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Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Bipartisan, Bicameral Permanent SGR Fix Introduced... House Budget Committee Advances FY2016 Budget Proposal... National Coverage Determinations Proposed for Removal... HHS Releases Proposed Rules on EHR Incentive...more

Health Alert (Australia) - March 23, 2015

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Reports: New South Wales (NSW). Ministry of Health - Media Releases - 18 March 2015 - NSW says protect against mosquitoes after huge...more

Premera Blue Cross Targeted by Hackers – 11 Million Individuals Compromised

Premera Blue Cross (“Premera”) announced this week that it has been the target of a sophisticated cybersecurity attack in which the information of approximately 11 million individuals has been compromised. This announcement...more

A Look Back: NetDiligence 2014 Cyber Claims Study

The NetDiligence 2014 Cyber Claims Study relies on data voluntarily provided by insurers about amounts paid out on cyber claims occurring from 2011 through 2013. Since the Study only accounts cyber claims reported to larger...more

Lessons Learned from Recent Data Security Breaches, Part Two

Because controlling access is essential to protecting privacy of PHI under HIPAA, the HITECH Security Rule essentially requires that a covered entity control physical and electronic access to the data system by implementing...more

State Legislatures React To Latest Health Data Breaches By Updating State Data Breach Notification Laws And Encryption...

Recent, large-scale breaches of health information have served to highlight the fact that federal agencies have only rarely assessed penalties against companies as a result of these breaches, while many states do not have...more

Blog: Another Large Scale Data Breach Announced by Premera Blue Cross

Premera Blue Cross revealed Tuesday it was hit by a sophisticated cyber attack potentially exposing personal data for approximately 11 million of its members including members, employees and others with whom it does business,...more

State Data Breach Notification Law Updates

State legislatures are not waiting for Congressional action on a national data breach notification standard. Montana — Montana has amended its 10-year old breach notification law (see Mintz Matrix) to expand the...more

Health Care Update - March 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Senate HELP Begins Innovation for Healthier Americans Hearings - 340B Hearing Postponed; Written Testimonies Shed Light on Agenda - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act -...more

Washington Healthcare Update

1. Congress - House - House Republican Working Group Outlines King v. Burwell “Off-Ramp” Plan The House Republican Health Care Working Group has released an outline of policies they would support if the...more

Anthem’s Data Breach Affects Many Non-Anthem Plans: What Employers Need to Know Now

On February 4, 2015, Anthem Inc. (“Anthem”) disclosed that it had been a victim of a sophisticated cyber-attack that compromised the personal health plan data of up to 80 million customers of not only Anthem but also a much...more

MNsure Audit Released

The Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) released its much-anticipated review of MNsure’s first year of operations. MNsure is Minnesota’s online health insurance marketplace that was established in accordance with the...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Attention, Health Insurers: Unique Encryption Requirements in NJ

Setting a new standard for encryption, New Jersey has enacted a new law (P.L. 2014, c. 88, codified at N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 56:8-196 - 56:8-198) effective August 1, 2015, requiring health insurance carriers authorized to issue...more

Cyber Attackers Reach Anthem, Health Care Providers Seen As Vulnerable

Anthem, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, announced last Wednesday that it had been attacked by cyber hackers and that personal information for as many as 80 million individuals had been compromised....more

The Anthem Data Breach: The Fallout and What’s Next

By now (unless you have been under a snow drift), you have likely heard about the apparent intrusion into a database at the nation’s largest health insurer, Anthem, Inc. Rather than reiterate the facts as currently known...more

Honored in the Breach: Employer Action Items for an Insurer Data Breach

This morning, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, one of the largest health insurers in the country, notified its policyholders, members, and business partners that it was recently the target of an external cyber attack that...more

Millions Affected by Hackers’ Attack on Health Insurer Anthem, Inc.

“Anthem was the target of a very sophisticated external cyber attack,” announced Joseph Swedish, Anthem’s President and CEO. Anthem, Inc., formerly known as WellPoint, Inc., is one of the largest health insurance companies in...more

Alert: Five Ways to Reduce Your HIPAA Liability

As of early December 2014, 1,170 security breaches under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) involving 31 million records had been reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...more

New Jersey Imposes New Encryption Standards for PHI

New Jersey recently amended its privacy laws to now require health insurers and care providers that do business in the state to encrypt PHI....more

Time to Get Rid of Those Post-it Notes with All Your Passwords!!!

This month, Governor Chris Christie signed into law a New Jersey bill requiring health insurance carriers (e.g., insurance companies, health service corporations, hospital service corporations, medical service corporations,...more

New Jersey Requires Encryption for Health Insurance Carriers; May Open Door to Class Action Suits over Violations Under State...

Gov. Chris Christie has signed into law S. 562, which, as its title states, “Requires health insurance carriers to encrypt certain information.” Violation of this new law constitutes a facial violation of the New...more

New York Passes Telemedicine Reimbursement Legislation

New York became the 22nd state to sign into law legislation that will require commercial and Medicaid plans to provide coverage of telehealth and telemedicine services. The law, originally intended to take effect on January...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™:

News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every week for the latest health law news stories....more

New York Passes Telehealth Bill

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a Bill late last week, which will take effect as of January 1, expanding telehealth coverage in New York. This law does three things which are on the leading edge of telehealth coverage....more

Texas Adopts Standard Prior Authorization Form

In an effort to reduce the number of different prior authorization forms with which providers must contend, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has adopted a single, standard form for requesting prior authorization of...more

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