Health Reform Leftovers – Washington’s Anti-trust Law

The United States Department of Justice announcement of a civil antitrust lawsuit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan rings another ancient health care reform bell in Washington, the state.  In 1993, as part of its comprehensive health care reform, Washington adopted a series of laws intended to offset the growing market power of insurers.…

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Insurance Commissioner sends the Association Health Plan Market into shock

Shortly after the President signed health care reform legislation, many of us spent long hours parsing the thick bill to discern a place in a reformed market for association health plans. As I noted in prior articles (e.g., what-is-a-mewa-and-will-they-be-sent-to-the-health-care-reformatory ), for over fifteen years, the Washington small group market has been dominated by member governed…

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HIPAA Privacy Rules Again… and a warning to Business Associates

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has just proposed new regulations designed to fulfill the amendments made to HIPAA last year when the economic stimulus act (ARRA) was passed by Congress. The separate Health Information for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was grafted onto ARRA. Recall that among the HIPAA amendments…

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