required but may be helpful to group health plan sponsors in drafting or amending Business Associate Agreements.
Feb 4, 2013
Wellness Programs: New Rules and Proposals for 2014 and Beyond
Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor, and Internal Revenue Service issued new proposed regulations, effective in 2014, that will modify the rules for wellness programs that offer rewards or penalties based on health factors. During this webinar, we provide an overview of the current and proposed wellness program rules, including examples and a discussion of implications for employer-sponsored plans.
Jan 16, 2013
HHS Releases Rules for Breaches of Unsecured Protected Health Information
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issues risk assessment, notification and reporting rules for breaches of unsecured protected health information (PHI) and also clarifies the safe harbor to avoid the rules by securing PHI.
Sep 17, 2009
HHS Guidance on Acceptable Methods to Secure Personal Health Information (PHI)
HHS publishes guidance, under the new stimulus bill, to assist health plans in securing personal health information and prevent triggering notification requirements for breaches of personal health information.
Apr 27, 2009
HHS Permits Hospitals and Others to Donate Health Information Technology to Physicians
Policy Alert - August 3, 2006
Aug 3, 2006
Final HIPAA Portability Regulations Introduce Certificate and Notice Requirements and Clarify Other Provisions
The final regulations do not differ significantly from the interim final regulations the Departments issued in April 1997. However, they do include clarifications and requirements that affect employers’ plan administration.
Feb 14, 2005

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