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OCR Begins HIPAA Phase 2 Audits

What covered entities and business associates can do to prepare for the next round of audits. On July 11, the HIPAA Phase 2 audits commenced when 167 covered entities received notice of a desk audit from the Department...more

7/19/2016 - Breach Notification Rule Business Associates Covered Entities Data Breach HHS HIPAA HIPAA Audits HITECH OCR PHI Security Risk Assessments

OCR Launches Phase 2 of HIPAA Audits

Five suggested steps healthcare organizations and their contractors should take to prepare. On March 21, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services launched Phase 2 of the HIPAA Audit...more

3/25/2016 - Business Associates Covered Entities Data Breach HHS HIPAA HIPAA Audits HITECH OCR PHI

Health Apps and HIPAA: OCR Publishes New Guidance For Health App Developers

OCR’s guidance presents hypothetical scenarios and key questions to help app developers determine when they are subject to HIPAA regulations. On February 11, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil...more

3/2/2016 - App Developers Data Collection HHS HIPAA mHealth Mobile Health Apps OCR

Preparing for Phase 2 HIPAA Audits: It’s All About the Documentation

The launch of Phase 2 HIPAA audits is imminent. Although any individual hospital has only a small chance of getting audited, preparation helps protect a hospital if it is ever investigated for potential HIPAA violations. In...more

2/17/2015 - Audits HIPAA Hospitals OCR

HHS Releases HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Final Rule

Rule finalizes many provisions of the proposed rule, imposing new privacy and security obligations directly on business associates and modifying the definition of "breach" and the required factors to be considered in a risk...more

1/21/2013 - Business Associates Data Breach Data Protection GINA HHS HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule HITECH Notice Requirements OCR PHI Risk Assessment

OCR Reaches $50,000 Settlement with Hospice for Small Data Breach

Enforcement action sends a strong message to the healthcare industry and reaffirms the need for security risk analysis and mobile-device security policies and procedures....more

1/8/2013 - Data Breach Data Protection Electronic Medical Records HIPAA HITECH HONI Mobile Devices OCR PHI Settlement

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