Author Archives: Jim Hamilton

About Jim Hamilton

I am an employee benefits partner with Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. My broad-based practice covers health and welfare arrangements, insurance, executive compensation and federal and state taxation. Among other areas, I have specific experience with PPACA, HIPAA, COBRA, ERISA and numerous other state and federal laws affecting employee benefit plans.

What to do about ACA Reporting

I have been advising employers to wait until February 1, 2017 before starting work on the 2016 1094 and 1095 forms. My hope was that, based upon all of the campaign rhetoric, the ACA reporting obligations would either be further … Continue reading

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Executive Order Issued on ACA

[Official Guidance]  The White House, via Fox News Text of President Trump’s Executive Order: ‘Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal’ Signed on Jan. 20, 2017. “To the maximum extent permitted by law, the … Continue reading

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UMass settles potential HIPAA violations following malware infection

The following is text sent on November 22, 2016 from the HHS Office for Civil Rights Action.  For more information, contact Jim Hamilton at jhamilton@boselaw.com.   The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) has agreed to settle potential violations of the … Continue reading

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Yellow Light (Again): IRS Extends ACA Deadline to Furnish Forms

On November 18, 2016, the IRS extended the due date for employers to furnish 2016 Form 1095-B and Form 1095-C to individuals from January 31, 2017 until March 2, 2017. The IRS stated that the extension is appropriate because a … Continue reading

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OCR Launches Phase 2 of HIPAA Audit Program

As a part of its continued efforts to assess compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has begun its next phase of audits … Continue reading

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Improper Disclosure of Research Participants’ Protected Health Information Results In $3.9 Million HIPAA Settlement

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $3.9 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and … Continue reading

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$1.55 Million Settlement Underscores the Importance of Executing HIPAA Business Associate Agreements

North Memorial Health Care has agreed to settle charges that it potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules by failing to implement a business associate agreement with a major contractor and … Continue reading

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