HHS Office of Civil Rights Settles its First Medical Records Enforcement Case

Earlier this year, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced that it would vigorously enforce the Federal rights of patients to receive their medical records promptly and without being overcharged. On September 6, 2019, the OCR entered into a settlement agreement with Bayfront Health-St. Petersburg to resolve an enforcement action … Read More

Get Private Health Insurance Out of Medicare

Justice Word Engraved

Get Private Health Insurance Out of Medicare. Professors Pamela Herd and Donald P. Moynihan of Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy have written in a New York Times op-ed that the involvement of private health insurers in providing Medicare benefits has greatly increased the complexity of the program and, as a result, the burden on consumers. Herd and Moynihan wrote: Private insurers … Read More

COBRA – Know your Rights and Avoid Being Bitten by the Snake

COBRA – Know your Rights and Avoid Being Bitten by the Snake Terminated employees generally lose their COBRA health care continuation coverage for one of two reasons: they fail to timely elect COBRA coverage within 60 days, or they fail to timely make required premium payments. The rights and obligations of COBRA qualified beneficiaries are described below. COBRA is a … Read More