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Text of IRS Notice 2019-50: Applicable Amount for the Fee Imposed by ACA Section 9010 for the 2020 Fee Year (PDF)

"The 2020 Applicable Amount is determined by multiplying the fee for the 2018 base year (14,300,000,000) by the premium adjustment percentage for 2020 (1.0855118907), rounded to the nearest dollar. ... The 2020 Applicable Amount is $15,522,820,037."

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Health Plan Notifies Members of Privacy Incident Involving Participant Information

"On June 21, 2019, Providence Health Plan was notified by a business associate of a privacy incident involving health plan member information. The incident involved the potential unauthorized access of computer servers at ... a company that provides Providence Health Plan with administration of dental benefits. This notice explains the incident, measures [Providence has] taken, and some steps you can take in response."

Providence Health Plan

Pharma CEOs Shower GOP Senators with Campaign Cash

"Top pharmaceutical CEOs have targeted a small group of Republican senators with roughly $200,000 in campaign donations in the past year ... The focus on Congress comes as drug executives are holding back on donations to presidential candidates."


Recent Fines Illustrate Importance of Third-Party Vendor HIPAA Compliance

"The lack of automation and reliance upon manual risk management processes make it difficult to keep pace with cyber threats and the proliferation of digital applications and medical devices. Vendor risk assessments are time-consuming and costly; few organizations are conducting risk assessments of all their vendors.... The indirect and direct costs of third-party risk management for the health care industry averages $23.7 billion annually."

Corporate Compliance Insights

Benefits in General

DOL Will Restructure EBSA

"The changes, announced by the head of EBSA, Assistant Secretary of Labor Preston Rutledge, in an email to EBSA staff on August 27, will move three offices formerly overseen by Hauser to supervision by Wilson. In addition, the regional offices will report to a new and yet-unnamed deputy assistant secretary. The changes are a substantial revision to EBSA's organizational chart."

National Center for Employee Ownership [NCEO]

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