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NTIS Mandates New Requirements to Access the Death Master File

In June, the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) promulgated a final rule setting out the requirements to become certified to access the Death Master File (DMF). The final rule amends the DMF certification program...more

First company in the world to create drone navigation system integrated with insurance

Recently, Singapore-based ALAS Pte Ltd (ALAS) demonstrated its new software system for drone navigation, integrated with insurance for all users, at the Asia Pacific Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Symposium held in...more

UK Insurers Probed for Cyber Risk

The UK's Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has, this month, written to insurance companies in the UK to find out more about how they deal with the threat posed by cyber attacks and what mechanisms they have in place to...more

NAIC Adopts Cybersecurity Regulatory Principles – What’s Important to the Regulators

File this under: A View Into What the Regulators Deem Important. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the standard-setting organization in the U.S. insurance industry created and governed by the chief...more

HHS Settlement: Dumpster-Diving Leads to Settlement for Improper Disposal of Documents Containing Protected Health Information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (HHS) recently announced that it has reached an agreement with a small pharmacy to resolve potential HIPAA violations. The settlement arose from the...more

Up, Up, and Away: Insurance Market for Commercial Drones Set to Take Off

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or Drones) have been in the news increasingly over the past decade. While it began, primarily, with the federal government’s use of Drones through the military and federal law enforcement...more

NAIC Amps Up Cybersecurity Oversight

The NAIC has begun its efforts to amp up state insurance department oversight of cybersecurity practices with the release of two documents for public comment. The first, entitled Principles for Effective Cybersecurity...more

Health Care E-Note - December 2012

In This Issue: - Health Care Data Breaches Becoming Major Concern - Hospitals, Doctors Giving Patients Access Through Web Portals - Number of Concierge Doctors Increases 30 Percent in 2012 - Hospitals Battle for...more

Clock Running on Comment Period for Meaningful Use Stage 3 Measures

On Nov. 16, 2012, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a request for comment regarding Stage 3 meaningful use measures, taking a step forward in the ongoing effort to define...more

HHS Data-Scrubbing Guidance Backs Strict Privacy Definitions By Allison Grande

Originally published in Law360 on November 29, 2012 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently affirmed the validity of the current methods for scrubbing patient records of identifying data under...more

2012 Privacy and Security Year in Review

In 2012, there has been a continuation of the trend toward heightened regulation and enforcement of the privacy and security requirements under the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA") and under...more

HHS OIG Identifies Shortcomings in CMS’s Response to Data Breaches and Medical Identity Theft

Yesterday the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) released the results of a study entitled CMS Response to Breaches and Medical Identity Theft. OIG had two objectives for commencing...more

Employment Law Update: Healthcare; 401(k) Plan Fee Disclosures and Fiduciary Responsibilities; & Other Recent Changes

In This Presentation: - Healthcare - 401(k) Plan Fee Disclosures and Fiduciary Responsibilities - Fair Labor Standards Act - Data Privacy Issues Please see full presentation below for more...more

Docs Face Tricky Task In Patient Access E-Records Goals

Originally published in Law360, New York on August 27, 2012. A federal push to give patients online access to their own medical records and their doctors will bring the health care industry a step closer to more...more

Multi-Million Medicare Fraud and HIPAA Conviction: A Cautionary Tale

The owner of a Long Island medical supply company was convicted last week on charges of a $10.7 million Medicare fraud and wrongful disclosure of private medical information under the Health Insurance Portability and...more

HHS Publishes Roadmap for HIPAA Audits .

One of the less well-known provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (or "HITECH") Act[1] is the requirement that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") periodically...more

Minnesota Attorney General Reaches First Settlement With Business Associate Under HITECH Act

On July 30, 2012, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson announced a settlement agreement with Accretive Health (Accretive) resolving a lawsuit filed against Accretive in January 2012. The settlement requires Accretive to...more

Health Law Alert: Medicaid Pays $1,700,000 to Settle HIPAA Security Violations

In its first enforcement action against a state agency, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) settled last month with Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) for...more

DOL Auditing Healthcare Plans for ACA Compliance

In the short time following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) Los Angeles Regional Office has been busy...more

OCR Releases Protocol for HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Audits

On June 26, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) posted on its website the protocol it developed to serve as a guideline for the recently-implemented Health Insurance...more

Alaska Medicaid and OCR Reach Seven-Figure Settlement Over Stolen Device; What HIPAA Covered Entities Can Learn

The recent Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforcement action against Alaska’s Medicaid program provides insight into OCR’s enforcement approach and timely reminders for covered entities hoping to avoid a similar fate. In the...more

OMB Extends Review Period for HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Rule

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced on Friday, June 22, 2012, that it has extended the review period for the highly-anticipated omnibus rule intended to update key definitions and enforcement provisions...more

OCR Shares Preliminary HITECH Audit Results; What Regulated Entities Can Expect Next

Last week at the OCR/NIST conference, Building Assurance through HIPAA Security, Linda Sanches of the Office for Civil Rights provided an extensive update on the pilot HITECH audit program, including preliminary findings, ...more

Auto Manufacturer and Insurer See In-Car Connectivity Systems as Win-Win in the Fight for Market Share - How Far Will Regulators...

In surely a sign of things to come, Ford Motor Company and State Farm announced on May 30, 2012, that they have partnered to offer auto insurance savings. The program allows State Farm customers with select Ford vehicles that...more

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