Edward Zacharias

Edward Zacharias

McDermott Will & Emery

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OCR Launches Phase 2 HIPAA Audit Program with Pre-Audit Screening Surveys

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) covered entities have reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently sent pre-audit screening surveys...more

5/18/2015 - Audits Breach Notification Rule Business Associates Covered Entities De-Identified Protected Health Information Electronic Medical Records Health Care Providers HIPAA Medical Records OCR PHI

OCR Transmits Pre-Audit Screening Surveys to Covered Entities for Phase 2 HIPAA Compliance Audits

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently transmitted HIPAA pre-audit screening surveys to covered entities that may be selected for a second phase of HIPAA compliance audits...more

5/8/2015 - Business Associates Covered Entities Electronic Medical Records HIPAA HITECH OCR PHI

Just in Time for the Holidays: Another HIPAA Settlement

On December 2, 2014, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Anchorage Community Mental Health Services, Inc., (ACMHS) entered into a Resolution Agreement and Corrective Action Plan (CAP) to settle alleged violations of the...more

12/12/2014 - Data Protection Electronic Medical Records Electronically Stored Information Health Care Providers HIPAA OCR PHI

Privacy and Data Protection: 2014 Year in Review

In 2014, regulators around the globe issued guidelines, legislation and penalties in an effort to enhance security and control within the ever-shifting field of privacy and data protection. The Federal Trade Commission...more

12/11/2014 - Africa Anti-Spam Legislation Canada China Cybersecurity Data Protection EU EU Data Protection Laws FTC Latin America Legislative Agendas

Inherency Is Tough to Prove—Even in IPR

ZTE Corp. v. ContentGuard Holdings, Inc. - In four final written decisions in inter partes review (IPR) challenges, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) concluded that the petitioner had not demonstrated by a...more

9/10/2014 - Inherently Distinctive Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patent Litigation Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

OCR to Begin Phase 2 of HIPAA Audit Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will soon begin a second phase of audits (Phase 2 Audits) of compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)...more

7/30/2014 - Audits Best Management Practices Business Associates Chief Compliance Officers Covered Entities Cybersecurity Data Breach Enforcement Healthcare Providers HHS HIPAA HITECH Hospitals PHI Popular

Take Action to Stop the Bleeding: Follow These Steps

“Heartbleed” has been all over the news, and companies have been scrambling to respond. What sounds like a nasty medical condition is actually a recently discovered flaw in popular encryption software called OpenSSL. It has...more

4/15/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach FTC Heartbleed Internet Privacy

CMS Announces Additional Open Application Period for Bundled Payment Initiative Models 2, 3 & 4

On February 18, 2014, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published an announcement in the Federal Register regarding an open period for additional providers to be considered for participation in Models 2, 3 and...more

2/20/2014 - Bundled Payments CMS Healthcare Healthcare Reform

U.S. Privacy and Data Protection: 2013 Year in Review and a Look Ahead to 2014

In Boston, we celebrated Data Privacy Day (January 28) by presenting “U.S. Privacy and Data Protection: 2013 Year In Review and a Prediction of What’s to Come in 2014” for participants in an IAPP KnowledgeNet. Our panel of...more

1/29/2014 - Affordable Care Act Compliance Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection EHR Enforcement Enforcement Actions Healthcare HIPAA Neiman Marcus Personally Identifiable Information PHI Privacy Laws Safe Harbors Target

HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule Compliance Date Is Only Two Months Away

The compliance date for the omnibus final rule amending the privacy, security, breach notification and enforcement regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information...more

7/25/2013 - Breach Notification Rule Compliance Data Breach Data Protection Deadlines Enforcement Final Rules Healthcare HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule Privacy Policy

OCR Issues Final Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification and Enforcement Rules to Implement the HITECH...

On January 25, 2013, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule (Final Rule) containing modifications to the privacy standards (Privacy Rule), security...more

2/21/2013 - Business Associates Covered Entities Data Breach Data Protection Enforcement GINA HHS HIPAA HITECH Notice Requirements OCR PHI Privacy Rule

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