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Key Takeaways from OIG’s 2015 Work Plan

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its Fiscal Year 2015 Work Plan on October 31. The Work Plan provides the OIG’s planned reviews and activities with respect to...more

Cliff Notes from the Joint OCR/NIST HIPAA Security Conference

As a service to our readers, we have distilled last week’s joint HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and National Institute of Standards in Technology (NIST) conference, “Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance...more

10/1/2014  /  Encryption , HHS , HIPAA , NIST , OCR , Risk Assessment , Training

We have seen this movie before ….. and we all should know that it does not end well.

How much is the cost of doing nothing when it comes to encryption of sensitive data? In the case of electronic protected health information, about $2 million. Two companies have been hit with fines equaling a total...more

4/28/2014  /  Cybersecurity , Data Protection , EHR , HHS , HIPAA , PHI

No More Excuses: Encrypt Your Laptops or Pay Big $

Two companies were hit with fines equaling a total of almost $2 million to settle alleged Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations involving stolen, unencrypted laptops, the U.S. Department of...more

4/24/2014  /  Data Protection , Encryption , HHS , HIPAA , OCR

CMS Releases Physician Medicare Billing Data

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on April 9th a “historic” release of Medicare payment data to provide consumers with “unprecedented transparency on the medical services physicians provide and...more

HHS Extends Medicare Coverage to Same-Sex Couples

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (“HHS”) announced last week that same-sex married couples can now qualify for Medicare Part A and Part B special enrollment periods and reductions in late enrollment penalties....more

Data Breach Wall of Shame: 2013's Highlights and Lessons

Since 2009, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has posted all large data breaches – those that involve 500 or more individuals – online on its so-called “Wall of Shame.” In 2013, 160 large data breaches were reported to...more

On the First Day of Privacy, The OCR Gave to Me...

Welcome to our series, “The 12 Days of Privacy” as we look to “gifts” that may be received this season and some of the big issues ahead …. Day One – - HIPAA 2014 – Where will the Audit Trail Lead? The year 2013...more

12/9/2013  /  HHS , HIPAA , HITECH , OCR , OIG , Privacy Laws , Privacy Policy

Hearing to Address HIPAA Accounting of Disclosures

The HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced that the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee’s Privacy and Security Tiger Team will hold a virtual, public hearing on Monday, September 30 from 11:45 a.m. to...more

The New HIPAA Omnibus Rule & Your Liability — A Detailed Review

As we have reported in this blog, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released final regulations containing modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and...more

OCR Releases Sample Business Associate Agreement Provisions

The Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has posted on its website sample business associate agreement provisions to help covered entities and business associates comply with the new business...more

Utilizing the HIPAA audit protocols as a compliance tool By Kimberly J. Gold

Originally published in Compliance Today on December 1, 2012. ..Covered entities are now subject to privacy and security audits by OCR. ..OCR published audit protocols regarding its standards for such...more

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