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EU Data Protection Reform – Interview with Susan Foster, Member, Mintz Levin
Jason Maloni on Data Security
Mobile App Series: Privacy by Design
Unique Privacy Concerns for Mobile Apps
Polsinelli Podcast - HIPAA Changes Overview
Ted Hester on Congressional Investigations
Tips for Mobile App Privacy Compliance
Safeguards against Data Security Breaches (Part One)
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The Omnibus Final Rule (the "Omnibus Rule") under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA"), was issued in January, 2013 effective March 26, 2013, but with a general compliance deadline of...more
A recent federal court decision underscores the importance of ADA compliance and medical confidentiality.
In this case, an employer could end up being liable because an employee posted confidential medical information...more
Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Texas recently brought criminal charges under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) against a former East Texas hospital employee. The former...more
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) ushered in broad national standards aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the U.S. health care system. Referred to generically as...more
Former Walmart Exec to Help Manage HHS —
Leslie Dach, former Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Walmart, will assume the role of Senior Counsel of the HHS, according to a press release on Wednesday. ...more
If you sponsor or administer a group health plan, you are almost certainly taking steps to prepare for legal requirements that will become effective on or before January 1, 2015. New rules under HIPAA, the Affordable Care Act...more
Last year, medical identity theft affected nearly two million Americans - 32% more than the year before. This is a staggering number! And considering that today, medical identity theft accounts for 43% of all identity theft...more
With the passing of the March 31st deadline for the initial open-enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “ObamaCare”), the resignation of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and the...more
As covered entities under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), healthcare providers are intimately familiar with the strict privacy and security requirements imposed on them by HIPAA and...more
Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services released an interactive security risk assessment tool intended to assist employers who sponsor self-insured group health plans in complying with their HIPAA security rule...more
When the new HITECH rules came out OCR specifically said, “...uses or disclosures that impermissibly involve more than the minimum necessary information...may qualify as breaches.” But what exactly is the minimum necessary...more
I was speaking this week at IAHIMA’s Annual Conference on the issues relating to HIPAA audits and recent updates from OCR and ONC. As part of my program we typically solicit questions prior to the presentation, most of which...more
Ten Years In: Charting the Progress of Health Information Exchange in the U.S. -
HITECH: Federal Dollars Spur Adoption and Use:
The modern era of HIE-related public policy began in May 2004 with the appointment...more
What is "the cloud," and what on Earth (pun intended) does cloud computing have to do with employment law?
While many definitions abound, cloud computing at its core is a form of remote electronic data storage,...more
Happy New Year from your friends and advisors in Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Usually, the new year comes with reviews of the past. At Bernstein Shur, we look forward to the future with a firm...more
The past year was one of the most eventful in recent memory for healthcare policy. As the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") continued its inexorable, albeit at times wobbly, march towards implementation, the headlines became more...more
Retirement plan fiduciaries should consider the following best practices to improve their plan’s governance in 2014: (i) if fiduciary duties have been delegated, make certain that the delegations are in writing and are being...more
“…HIPAA does not create a duty on the part of employers to protect employees from computer-virus related injuries”
This quote, from the Farr v. St. Francis Hosp. & Health Centers case in the Southern District of Indiana,...more
Employers continue to look for ways to manage the cost of employee health care coverage as they navigate the turbulent waters of healthcare reform, and wellness programs continue to be a popular strategy. However, adoption...more
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New HIPAA privacy rules come into effect September 23 and an Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) notice must be distributed to employees by October 1. In addition, as a result of ACA requirements that become effective January 1,...more
The HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently released several versions of a model Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP) for use by covered entity health plans and health care providers. The notices have been written specifically...more
The final regulations implementing the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act were issued in January and compliance is required by September 23, 2013. The final regulations require covered...more
Don’t look now, but another HIPAA deadline is just around the corner.
As we noted last month, the deadline is looming for employer-sponsored health benefit plans to come into compliance with U.S. Department of Health...more
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