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The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Republican Frank White Announces Bid for Florida Attorney General- Republican state Representative Frank White announced his candidacy in the open 2018 race for Florida AG. He is also the general counsel...more

JAMA: Cybersecurity Concerns and Medical Devices – Lessons from a Pacemaker Advisory

Interesting viewpoints from this Journal of the American Medical Association article on FDA’s August 2017 notice re: cyber security issues with certain pacemakers, including:... ...more

Cybersecurity 2018 – The Year in Preview: HIPAA Compliance

Like many things in Washington, the HIPAA landscape in 2018 will be shaped by the shifting priorities of President Trump’s new administration. Early signs point to less funding for the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) within...more

Is it HIPAA or HIPPA? Either way, it still applies.

by Winstead PC on

I have negotiated hundreds of SaaS agreements for dozens of software companies and I always hated when the company on the other side was a healthcare provider. Invariably, they would bring up Protected Health Information...more

ACA’s Nondiscrimination Taglines and Notices Require Updating Your Notice of Privacy Practices

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

There has been confusion as to whether the Affordable Care Act’s nondiscrimination provision (“ACA”) affects a covered entity’s notice of privacy practices (“NPP”) or data breach notifications. OCR has issued guidance...more

Vermont AG Settles with SAManage for $264,000 for Delayed Breach Notification

The Vermont Attorney General (AG) recently announced that it has settled with SAManage USA, a business support services company, for failing to timely notify 660 Vermont residents that their names and Social Security numbers...more

Business Associate Resold Fax Machine Containing PHI

Fax machines are still used in the medical community, and these days, faxing may be more secure than emailing as hackers have not yet cracked the task of hacking into old fax machines. All kidding aside, fax machines have...more

Arkansas Surgery Center Hit with Ransomware

Arkansas Oral & Facial Surgery Center (AOFSC) was recently hit with ransomware that shut down access to health information of its patients and rendered some of it imaging files, including X-rays of patient inaccessible....more

Don’t Forget HIPAA’s “Minimum Necessary” Rule When Making Health Information Disclosures

by Nossaman LLP on

When Covered Entities or Business Associates or their counsel analyze whether a particular disclosure of Protected Health Information (or “PHI,” as defined in HIPAA) is permissible, they should be sure also to analyze whether...more

Health Care E-Note - September 2017

by Burr & Forman on

On June 2, 2017, Anderson, South Carolina-based AnMed Health and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General entered into the largest settlement under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act...more

HIPAA Electronic Certification Rules Withdrawn

Proposed rules issued January 2, 2014 would have required certain health plans (including self-insured health plans) to certify compliance with three of the HIPAA rules relating to electronic transactions. These certification...more

Data Protection: Patient confidentiality in the age of AI

by DLA Piper on

In our previous article, we considered a typical collaboration between a healthcare institution and a developer of an digital diagnostic system using machine learning or some other form of artificial intelligence. The...more

McAfee Report Lists Health Care Sector as Most Targeted Industry for Cyber-Attacks

In its cyber security incident report outlining vulnerabilities for the second quarter of 2017, security firm McAfee lists the health care sector as having suffered the most security incidents, which surpasses the public...more

HIPAA Disclosures During Mass Tragedies

by Burr & Forman on

In light of the recent incident in Las Vegas, the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”), the government entity responsible for HIPAA Compliance, issued clarification guidance on the ability of a health care provider to share...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

McAfee Report Lists Health Care Sector as Most Targeted Industry for Cyber-Attacks - In its cybersecurity incident report outlining vulnerabilities for the second quarter of 2017, security firm McAfee lists the health care...more

[Webinar] - Your Money or Your PHI: HHS "Guidance" on Ransomware - October 10th, 1:00pm CT

In recent years, HIPAA enforcement actions and penalties have increased both in volume and amount. Ransomware is the fastest growing malware threat to businesses that use electronic data. This webinar will provide listeners...more

Digital Diagnosis - AI and machine learning in healthcare

by DLA Piper on

The not too distant future… Janet feels unwell. She consults an app on her phone, which asks an increasingly sophisticated series of diagnostic questions. The app also takes in data from Janet's fitness trackers that...more

Employer-Sponsored Health Plan HIPAA Compliance Checklist

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The administrative simplification provision of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and its implementing regulations (HIPAA) impose obligations on employer-sponsored group health plans. Given recent...more

Working Together: FDA Releases Final Guidance on Interoperability

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 6, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) released its final guidance document, Design Considerations and Pre-Market Submission Recommendations for Interoperable Medical Devices (Final...more

Security Vulnerabilities Identified In Wireless Syringe Infusion Pumps

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a warning that Smiths Medical Medfusion 4000 wireless syringe infusion pumps contain a security vulnerability that can be exploited by hackers to alter the...more

9 Key Takeaways From the 12th Annual Healthcare Provider Conference

by McGuireWoods LLP on

September 26, 2017 Following are nine key takeaways from the 12th Annual Healthcare Provider Conference held in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 12, 2017....more

Healthcare Data Breach Litigation Trends

by Bryan Cave on

Companies that have a breach involving PHI worry not only about fines and penalties imposed by HHS, but about class action lawsuits. The risk that a class action lawsuit will lead to financial liability, however, is often...more

In the Wake of Harvey and Irma, OCR Reminds Providers of HIPAA Rules

As Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean rebuild after the latest string of deadly hurricanes and prepare for the possibility of future storms, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR)...more

Building a Health App? What You Need to Know

Last week, Apple announced the new Apple Watch Series 3 which will feature an enhanced heart rate app. The app will notify you when it detects an elevated heart rate even when you are not working out. The sensor will also be...more

Legal Implications and Initial Takeaways from the Equifax Data Breach

On September 7, Equifax, one of three nationwide credit-reporting agencies that compile and evaluate the financial history of consumers, announced that it suffered a security breach in which sensitive information of...more

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