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HIPAA Enforcement Actions by the Numbers

Protecting patient information is a central duty for both covered entities and business associates under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Should a HIPAA-subject entity ever fail to protect...more

Nebraska and Illinois Update Breach Notice Requirements

The data breach notification laws for Nebraska and Illinois have been updated to expand the definition of “personal information” to include usernames and email addresses in combination with a password or security question...more

Charges for Medical Records: Are You Compliant with HIPAA?

Through a series of releases in the first half of 2016, HHS Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued guidance on the individual right of access to protected health information (“PHI”) provided under HIPAA. One topic with...more

HIPAA Enforcement on the Rise

After a number of years of little HIPAA enforcement activity, the tides appear to be turning. From September 2015 through April 2016, HIPAA settlements have averaged more than one a month. The dollar amounts involved are...more

[Webinar] Cloud licensing and health care data: Know the risks, learn the solutions - July 13th, 12:00pm CT

As identity theft and malicious attacks against clinical providers increase, more and more health care data is stored in the digital cloud. The health care industry is required to take special precautions when licensing...more

Illinois data breach law amended and includes new twists

Governor Bruce Rauner signed several new provisions into law amending Illinois’ Personal Information Privacy Act, including health insurance and medical information into the definition of personal information that triggers...more

OCR Warns of HIPAA Risks in Third-Party Apps

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued a warning regarding vulnerabilities in third-party applications used by entities covered by HIPAA. The OCR warning applies...more

OCR Releases Video Guidance on Provision of Medical Records

The summer movie season is now officially in full swing, with the release of three informational videos regarding HIPAA and the right of individuals to access their medical records, published by the Office of Civil Rights of...more

Practice Fusion and FTC Settle Complaint Over Deceptive Statements About the Privacy of Consumer-Generated Online Content

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced (press release) that Practice Fusion, the largest cloud-based electronic health company in the United States, has agreed to settle FTC charges over deceptive practices...more

Cybersecurity News & Notes – June 2016 #3

In Case You Missed It: Illinois strengthened its data privacy and security law, with the amendments going into effect in January 2017. The amendments include expanding the definition of “personal information” to include a...more

Data Security Safeguards Can Help Healthcare Employers Withstand Cyberattacks—and Government Audits

The last couple of years have brought a steady rain of bad news for the healthcare industry when it comes to data security: Insurers faced with massive data breaches affecting thousands of health plans and millions of...more

Health Care E-Note - June 2016

In an effort to review and examine compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and its implementing regulations ("HIPAA"), the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil...more

HHS Issues HIPAA Guidance for Mobile Health Apps

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued guidance to help mobile application developers analyze whether the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) may apply to them....more

Data Security Plays a Key Role in the Adoption and Success of Precision Medicine

The White House recently released a guidance document for those in the precision medicine community to help ensure that participants’ data and resources remain secure. The document, titled “Precision Medicine Initiative:...more

HHS guidance seeks to clarify scope of PSQIA

On May 24, 2016, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) issued guidance (Guidance) to health care providers and patient safety organizations (PSOs) in an attempt to clarify the definition of patient safety work...more

Courts Continue to Grapple with Data Breach Claims

Our last few blogs have focused on litigation under the Video Privacy Protection Act, including the recent ruling from the 10th Circuit in Yershov v. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 7791 (1st...more

Illinois Joins the Fray: Strengthens its Laws Around Data Breach Notification and Data Security

Sophisticated phishing scams and muscular hacking efforts continue to compromise personal and sensitive information held by insurers, hospital systems, and businesses large and small. In response, many states have...more

Insurer Held to Have Duty to Defend Allegations that Patients’ Medical Records Were Accessible Via Google Search

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that an insurer had a duty to defend an insured against class action allegations that the insured posted confidential medical records on the Internet. Two patients at Glen...more

Privacy Tip #38 – Genetic Privacy and the Use of Genomic Information

Genetic information is basically one’s DNA sequence, which includes health information and genetic information about the individual and their family. It is at the core of one’s individual privacy, as well as providing...more

Chiropractic Clinic Hit with Malware

Complete Chiropractic & Bodywork Therapies, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, recently notified 4,082 patients that its server, which contained the electronic medical record and billing information of patients, was infected...more

European General Data Protection Regulation to Apply from May 2018

In Depth - On 4 May 2016, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (L 119/1). It will apply from 25 May 2018, at which point it replaces the current legal...more

OCR Clarifies “Reasonable, Cost-Based” Fee Calculations for Access to Medical Records

By couching its position in an individual’s right to access protected health information (PHI), beginning on January 7, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance to...more

Responding to ransomware attacks: A guide for health care providers

As if data privacy and HIPAA concerns were not enough for health care entities to fret over, enter another data threat that has already caught many health care systems off guard – ransomware attacks....more

EMR company settles with FTC for posting physician surveys that contained health information on its website

Cloud-based electronic medical record (EMR) company Practice Fusion has agreed to settle an enforcement action with the FTC that alleges that it misled consumers when it solicited reviews of their doctors. The FTC alleges...more

Medical Records of NFL Players Taken in Theft of Unencrypted Laptop

A Washington Redskins trainers’ unencrypted laptop was located in a backpack that was stolen on April 15th. Unfortunately, the laptop contained medical exam results for NFL Combine attendees since 2004, which is estimated to...more

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