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July 25, 2017
Health Care Reform

The State of Health Care Reform in the Senate

Latest Developments

Politics never stops, and neither do we. As we were preparing for publication, the state of health care continued to be a fluid issue. Developments are released almost hourly. Most recently, on July 25, 2017, the Senate, by a vote of 51-50 (with Vice President Pence casting the tie-breaking vote) advanced debate on the Senate’s health care plan to repeal and replace the ACA. See what's next.

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Federal Updates

HHS Publishes Cyber Newsletter on HIPAA Security Concerns Related to File-Sharing Tools

HHS recently published its June cyber newsletter, which discusses security concerns that HIPAA-covered entities and business associates (BAs) must take into account when implementing file-sharing and collaboration tools.

As a reminder, HIPAA's security rule requires covered entities (and their BAs) to implement security measures with respect to protected health information (PHI) that is stored electronically. Covered entities (and BAs) must implement a security management process, which includes conducting a risk analysis to identify threats and vulnerabilities to electronically stored PHI (ePHI), and implementing mitigation procedures.

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Retirement Updates

IRS Updates 401(k) Plan Fix-It Guide

The IRS recently updated the 401(k) Plan Fix-It Guide to reflect updates to the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS).

As background, IRS Fix-It Guides provide information on how to identify, fix and avoid common 401(k) plan compliance failures. The recent changes mainly reflect the modifications made to the EPCRS by Revenue Procedure 2016-51.

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