Rebecca L. Williams

Rebecca L. Williams

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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Latest HIPAA Settlement: Compliance is an Ongoing Process

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued its first settlement under new OCR Director Jocelyn Samuels earlier this month. This latest settlement serves as a reminder that a...more

12/18/2014 - Healthcare Facilities HIPAA OCR Patient Confidentiality Breaches PHI Popular Settlement

Ebola or Not, Patient Privacy Must Be Protected: Office for Civil Rights Issues Bulletin on HIPAA Requirements in Emergency...

In the wake of the recent Ebola cases, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a new bulletin reminding HIPAA-covered entities and their business associates that the...more

11/13/2014 - Data Protection Ebola EHR Healthcare HHS HIPAA OCR PHI

Looming HIPAA Deadline: Update Business Associate Agreements by Monday, September 22, 2014

Business associate agreements that have not already been updated as required by the HIPAA Omnibus Rule should be updated by September 22, 2014. The Omnibus Rule changed and added mandatory language for valid business...more

9/23/2014 - Business Associates Deadlines HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule

$4.8 Million – Largest HIPAA Settlement to Date

On May 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued a press release announcing that two health care organizations—New York and Presbyterian Hospital (“NYP”) and Columbia...more

5/9/2014 - Covered Entities Data Breach Electronic Medical Records HIPAA Hospitals Non-Judicial Settlement Agreements OCR Patient Confidentiality Breaches

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

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

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

One Week to Get Business Associate Agreements Executed Under HIPAA Omnibus Rule’s Grandfather Clause

On Jan. 17, 2013, the long-awaited HIPAA “Omnibus Rule” went on display at the Federal Register, finalizing changes to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification, and Enforcement Rules....more

1/21/2013 - Business Associates Compliance Data Breach Data Protection Enforcement HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule Notice Requirements

HIPAA Omnibus Rule Released

At long last, after much delay and speculation, the HIPAA Omnibus Rule has been placed on display at the Federal Register in preparation for formal publication....more

1/18/2013 - Business Associates Compliance Covered Entities Data Breach Enforcement HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule Marketing Notice Requirements PHI

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