Elizabeth F. Hodge

Elizabeth F. Hodge

Akerman LLP

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Lights, Camera, Settlement: OCR says a picture is worth $2.2 million

A New York hospital has settled with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) for $2.2 million after allowing a TV crew for the ABC documentary series “NY Med” to film patients...more

4/26/2016 - Covered Entities Film Industry HHS HIPAA Hospitals OCR Patient Privacy Rights PHI Prior Authorization 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

OCR Issues New Guidance on “Reasonable and Cost-Based” Fees Associated with Medical Record Copying and Access

On February 25, 2016, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released a set of FAQs directed at healthcare providers and plans that are required to comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule (the Privacy Rule). The guidance emphasizes that...more

3/17/2016 - Fees Health Care Providers HIPAA OCR PHI Privacy Rule

Recent HHS Settlement Highlights Risks of Electronically-Sharing Protected Health Information

On July 10, 2015, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced its second settlement of the year for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act...more

7/16/2015 - Compliance Data Breach Data Protection Data-Sharing Health Information Technologies Healthcare HHS HIPAA Hospitals Laptop Computers OCR PHI Settlement

The Downside To Sharing – Two Hospitals To Pay Largest HIPAA Fine Yet

On May 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") announced the largest settlement to date under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA"). New...more

5/9/2014 - Data-Sharing Healthcare HIPAA Hospitals Non-Judicial Settlement Agreements OCR Patient Confidentiality Breaches Patient Privacy Rights

It's Never Too Late To Give Guidance: OCR Starts Releasing HIPAA Omnibus Rule Guidance In Anticipation Of September 23 Compliance...

This has been a busy week for the Department of Health and Human Services / Office for Civil Rights (HHS/OCR). It has started releasing guidance on various provisions of the Omnibus HIPAA final rule (the "Final Rule") in...more

9/23/2013 - CLIA Data Protection HHS HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule HITECH Notice Requirements OCR PHI

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