Joshua Freemire

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HHS Office of Civil Rights Releases Several Model Notices of Privacy Practices

The HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently released several versions of a model Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP) for use by covered entity health plans and health care providers. The notices have been written specifically...more

9/18/2013 - HHS HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule HITECH Notice of Privacy Practices OCR

Is Your Firewall On? Are You Sure? Idaho State University Settles Privacy Rule Violations for $400,000

The HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced a $400,000 settlement with Idaho State University (ISU) following a lengthy investigation of the privacy and security practices at ISU outpatient clinics. In addition to...more

6/24/2013 - Corrective Actions OCR Penalties PHI Privacy Rule Settlement

OCR Settles with Shasta Regional Medical Center for $275,000

The HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced a $275,000 settlement with Shasta Regional Medical Center (SRMC) on the heels of an investigation triggered by a Los Angeles Times article indicating that senior...more

6/21/2013 - Healthcare HHS HIPAA Hospitals Media OCR PHI Public Disclosure Settlement

Guidance on De-Identified Protected Health Information Offers In-depth Instruction on Technical Issues

The HITECH Act required the Secretary of Health and Human Services to publish a number of “Guidance” documents to inform the health care industry and its advisors about practical aspects of HIPAA compliance and HITECH...more

1/8/2013 - Data Protection De-Identified Protected Health Information HHS HIPAA HITECH OCR Technology

First OCR Settlement Involving a “Small” Breach Focuses on Mobile Device Security

In what is best understood as a follow-up to both the recent settlement with MEEI and the release of its mobile device security guidance, HHS OCR recently released details of a settlement reached with the Hospice of Northern...more

1/7/2013 - Compliance Data Breach Data Protection Health Information Technologies HHS HIPAA HONI Mobile Devices OCR Patient Confidentiality Breaches Settlement

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