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Birmingham Medical News: Are You Ready for the Upcoming HIPAA Compliance Audits?

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights ("OCR") announced its plan for a number of audits regarding compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of...more

Court Allows Counterclaim Against Whistleblower for Breach of Employment Agreement

A federal court in New Jersey has permitted a defendant in a False Claims case to defend itself on the grounds that the whistleblower/ex-employees breached their employment agreements by using and disclosing confidential...more

OCR Issues Guidance on HIPAA and Same-Sex Marriage

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) released guidance last Wednesday to help covered entities and business associates understand the privacy implications of the 2013...more

Privacy Tuesday – September 2014

Happy autumnal equinox Home Depot Breach – By the Numbers: - 56 million cards at risk (compare to Target = 40 million) - $62 million in estimated costs (compare to Target =$146 million and...more

Business Associate Agreement September 22 Deadline; Same Sex Marriage Guidance Released

There are two important updates with respect to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). First, on September 17, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance to...more

Health Alert (Australia) - 28 October 2013

In This Issue: - Judgments - Legislation - Reports - Excerpt from Judgments: Commonwealth - 23 October 2013 - Maiocchi v Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists [2013] FCA...more

Health Alert (Australia) - 5 August 2013

In This Issue: - Cases - Legislation - Reports - Except from Cases: Australia. Family Court - Re: Jamie [2013] FamCAFC 110 - The child concerned, "Jamie", was born male but later...more

Breast Cancer Patents Research - Myriad Genetics in US | Trastuzumab in India | Angelina Jolie's Mastectomy

Breast Cancer – Patents Introduction: Breast cancer is a malignancy that effects women across the world and is most prevalent among various types of cancers. Patents are jurisdiction specific exclusive rights that are...more

OCR Wants Feedback From Audited Covered Entities

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is preparing to conduct an online survey of the 115 covered entities it audited in 2012 as part of the HITECH-mandated, pilot audit program. OCR hopes to use the survey results to evaluate...more

A Detailed Analysis of Changes to HIPAA and the Implications for Healthcare Providers and Others in the Healthcare Industry: GINA

Background: GINA prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s genetic information in both the employment and health coverage contexts. In 2009, HHS published a notice of proposed rulemaking to strengthen the privacy...more

HIPAA Omnibus Regulations: Protections for Genetic Information

Today’s post focuses on the treatment of genetic information under the new regulations for the Privacy and Security Rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Ogletree Deakins has...more

Be Prepared: Redline Version of the HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule

The final rule is significant for any organization that is considered to be a HIPAA covered entity (“CE”) (health systems, health care providers, health plans, etc.) or the more broadly defined business associate (“BA”)....more

OCR Releases De-Identification Guidance

The HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently released guidance intended to assist covered entities in understanding what de-identification is, the general process by which de-identified information can be created, and the...more

OCR Issues Guidance on Methods for De-Identification of PHI Under HIPAA

On November 26th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance on the methods that covered entities and business associates can use to de-identify protected health...more

OCR publishes guidance on two methods for de-identifying protected health information

On November 26, 2012, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published guidance (the "Guidance") on the two approved methods for de-identifying protected health information (PHI) to satisfy the HIPAA Privacy Rule's...more

Guidance Regarding Methods for De-identification of Protected Health Information in Accordance with the Health Insurance...

The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights released its long-awaited guidance regarding the de-identification of protected health information in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and...more

Palo Alto Boy Returns To School After DNA Flap

A Palo Alto 6th grade boy was allowed to return to his middle school after his family convinced the school officials that they did not need to worry about his genes....more

Boy In School Flap Over Cystic Fibrosis

A Palo Alto middle school ordered an 11 year old boy to move to another middle school 3 miles away because it believed that his genetic makeup was a health risk to some of its other students....more

ACLU Petitions Supreme Court to Review Gene Patenting Case

The ACLU and PUBPAT issued a press release today announcing that they are petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to review the U.S. Federal Circuit’s decision upholding the patent-eligibility of isolated DNA. The release...more

Governing the Code of Life

What if the story of your life was written at birth- a “future diary” available for someone to read? The decoding of the human genome over a decade ago held the promise of defying our genetic destiny, but it also foreshadowed...more

EPIC Calls for Genetic Privacy Protections

EPIC submitted comments to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, urging the advisory panel to protect genetic privacy in large-scale human genome sequence data. The Commission requested comments...more

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: Any employer with 15 or more employees that obtain genetic information (including family history) about an employee. Why should I keep reading – I don’t use genetic...more

OCR’s Proposed Revisions to Accounting for Disclosures Standard Produces Strong Opposition from Many Covered Entities

Introduction The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is reviewing comments submitted by interested parties to OCR’s proposed rule (Proposed Rule) to implement a...more

HIPAA Audits Are Coming: Are You Prepared?

In recent months, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) have revved up their efforts in enforcing the Privacy and Security Rules under the Health Insurance Portability and...more

Health Headlines - July 11, 2011

In This Issue: - CMS Issues Proposed CY 2012 Physician Fee Schedule and Outpatient Prospective Payment System - CMS Proposes 3.35% Rate Decrease For Home Health Payments in 2012 and Medicaid Requirement of...more

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