Tuesday, April 16, 2013

United States: Hospitals Providing Medical Care To Federal Employees Covered by HMOs May Be Subject To OFCCP’s Affirmative Action And Other Requirements

Article by Debra S. Friedman
15 April 2013

Over the years, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), which enforces affirmative action and equal opportunity regulations for federal contractors and subcontractors, has tried to assert jurisdiction over hospitals that provide medical care to federal employees in various controversial ways. For example, OFCCP has claimed hospitals are federal subcontractors when they provide medical services to Blue Cross/Blue Shield and/or HMO policyholders pursuant to the insurance providers’ agreements with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia just gave the green light to OFCCP to assert its jurisdiction over hospitals, at least where HMOs covering federal employees are involved.

Full Story: http://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/x/233450/Hospitals+Providing+Medical+Care+To+Federal+Employees+Covered+by+HMOs+May+Be+Subject+To+OFCCPs+Affirmative+Action+And+Other+Requirements

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