Everyone old enough to remember will recall Y2K – the year our world was supposed to end in a catastrophic transition from December 31, 1999 to January 1, 2000. Instead, since we are still here, we all recall what happened –...more
Hospitals and health care providers must often look to third party vendors offering cloud computing solutions, but are these companies well-prepared to meet the HIPPA/HITECH Act privacy and security requirements as well as...more
Nearly one year after a Massachusetts provider paid $1.5 million to settle potential HIPAA violations for the theft of an unencrypted laptop containing protected health information (PHI), providers are reminded once again of...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
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida found on June 20, 2013 that defendant Community Health Systems, Inc., and its affiliated hospital, Salem Hospital (collectively, “CHS”) properly terminated a...more
As the countdown to the compliance deadline for the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act Omnibus Rule begins, we offer the following as a reminder of tasks that covered entities,...more
The new HIPAA regulations become effective on September 23, 2013. Many health care providers have been focused on revising business associate agreements and getting them signed up. Keep in mind that new business associate...more