Elizabeth F. Hodge

Elizabeth F. Hodge

Akerman LLP

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HIPAA Audits – Phase 2: On-Site Audits Scheduled for First Quarter of 2017

Covered Entities and Business Associates may be ringing in the New Year with the prospect of responding to on-site HIPAA audits by federal regulators. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights...more

11/15/2016 - Business Associates Covered Entities Health Care Providers Healthcare HIPAA HIPAA Audits HIPAA Breach OCR PHI

Best Practices for Safeguarding Protected Health Information in Inclement Weather

As the East Coast prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, covered entities and business associates should take the opportunity to remind their workforce members to safeguard protected health information (PHI) that is...more

10/6/2016 - Business Associates Covered Entities Data Breach Data Protection Disaster Preparedness Health Care Providers Healthcare HIPAA Medical Records Natural Disasters Patient Privacy Rights PHI Severe Weather

Business Associates Beware! OCR Is Coming For You

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the first HIPAA settlement involving a business associate. Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia...more

7/8/2016 - Business Associates HIPAA HIPAA Breach OCR PHI Settlement

Shhh….OCR Releases New HIPAA Audit Protocol

Just in time for the Phase 2 audits, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) quietly posted the updated HIPAA Audit Protocol on its website. The new audit protocol has been updated to include...more

4/12/2016 - Business Associates Covered Entities Health Care Providers HIPAA HIPAA Audits HIPAA Breach OCR PHI

Phase 2 of HIPAA Audits Is Underway – Covered Entities and Business Associates Beware

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced that it has started obtaining and verifying entity contact information to identify covered entities and business associates for...more

3/23/2016 - Breach Notification Rule Business Associates Covered Entities Health Care Providers HIPAA HIPAA Audits HIPAA Breach OCR

HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule Imposes New Obligations on Business Associates

On January 25, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services/Office for Civil Rights (HHS/OCR) published in the Federal Register (78 Fed. Reg. 5566) the long-awaited final rule titled Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy,...more

2/12/2013 - Business Associates Covered Entities Data Protection HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule Medical Records PHI Subcontractors

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