Cardiac Science Corporation, an international manufacturer of diagnostic and therapeutic cardiology products based in Waukesha, Wis., will pay $50,000 and furnish other relief under a consent decree entered by a federal court in a retaliation lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This case involved both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Read the rest of this entry »
The Social Security Board of Trustees has released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. The Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund will become depleted in 2016, unchanged from last year’s estimate, with 81 percent of benefits still payable after that date. Read the rest of this entry »
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island (WIH) has agreed to pay $150,000 to resolve allegations that it failed to protect the personal information and protected health information of more than 12,000 patients in Massachusetts, Attorney General (AG) Martha Coakley has announced. Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, state attorneys general can bring suits to enforce the privacy and security rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Read the rest of this entry »
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released draft forms that employers must use to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to report health coverage offered to employees. The IRS says it provided the draft forms to help employers, tax professionals and software providers prepare for these new reporting provisions and to invite comments from them. Read the rest of this entry »
Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS), which operates an inpatient hospital and several outpatient medical facilities, will pay $1,350,000 and will undertake significant remedial measures to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
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Parkview Health System, Inc. has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Parkview will pay $800,000 and adopt a corrective action plan to address deficiencies in its HIPAA compliance program. Parkview is a nonprofit health care system that provides community-based health care services to individuals in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. Read the rest of this entry »
Drugstore giant Walgreens has agreed to pay $180,000 to a longtime employee with diabetes and to implement revised policies and training to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Read the rest of this entry »