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Privacy Tuesday - January 2015

Good Tuesday – The East Coast prepares for Apocalypse (Sn)ow. In the meantime, here are three privacy-related tidbits for your day. Privacy Concerns Cause Scale Back of Release of HealthCare.gov Data - We...more

State Of The Union “Sneak Peek” Highlights Administration Cybersecurity Initiatives

As part of a series of “sneak peeks” announced in advance of the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20th, President Obama made remarks last week before the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Homeland...more

Alert: Five Ways to Reduce Your HIPAA Liability

As of early December 2014, 1,170 security breaches under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) involving 31 million records had been reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...more

New Jersey Imposes New Encryption Standards for PHI

New Jersey recently amended its privacy laws to now require health insurers and care providers that do business in the state to encrypt PHI....more

HIPAA Violation — Pharmacy Held Liable for Employee’s Misdeeds

Recently, the Indiana Court of Appeals let stand a $1.4 million jury verdict against a national pharmacy chain for its employee pharmacist’s unauthorized disclosure of a customer’s confidential medical records.  Given the...more

Time to Get Rid of Those Post-it Notes with All Your Passwords!!!

This month, Governor Chris Christie signed into law a New Jersey bill requiring health insurance carriers (e.g., insurance companies, health service corporations, hospital service corporations, medical service corporations,...more

Are Non-Disparagement Clauses a Good Idea?

Creatively, some physicians have been turning to non-disparagement clauses within confidentiality agreements as a way to prevent patients and potential patients from posting negative online reviews....more

Ensuring Data Protection In The Implementation Of The EFPIA Disclosure Code: Key Challenges And How Pharmaceutical Companies Are...

The EFPIA Disclosure Code will, from 2016, require pharmaceutical companies to disclose details of payments and transfers of value made to healthcare professionals and healthcare organisations. The Code aims to promote,...more

New York Attorney General Announces Proposal to Revamp State Data Security Laws

On January 15, 2015, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman indicated that he plans to propose legislation to update New York’s information security laws, including by revising the definition of “private information”...more

New Jersey Requires Encryption for Health Insurance Carriers; May Open Door to Class Action Suits over Violations Under State...

Gov. Chris Christie has signed into law S. 562, which, as its title states, “Requires health insurance carriers to encrypt certain information.” Violation of this new law constitutes a facial violation of the New...more

Blog: Next Round of HIPAA Audits to Begin “Expeditiously”

During a media roundtable held this week, the Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Jocelyn Samuels provided additional information regarding the long awaited next round...more

Blog: 23andMe Advances Its Goal of Creating Commercialized Database from Consumer Genetic Testing

On January 12, 23andMe announced an agreement with Pfizer to provide the drug company with access to anonymous, aggregated information from consumers who bought 23andMe’s test over the past seven years to learn about their...more

In with the New: 2015 Privacy, Advertising and Digital Media Predictions – Part III

Part III of our 2015 predictions series comes from Of Digital Interest editor and McDermott partner, Heather Sussman, who predicts that states will be active with privacy and data security legislation during 2015....more

Looking Ahead in 2015: Obama Announces Push for Privacy Legislation in Final Term

President Obama provided a preview of his State of the Union address next week which will propose comprehensive data privacy legislation, including a nationwide data-breach notification law, a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights,...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™:

News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every week for the latest health law news stories....more

OHCQ Mandates Submission of Policies on Resident Access to Medical Records

Maryland nursing homes must submit their policies and procedures for resident access to and requests for medical records to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) by...more

Cybersecurity Resolutions for the New Year

In this presentation: - Why cybersecurity matters - Recently-implemented cybersecurity rules and laws - Rapid reporting of cyber incidents and additional cybersecurity measures coming soon -...more

Blog: Obama Advocates Federal Breach Reporting Law

On January 12, 2015, President Obama delivered a speech at the Federal Trade Commission during which he set forth several proposals, including the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act (the “Act”). ...more

HIPAA Compliance: Are You Prepared for the 2015 HITECH Act Audits?

In 2015, the United States Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will begin enforcing the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health...more

HIPAA: Deadlines Pass and Definitions Change

For all covered entities and business associates, September 22 was the last day for business associate agreements (BAAs) to comply with the Omnibus HIPAA Rule (the Rule) released in January 2013. Before the Rule’s release,...more

Protections Governing Theft and Publication of Medical Records

As instances of medical data breaches increase, U.S. courts are interpreting the scope of liability stemming from them. In California, the court in Sutter Health et al. v. The Superior Court of Sacramento County (Atkins) held...more

IT Maintenance Crucial for HIPAA Compliance

The Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced an agreement with a medical center to settle charges stemming from the center’s failure to prevent malware from infecting its...more

A Quick Look at Healthcare Issues Expected to Make News in 2015

As we look into our crystal balls, we do not expect a lot of new issues in 2015. Rather, we believe that most of the significant issues will be a continuation of issues that arose in 2014 or earlier. ...more

In with the New: 2014 Privacy, Advertising and Digital Media Predictions – Part I

What privacy, advertising and digital media trends will make headlines in 2015? Digital Health for one, Big Data for another....more

Actual Compliance with HIPAA is a Must

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (HHS-OCR), has recently entered into another HIPAA settlement, emphasizing yet again the government’s focus on the HIPAA Security Rule. The settlement...more

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