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May 11 2017

Improper Press Release Leads to $2.4 Million Settlement

This week the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) ensconced a settlement for the impermissible disclosure of a patient’s protected health information (PHI) without the patient’s authorization. The covered entity, a not-for-profit health system located in southeast Texas, must pay $2.4 million and begin implementation of a corrective action plan that involves OCR scrutiny of its HIPAA Privacy Rule compliance.

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May 08 2017

Lien, Lien Go Away

Construction liens can become an issue during the improvement of commercial and retail property in a number of ways and at various times during the improvement project. A developer/landlord may face a construction lien issue during the completion of a new building or turn-key build out for a tenant. On the other hand a tenant may contract for alterations or tenant improvements which could result in contractors or material providers having construction lien rights. Under either scenario, you could find yourself being on the receiving end of a lien claim if there's non-payment or a dispute with a contractor, subcontractor or supplier on the project.

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May 04 2017

Wisconsin Court of Appeals Holds That When An Insurer Provides a Defense to Its Insured, Extrinsic Evidence Must be Considered by the Court on the Question of Coverage

Stimac Family Trust v. Wis. Power & Light Co., No. 2016AP748 (Wis. App. Apr. 19, 2017) (recommended for publication)

In Stimac Family Trust v. Wis. Power & Light Co., No. 2016AP748, unpublished op. (Wis. App. Apr. 19, 2017), the Wisconsin Court of Appeals held that when an insurer provides a defense to its insured, any extrinsic evidence offered by either party must be considered by the court on the question of coverage.

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May 03 2017

IRS Delays Notice Requirements for Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Accounts

The 21st Century Cures Act ("Cures Act"), signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2016, included a provision that exempts qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements ("QSEHRAs") from the Affordable Care Act's ("ACA's") group health plan rules. On February 27, 2017, the IRS extended the time for plan sponsors to provide the required QSEHRA notice to employees. This Update describes the general rules for QSEHRAs under the Cures Act, as well as the extension recently granted by the IRS.

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