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Just In Time for the Holidays: More Security Requirements From NIST

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published draft recommendations aimed at securing the confidentiality of sensitive federal information located within non-federal entities’ information technology...more

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

California Health Care Providers Successfully Ward Off Data Breach Lawsuits

In a pair of recent cases, two California health care providers successfully warded off lawsuits arising from unauthorized data breaches of patient files. These cases illustrate that improper disclosure of electronically...more

HHS OIG Announces Information Security Initiatives in 2015 Work Plan

The 2015 Work Plan of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) posted on Friday, October 31, 2014, includes initiatives focused on testing information security controls related to...more

How To Analyze A HIPAA Breach

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) and subsequent regulations have changed several aspects of compliance with HIPAA, including the way covered entities should think about...more

Ebola and infectious disease control: key points for hospitals and health systems

Dr. David Relman, a professor of infectious disease, microbiology and immunology at Stanford University's medical school, was quoted recently saying of the Ebola virus: “As best we can tell right now, it is quite possible...more

Realizing the Potential of Telemedicine in China, Part 2: Data Privacy and Security

The Chinese market presents a tremendous opportunity for U.S. hospitals and providers, as long as the intricacies of data privacy and security issues are thoroughly understood. This includes Chinese regulations regarding...more

Blog: FDA Cybersecurity Workshop for Healthcare

On October 21-22 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security, conducted a public workshop entitled “Collaborative Approaches for...more

eBenefits Alert: Enforcement Delay Announced for HPID Nov. 5 Deadline

On Oct. 31, 2014, the Office of e-Health Standards and Services, which is charged with HIPAA compliance, announced an enforcement delay to the regulations requiring the use of the Health Plan Identifiers (HPIDs) in HIPAA...more

DELAYED! HPID Deadline Is No Longer November 5

This past weekend the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) indefinitely delayed enforcement of the requirement that all self-insured health plans obtain a Health Plan Identifier number (HPID). ...more

Indefinite Delay of Health Plan Identifier Rules

On Halloween, the Department of Health and Human Services announced an indefinite delay in enforcement of the health plan identifier (HPID) rules. As a result, large health plans are no longer required to choose whether to...more

A Halloween "Treat" - CMS Announces Indefinite Delay in Enforcement of Health Plan Identifier (HPID) Requirements, Including the...

The Health Plan Identifier (“HPID”) is a standard, unique health plan identifier required by the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). On September 5, 2012, the Department of Health and Human...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 8: Breaking HPID News

In a surprise move, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an indefinite delay in enforcement of regulations pertaining to “health plan enumeration and use of the Health Plan Identifier (HPID) in HIPAA...more

California Attorney General Releases Data Breach Report with Recommendations for Retailers and the Health Care Sector

On October 28, 2014, the California Attorney General (“AG”) released its second annual report detailing the security breaches reported to the AG’s office in 2013, and provided recommendations to both the industry and...more

CMS Announces Plan for Reporting Returned Sunshine Act Payment Data

On October 30, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced the procedure for applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (“GPOs”) to report payment and ownership information that was...more

California Attorney General Releases Breach Report with Key Findings and Recommendations for Retailers, Financial Institutions and...

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has released a “California Data Breach Report,” which presents a series of findings and recommendations based on a review of breaches reported to the Attorney General’s office in...more

California Attorney General Releases 2014 Data Breach Report and Recommendations, Finding More of the Same.

On October 28, 2014, Attorney General Kamala Harris released the second annual California Data Breach Report. The report detailed the nature and scope of data breach notifications that her office received in 2013. Her office...more

Blog: Federal Advisory Group Considers Patient Data Standards

This week, the Privacy and Security Workgroup within the Health IT Policy Committee was tasked by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) to discuss certain patient data protections. Specifically, they were...more

Deadline Approaching to Secure Health Plan Identifier (“HPID”)

Certain group health plans are required to obtain a 10-digit Health Plan Identifier ("HPID") from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") by November 5, 2014. Currently various users of the health care system...more

FDA Releases Final Cybersecurity Guidance for Medical Devices

Overview and General Principles - On October 2, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) finalized guidance describing the FDA’s position on cybersecurity standards for medical devices. The guidance discusses...more

FDA Flunks Data Security Exam

Last week, the HHS Office of Inspector General released a damning report on FDA’s data security: “The objective of this review was to determine whether the FDA’s network and external Web applications were vulnerable to...more

Government Conference Highlights Need for Protecting Health Information

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently highlighted the importance of protecting health information at the...more

Company Claims “HIPAA Has No Teeth”, Will Start Notifying Affected Individuals of Security Breaches and Vulnerabilities that Have...

A company named SLC Security, LLC (“SLC”), recently announced that it will begin notifying individuals if it believes it has identified a security breach or vulnerability of a company and it has not received a satisfactory...more

FDA Issues Cybersecurity Guidelines - Manufacturers of Medical Devices Encouraged to Develop Cybersecurity Controls

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidelines this month recommending that manufacturers develop a set of cybersecurity controls in the design of medical devices capable of connecting to the Internet, a network, or...more

Medical Devices and Cybersecurity Risks - DHS investigates at-risk devices

On October 2, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its final guidance on cybersecurity for medical device manufacturers, titled “Content of Premarket Submissions for Management of Cybersecurity in Medical...more

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