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Eye on Privacy Newsletter - March 2014

In this issue: - Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Settles California Attorney General Charges over Delayed Data Breach Notification - Status of the EU Regulation and the Safe Harbor Framework - FTC Steps...more

How Much Are You Willing To Pay For Privacy?

How much are you willing to pay for personal privacy? 50% off a McDonald’s hamburger? 20% off groceries? Participation in the $1 Billion NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge?...more

Health Law Insights Newsletter

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline for compliance with the two-midnight rule through September 30, 2014. The rule provides that if an inpatient stay crosses two midnights, the...more

Health Update - Feb 25, 2014

Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health: Strategies for Overcoming Legal Barriers to Health Information Exchange - A growing number of Medicaid officials believe that coordinating care across the physical and...more

Cyber Security: Are You At Risk?

In This Issue: - Prevention - Notification - Potential Litigation - Conclusion - Excerpt from Foreward: As the recent Target and Neiman Marcus data breaches made clear, cyber security is one...more

FTC’s 50th Data Security Settlement Sends a Message: Be Careful with Overseas Contractors

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent a message about the importance of imposing appropriate security measures on—and monitoring—vendors with access to confidential consumer information. The FTC issued a 20-year consent...more

HIPAA Covered Entities Subject to FTC Act Enforcement of Data Security Practices

On January 16, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) unanimously ruled that it has authority to regulate a healthcare provider’s inadequate data security programs in order to protect consumers from business’ failure to...more

Failure To Protect Data May Be an Unfair Business Practice

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced settlement of charges against Accretive Health, Inc. The FTC had alleged that Accretive engaged in an unfair business practice when it failed "to employ reasonable and...more

FTC and Accretive Health Settle Unfair Business Practice Complaint Centered on Data Security Measures

Accretive Health recently agreed to settle a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint that stems from a July, 2011 incident in which an Accretive employee’s laptop was stolen from his car. As a medical billing and revenue...more

Accretive Health Data Breach Leads To Twenty-Year Settlement With The FTC

On December 31, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") announced that Accretive Health, Inc., ("Accretive") agreed to settle charges that the company's inadequate data security measures exposed sensitive consumer...more

Privacy Monday – November 18, 2013

The month of November is quickly slipping by – this is the time to be looking at the 2014 cybersecurity and data privacy goals and updates and planning ahead. Our selected bits and bytes for this Monday...more

The Download - October 2013

In this issue: - Heard On the Hill - House Bipartisan Working Group Considers Privacy Around the Agencies - New TCPA Rules Effective October 16, 2013 - FTC to Hold Workshop on Native Advertising - New HIPAA...more

Beware Of That Leased Photocopier: The PHI You Didn't Know You Had

You might be rejoicing at the thought of returning your old worn down leased photocopier and replacing it with the latest state of the art improvement in photocopier technology. But, little did you know that your old...more

FTC Releases Complaint Alleging LabMD Failed to Protect Consumer Privacy

In August 2013, the Federal Trade Commission filed a petition in federal court to investigate Atlanta based medical testing laboratory LabMD, Inc. on suspicion that the company failed to reasonably protect the security of...more

Interagency Initiative Targets Consumer Fraud in the ACA Exchange Marketplace

Yesterday, the Attorney General, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced an interagency initiative to prevent consumer fraud and...more

Protecting Your Business with Strong Operational Privacy Controls

For decades basic requirements to secure business records have been rooted in various legal silos, from corporate governance to rules of evidence to the discrete privacy rules that govern select technologies. Today, however,...more

FTC Files Complaint Against Lab Over Failed Health Information Security

In a reminder that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), with its HIPAA security requirements and enforcement authority, is not the only game in town when it comes to health information privacy, the...more

FTC Complaint Against Medical Laboratory Signals Agency’s Continued Intent to Assert Authority in Data-Security-Breach Actions

In taking action against medical laboratory LabMD, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission demonstrated its continued intent to assert authority through the Federal Trade Commission Act in data-security-breach actions. On August...more

Privacy: The FTC Takes Action And Warns Private Industry

If you had asked me ten years ago whether privacy would become the focus of government enforcement actions, I would have brushed aside the issue with a cavalier – “No Way!!” In the aftermath of 9/11, there was always a focus...more

Health Care Legal News - August 7, 2013 • Volume 3, Number 2

In This Issue: - IRS ISSUES TRANSITION RELIEF ON THE ONE-YEAR DELAY IN ACA’S INFORMATION REPORTING AND EMPLOYER SHARED RESPONSIBILITY RULES: On July 9, 2013, the IRS issued Notice 2013-45 which provides...more

"Eye on Privacy" Newsletter - May 2013

In this issue: - FTC Issues New Guidance for Disclosures in Online Advertising - European Regulators Opine on "Purpose Limitation" Principle – What Constitutes "Compatible Use" in the Context of Big Data?...more

FTC Approves Order Settling Data Breach Charges

On May 3, the FTC approved a final order settling charges against a California-based cord blood bank firm alleged to have violated the FTC Act by failing to use reasonable and appropriate procedures for handling customers’...more

FTC Obtains Settlement From Cord Blood Bank In Data Theft Action

On February 5, a federal district court in California approved a settlement recently obtained by the FTC, which (i) requires a California-based firm that operates a cord blood bank to establish a comprehensive information...more

Two California Privacy Bills Introduced

California Assemblyman Isadore Hall introduced Assembly Bill 257 which addresses mobile privacy. The bill would codify many of the best practices proposed by the California Attorney General in her report titled “Privacy on...more

Federal Trade Commission Announces Interim Final Red Flags Rule

The Federal Trade Commission’s interim final rule, which clarifies that most service providers are not subject to the Red Flags Rule, takes effect February 11, 2013....more

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