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“Your Money or Your PHI”: OCR Releases Guidance on Ransomware

On July 11, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released important new guidance on ransomware for hospitals and other healthcare providers and finally addressed the question of whether electronic protected health...more

7/12/2016 - Breach Notification Rule Covered Entities Cyber Attacks Data Breach Employee Training Hackers Health Care Providers HIPAA HIPAA Breach Hospitals New Guidance OCR PHI Ransomware Security Risk Assessments

Don’t Neglect Your Business Associate Agreements!

As we have repeatedly emphasized on this blog, HIPAA Covered Entities must ensure that they have compliant business associate agreements (“BAAs”) in place with all of their business associates and must ensure that they have...more

3/18/2016 - Business Associates Corrective Actions Covered Entities HIPAA OCR PHI Risk Assessment Settlement

Latest OCR Enforcement Action: Underbed Storage is Not Appropriate for PHI

Recent enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) have highlighted that, not surprisingly, Covered Entities should not leave medical records in a...more

2/5/2016 - HHS HIPAA Home Health Care OCR PHI Privacy Policy

HIPAA and Health Care Data Privacy – 2015 Year in Review

As the year winds down, we look back with a mixture of nostalgia and queasiness on the major Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) events that defined 2015. Incredibly large data breaches became...more

12/11/2015 - Anthem Insurance Cyber Attacks Data Breach HIPAA HITECH OCR PHI

ONC Releases Privacy and Security Guidance Geared Toward Small Providers

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”) recently released a new and improved version 2.0 of their Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information. This revamped...more

5/8/2015 - Business Associates Electronic Medical Records Electronically Stored Information Health Information Technologies HHS HIPAA OCR PHI Security Risk Assessments

HIPAA Settlement Continues to Emphasize the Importance of Security Policies and Procedures

A recently announced settlement between Anchorage Community Mental Health (“ACMHS”) and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) emphasizes, once again, the importance of compliance with...more

12/10/2014 - Data Protection Healthcare Facilities HIPAA OCR Patient Privacy Rights PHI Popular Security Rule Settlement

OCR Proposes HIPAA Amendments to Address Gun Violence

As we previously reported, President Obama has made it a priority to improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”). Last week, more than eight months after the issuance of a advance notice of...more

1/8/2014 - Firearms Gun Laws HIPAA OCR PHI Privacy Rule

HIPAA Omnibus Rule Reference Chart

Mintz Levin is pleased to provide this section-by-section analysis of the HIPAA Omnibus Rule. The chart lists provisions of the proposed privacy, security and enforcement rules mandated by the Health Information...more

1/23/2013 - Business Associates Covered Entities Data Breach Data Protection HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule HITECH Notice Requirements PHI

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