CMS issues Final Non-Discrimination Regulations

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule significantly revising the non-discrimination regulations that implemented Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1557 builds on long-standing and familiar Federal civil rights laws: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX…

Controversial “Conscience Rights” Rule Delayed

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has agreed to postpone the effective date of the Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority  rule.  The rule, commonly referred to as “the conscience rule”, was set to take effect this month and has been delayed by at least four months to…