Rebecca L. Williams

Rebecca L. Williams

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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New HIPAA Reports to Congress Shed Light on OCR Enforcement

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued two reports to Congress, as required by the HITECH Act. The compliance report details OCR’s enforcement activities for 2011 and 2012 and...more

7/7/2014 - Data Protection Enforcement Enforcement Actions Healthcare HHS HITECH OCR

Confidentiality of Substance Abuse Treatment Information: HHS Considers Changes to the Part 2 Regulations and Requests Comment

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is considering significant changes to the “Part 2” regulations (the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse...more

6/23/2014 - ACOs Consent Healthcare Healthcare Reform HHS New Regulations Patient Privacy Rights SAMHSA

OCR Releases Information on What Phase 2 HIPAA Audits Will Look Like

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently presented information about the new look of its Phase 2 audit program. The new audits will look little like the old ones, with OCR conducting the audits itself and focusing on...more

4/14/2014 - Audits Data Protection EHR HHS HIPAA OCR PHI

Future OCR Audits Have Little in Common With Previous Round—Here’s How to Prepare

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently presented information about the new look of its Phase 2 audit program. The new audits will look little like the old ones, with OCR conducting the audits itself and focusing on...more

4/11/2014 - Audits Covered Entities HHS OCR Security Risk Assessments

HIPAA and Mental Health Information: HHS Issues HIPAA Guidance Addressing Mental Health Information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recently issued new guidance clarifying how the HIPAA Privacy Rule strikes the balance of protecting individuals’ privacy of mental health information and communicating...more

2/28/2014 - Healthcare HHS HIPAA Mental Health Mental Health Parity Rule Mental Illness

It’s Not Enough to Notify: Don’t Forget the Policies, Risk Analyses, and Training

HIPAA compliance ended with a bang in 2013, with the feds issuing the first settlement involving a health provider’s failure to have breach notification policies and procedures in place. On Dec. 24, 2013, the Department of...more

1/8/2014 - Compliance HHS HIPAA OCR Security Rule Training

The Long Sunset: EHR Donations May Continue Until 2021 (With a Few Changes)

Under long-awaited final rules recently published by the federal government, hospitals and other “protected donors” may continue to “donate” interoperable electronic health record items and services without incurring...more

12/31/2013 - Anti-Kickback Statute CMS EHR Electronic Medical Records HHS Hospitals Stark Law

HHS Delays Require Changes to Notice of Privacy Practices for Certain Clinical Laboratories

Last week the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced that it has postponed the Sept. 23, 2013, HIPAA Omnibus Rule deadline for many clinical laboratories to revise their notices of privacy practices...more

9/26/2013 - Clinical Laboratories HHS HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule Notice of Privacy Practices

Deadline Approaches for Reporting 2012 Small Breaches

HIPAA covered entities have through Friday, March 1, 2013, to report small breaches of unsecured protected health information that occurred in calendar year 2012 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). A...more

2/26/2013 - Data Breach HHS HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule Notice Requirements

New Omnibus Rule Released: HIPAA Puts on More Weight

On Jan. 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the long-awaited “Omnibus Rule,” which amends the administrative simplification provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability...more

1/24/2013 - Business Associates Covered Entities Data Breach Data Protection Enforcement GINA HHS HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule HITECH Marketing PHI Privacy Policy

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