Shannon Hartsfield Salimone

Shannon Hartsfield Salimone

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Recent HHS Settlement Highlights Importance of Updating HIPAA Compliance Programs

On December 8, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a resolution agreement with Anchorage Community Mental Health Services, Inc. (ACMHS). The agreement, which...more

12/11/2014 - Business Associates Corporate Counsel Covered Entities OCR Patient Confidentiality Breaches PHI Popular Sanctions

Recent 11th Circuit Cases Provide Important HIPAA Guidance - Healthcare Providers Should Be Proactive by Reviewing Their HIPAA...

On Oct. 10, 2014, the 11th Circuit opinion in Murphy v. Dulay provides significant guidance regarding HIPAA authorization forms. One of the most important provisions of the opinion focuses on the fact that HIPAA...more

10/15/2014 - Compliance EHR Healthcare Healthcare Reform HIPAA PHI

HIPAA Business Associate Agreements - 7 Things to Know Before the HITECH Deadline

Covered entities and business associates have only until September 22, 2014 to update business associate agreements that were in place as of January 25, 2013. For those members of the health industry and their vendors that...more

9/11/2014 - Business Associates Compliance Covered Entities Deadlines HIPAA HITECH Popular

New OIG Special Fraud Alert Focuses on Suspect Practices of Labs and Referring Physicians - Certain Payment Arrangements May Be a...

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a new Special Fraud Alert on June 25, 2014, that focuses on certain compensation arrangements between laboratories and referring...more

7/11/2014 - Anti-Kickback Statute CMS Fraud HHS Kickbacks Medicaid Medicare OIG

Florida Governor Signs Expanded Data Breach Bill Into Law

On June 20, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014. Passed by the legislature as CS/CS/SB 1524, its provisions are now law, and will be codified at Chapter 2014-189, Laws of Florida,...more

6/24/2014 - Data Breach New Legislation Privacy Laws

The New "Meaningful Use" Landscape: A Transition from Incentives to Penalties - CMS Begins Enforcing Penalties for Failure to...

Starting in 2015, eligible physicians and hospitals participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Records Incentive Program who do not adopt "meaningful" use" certified electronic health record (EHR) technology will no...more

6/20/2014 - CMS Data Protection EHR Healthcare HIPAA HITECH Meaningful Use PHI

Florida Legislature Passes Stringent New Data Breach Law

On April 30, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 1524, otherwise known as the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014. If signed by the governor, starting July 1, this bill will impose stringent new requirements on...more

5/2/2014 - Covered Entities Data Breach Data Protection HIPAA New Regulations Personally Identifiable Information

Free HIPAA Help

Health care providers, health plans, business associates, and other entities affected by the federal HIPAA privacy and security regulations are quickly running out of excuses for not having a robust HIPAA compliance program...more

4/15/2014 - Business Associates Compliance Covered Entities Healthcare HHS HIPAA OCR Qualified Health Plans

New Ponemon Study on Patient Privacy & Data Security Released

The Ponemon Institute’s Fourth Annual Study on Patient Privacy & Data Security, dated March of 2014 and sponsored by ID Experts, is now available. The study, involving a sample of 91 organizations, contains both good news and...more

3/14/2014 - Data Breach Data Protection EHR PHI

Days Before Enforcement Date OCR Issues New Guidance

Just days before the September 23, 2013 enforcement date for the new HITECH Act Omnibus rules, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights has published several new guidance tools and documents. On...more

9/20/2013 - Deadlines Enforcement HHS HIPAA Omnibus Rule HITECH Marketplace Notice Notice of Privacy Practices OCR

HIPAA Happenings — The New HITECH Act Megarule

Way back on February 17, 2009, Congress passed a stimulus bill that contained provisions referred to as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health ("HITECH") Act. The HITECH Act was geared toward...more

2/1/2013 - Business Associates Covered Entities Data Protection Decedent Protection Fundraisers GINA HHS HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule HITECH Marketing Notice Requirements OCR PHI

FDA Holds Public Meeting in Effort to Better Regulate Pharmaceutical Compounding

On December 19, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public meeting, broadcast live on the Internet, to discuss the respective roles of the federal and state governments in regulating pharmacy compounding....more

12/27/2012 - Drug Compounding FDA Pharmacies

Are Pharmaceutical Wholesalers Making The Compliance Grade?

Pharmaceutical wholesalers typically focus on getting drugs from Point A to Point B in a secure and efficient manner. Reputable wholesalers have detailed policies and procedures relating to recordkeeping, pedigrees, drug...more

10/16/2012 - Compliance Pharmaceutical

Drug Wholesaling In Florida—The Top Five Myths

Florida boasts the most stringent pharmaceutical distribution regulations in the United States. When they do business in Florida, some of the most sophisticated drug companies in the world discover the hard way that their...more

9/7/2012 - Drug Wholesaling Pharmaceutical Pharmaceutical Distribution

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