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Health System Pays $800,000 Fine for Leaving PHI in Doctor’s Driveway

While enforcement activity by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has focused primarily on a covered entity’s safeguard of electronic protected health information (ePHI),...more

6/27/2014  /  Enforcement , HHS , HIPAA , Medical Records , OCR , PHI

Health System Investigated for Leaving PHI in Doctor’s Driveway – Settles with OCR for $800K

While OCR enforcement activity has focused on a covered entity’s safeguarding of ePHI, organizations cannot forget about PHI in non-electronic form. To settle potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, Parkview Health...more

6/26/2014  /  Data Breach , Data Protection , EHR , HIPAA , OCR , PHI

HHS Attorney: Major HIPAA Fines and Enforcement Coming

As regularly blogged about on the Data Privacy Monitor, the past 12 months have seen record-breaking HIPAA enforcement activity by HHS OCR. But according to recent remarks by a high-ranking HHS attorney, if you thought these...more

HHS OCR Settles Post-Data Breach Investigation for Record $4.8M

On May 7, 2014, HHS OCR announced a pair of resolution agreements with New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) and Columbia University (CU) totaling $4.8 million dollars—the highest settlement amount to date. These resolution...more

Get Ready! HHS OCR Announces Next Round of HIPAA Audits

To combat new risks associated with rapidly evolving health information technology, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act...more

3/17/2014  /  EHR , Healthcare , HHS , HIPAA , HITECH , OCR

OCR Settles Potential HIPAA Violations with County Government for $215,000

To start 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued its first resolution agreement of the year and its first settlement with a county government – signaling that even local...more

3/10/2014  /  HIPAA , OCR , Settlement

Proposed $6.8M Fine Related to Puerto Rico Breach Incident

Triple-S Salud, Inc. (“Triple-S”), a Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration (“PRHIA”) contractor, filed a Form 8-K indicating that the PRHIA intended to impose a civil monetary penalty of $6,768,000 and other...more

3/7/2014  /  Data Breach , EHR , Fines , Form 8-K , Healthcare , Medicare , PHI

Healthcare Privacy – 2013 Year in Review

On January 25, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published the long-awaited HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule (Final Rule), which includes the most sweeping changes to HIPAA...more

HHS Closes Out 2013 with 6th Resolution Agreement

Throughout 2013, HHS OCR has stated that covered entities of all sizes need to give priority to securing ePHI. In addition, HHS OCR has recommended that covered entities identify and mitigate risks before an incident occurs....more

OCR Releases Model Notices of Privacy Practices

Under the Privacy Rule, an individual has the right to adequate notice of how a covered entity may use and disclose PHI about the individual, as well as his/her rights and the covered entity’s obligations with respect to that...more

North Dakota Breach Notification Law - Personal Information Includes Health Information

North Dakota has amended its Notice of Security Breach for Personal Information statute, North Dakota Century Code Section 51-30 et seq., to expand the definition of “personal information” to include “medical information” and...more

Health Plan Settles HHS OCR Investigation Related to Photocopier Breach for $1.2m

The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (HHS OCR) today announced its 4th resolution agreement of 2013....more

HHS OCR Sends Message to CEs and their BAs: Protect ePHI Accessible Over the Internet

In its third resolution agreement of 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (HHS OCR) today announced a $1.7 million resolution agreement with WellPoint, Inc., a health insurer and managed...more

HIPAA, Business Associates, and the Cloud

Under the Final Rule, as previously discussed, business associates must comply with the technical, administrative, and physical safeguard requirements under the Security Rule....more

Hospital Disclosure of PHI to Media and Workforce Results in $275,000 Fine

HHS OCR announced today its second resolution agreement of 2013. Shasta Regional Medical Center (SRMC) has agreed to pay $275,000 and enter into a comprehensive corrective action plan (CAP) to settle an investigation opened...more

HHS OCR Director Leon Rodriguez's Dialogue on HIPAA/HITECH Compliance

“HIPAA is a valve, not a blockage,” stated HHS OCR Director Leon Rodriguez, at the OCR/NIST 6th Annual Conference on Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security....more

Special Edition: Health Law Update - February 28, 2013

In This Issue: - A Baker's Dozen of Significant Changes From the HIPAA/HITECH Rule 1. Business Associates and Subcontractors 2. Breach Notification 3. Covered Entity Organizational Structures 4. Cloud...more

State Fines Hospital For Patient Confidentiality Breach; Requires HIPAA Training For Executives

A California hospital that disclosed a patient’s medical record in response to a California Watch investigative report on the alleged inappropriate billing practices of the hospital’s parent organization was recently cited by...more

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