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The EEOC And Wellness Programs: The Other Shoe Drops! (But It's Not That Bad)

Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a proposed rule on employer wellness programs and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The GINA proposal accompanies a proposed rule on employer wellness...more

OCR HIPAA Phase 2 Audits Coming Soon. Be Prepared.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced that the agency expects to begin Phase 2 Audits in early 2016. OCR intends to conduct desk audits and on-site audits of covered...more

Health Update - November 2015

Best Practices for Using Social Media in Healthcare: Maximizing Impact, Mitigating Risk - Editor's note: In a generation more likely to seek health information online than see a doctor, social media is playing an...more

Increased risk of ‘Medjacking’ calls for better security measures on medical devices

Did you know that right now we have about 5 billion connected smart devices in use? Is it surprising that it is predicted that by 2020 that number will skyrocket to 25 billion? Of all these connected devices, a significant...more

Health Care E-Note - November 2015

With medical device related acquisitions at all-time highs, and regulatory interest intense from the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Office of...more

Lab tech indicted for identity theft

A lab tech working at a Las Vegas pediatric cardiology practice has been indicted on one count of illegal use and disclosure of patient health information and one count of aggravated identity theft. The lab tech had...more

PSQIA held to preempt florida constitutional right to access adverse medical incident reports

On October 28, 2015, the District Court of Appeal in the First District of Florida held in Southern Baptist Hospital, Inc. v. Jean Charles, Jr. et al. that the federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005...more

Massachusetts develops a remote controlled contraceptive chip

Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the remote controlled contraceptive computer chip. Releasing measured doses of the levonorgestrel hormone, these computer chips can be implanted under a woman’s skin as a new form of birth...more

New HIPAA Audit Program Expected in 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a report reviewing the HIPAA audit program that is administered by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The OCR is responsible...more

Medical Devices a Target for Online Hackers

In the past few years, medical devices have become a major target for online criminals. Not only are medical devices considered to be one of the easiest and most vulnerable points of entry into a health care enterprise, they...more

OCR Expected to Strengthen HIPAA Enforcement in 2016

Two recent reports issued by the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recommended that HHS’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) should fully implement a permanent audit...more

FTC Theory of Unrealized Consumer Injury Rejected in LabMD Data Security Case

In what could be a major setback for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the data security arena, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) has ruled that an unfairness claim brought by the FTC under Section 5 of the FTC Act...more

Blog: White House Publishes Precision Medicine Initiative Privacy Guidelines

On Monday, the White House released its Privacy and Trust Principles (the “Principles”) for the Precision Medicine Initiative (“PMI”). PMI is a federal initiative announced in the 2015 State of the Union to support research,...more

Blog: Hospital and Vendor Reach Agreement to Settle Alleged HIPAA Violations with Connecticut AG

Last week, the Connecticut Attorney General (the “Connecticut AG”) announced that Hartford Hospital and its subcontractor, EMC Corporation (“EMC”), agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and...more

The 37th International Conference of Data Protection & Privacy Commissioners – Some Observations

The annual conference of the world’s data protection regulators is a three day exercise, with half of the conference being “closed door” for the regulators only, and the other half being a series of side meetings and...more

Potential Data Breach Could Affect Over 1,000 Medicaid Patients

The confidential health information of 1,615 Medicaid patients may have been compromised by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) on August 19, 2015, though the fact that this potential breach...more

CT AG slams Hartford Hospital and EMC for loss of laptop

True to his word, the Connecticut AG has aggressively entered the data privacy and security enforcement arena with a $90,000 settlement with Hartford Hospital and EMC. The AG has agreed to a payment of $90,000 from...more

Privacy Tip #9: Destroying prescription information

Have you ever noticed how much of your personal information is included on a prescription bottle and its packaging? Take a look next time you pick up a prescription at the pharmacy. The outer packaging may include your name,...more

HHS OIG FY 2016 Work Plan Outlines Oversight Priorities

The HHS OIG has released its FY 2016 Work Plan, which outlines the top audit, evaluation, and other legal and investigative initiatives that the OIG intends to conduct this fiscal year. As in years past, Medicare and Medicaid...more

HHS Office of Inspector General Calls for Increased Oversight and Enforcement of HIPAA

On September 29, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Office of Evaluation and Inspections, released two studies calling on the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to...more

OIG Emphasizes Proactive Enforcement of Privacy Rule and Monitoring of Repeat Offenders

The Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) recently released Privacy Standards report assessed the Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) oversight of covered entities’ compliance with the Privacy Rule as well as the extent to which...more

DWT Releases Latest Health Care Breach Charts

Safeguarding patient information is at the core of responsibilities for health care entities under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). But safeguarding patient information isn’t just a regulatory...more

What is the TCPA and Why is it of Concern to Long Term Care Facilities?

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was enacted in 1991 to protect consumers, especially cell phone consumers, from unwanted robocalls and texts. The Act applies to virtually any company that utilizes auto-dialing...more

OIG Emphasizes Proactive Enforcement of Privacy Rule and Monitoring of Repeat Offenders

The Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) recently released Privacy Standards report assessed the Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) oversight of covered entities’ compliance with the Privacy Rule as well as the extent to which...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Rep. Brady (R-TX) Named Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee... Co-op Closures Subject of Two Hearings and More Letters... Drug Prices Subject of Investigations in Senate, House Dems Launch Task Force on...more

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