Business Associates

Business Associates can refer broadly to individuals engaged in business relationships with one another. However, in the HIPAA context, the term has a specific statutory meaning and those characterized as... more +
Business Associates can refer broadly to individuals engaged in business relationships with one another. However, in the HIPAA context, the term has a specific statutory meaning and those characterized as business associates have expanded data protection obligations and duties. Essentially, a business associate under HIPAA is a person or entity that performs certain functions or services which necessitates exposure to protected health information on behalf of a covered entity. Typical business associate functions include: claims processing or administration, data analysis, billing, etc.    less -
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Blog: Hospital and Vendor Reach Agreement to Settle Alleged HIPAA Violations with Connecticut AG

Last week, the Connecticut Attorney General (the “Connecticut AG”) announced that Hartford Hospital and its subcontractor, EMC Corporation (“EMC”), agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and...more

HIPAA and Text Messaging

Text messaging is pervasive. Doctors and other health care providers, covered entities, and business associates currently use (and embrace) the technology. Texting is easy, fast and efficient. It doesn’t require a laptop...more

Data-Harvesting Zombie Hackers, Blood-Thirsty Auditors, and Other Reasons to be Scared on Halloween

This Halloween, the scariest monsters might not be in your closet or under your bed. They may be overseas, orchestrating intrusions into your electronic medical record. Or they may be lurking in your own workforce, carrying...more

HHS’ Selection of Contractor Provides Latest Update on Impending Second Round of HIPAA Audits

On October 27, 2015, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) official stated that the agency has hired FCi Federal, a provider of management and professional services to government agencies in Ashburn, VA, to...more

Due Diligence and Risk Priorities (Part III of IV)

Believe it or not, life principles can be used in compliance, especially in due diligence. I always tell my kids that life has a way of setting priorities. As you get older, life becomes simpler and your priorities become...more

HIPAA Double Take: What Health Plan Sponsors Need to Know Now

With the onslaught of Affordable Care Act changes, health plan sponsors have much to think about lately. Given the number of other issues affecting them, plan sponsors may feel that HIPAA privacy and security is an issue they...more

OIG Reports Insufficient Oversight Of HIPAA Compliance

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) must improve its oversight and enforcement of patient information privacy and security rules by “covered entities” and their business associates under the Health Information Portability...more

Is Your HIPAA Compliance Program Ready for the FTC?

Everyone in healthcare knows that the next round of HIPAA audits is coming. Covered entities and business associates have long been advised to review and update their HIPAA security risk analyses, have business associate...more

Get Your Questions Ready

A lot has changed since the HIPAA Privacy Rule was finalized in 2002 and the HIPAA Security Rule was finalized a year later in 2003. The iPhone had not been released (that happened in 2007), Apple had just released the...more

Blog: HHS To Launch New HIPAA Audits in Early 2016 in Response to OIG Reports

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued two reports yesterday calling for the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to strengthen its Health Insurance Portability and...more

FCC’s New Order Provides Some Guidance for Imaging Centers Placing Autodialed Calls to Patients

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) protects consumers from unwanted telephone calls and text messages by requiring a business to obtain prior express consent before placing autodialed or prerecorded voice calls to...more

Fitbit Agrees to Sign Business Associate Agreements and Take on HIPAA Compliance

Is your Fitbit data covered by HIPAA? It depends upon where you got it (kind of). If you go to the store and pick up a Fitbit on your own, the data it generates is governed by the user agreement that you click through...more

Cure of Security Rule Violations Following Breach of EPHI Cannot Save Covered Entities from $750,000 Settlement; Non-Breach...

More than three years after the Cancer Care Group, P.C. (“CCG”) notified the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) of a breach of unsecured electronic protected health...more

Don’t Wait for It; Recent HIPAA Enforcement Action Signal More to Come in Phase 2 Audits

Officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (HHS OCR) have recently selected a vendor to conduct the second wave of HIPAA audits. These so-called “Phase 2 Audits” are set to commence...more

Cooperative System Legislation and Regulations Released: Fees, “Interface” and Transition Unresolved

On August 25, 2015, a revised consultation draft of the uniform provincial and territorial Capital Markets Act (CMA) and draft initial regulations under the CMA (Initial Regulations and, together with the CMA, the...more

Crafting a more realistic business associate agreement

According to a recent survey by KPMG, eighty percent (80%) of health care executives report that their information technology systems have been compromised by cyber attacks. Most healthcare institutions, the survey found,...more

Alert: Key Regulatory Considerations for Digital Health Companies

Digital health is a growing field that promises improved patient education, wellness, engagement, access to care, and outcomes, among other things. However, with these new technologies come unique regulatory concerns that...more

Office for Civil Rights Selects Vendor for Next Round of HIPAA Audits – Five Things You Should Do to Prepare

The Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has selected Ashburn, Virginia-based FCi Federal to conduct the next round of HIPAA audits mandated by the HITECH Act. OCR views the audits as a compliance tool that will hopefully get out...more

NIST Standards Provides An Oasis Of Mobile Device Security In The EHR Desert

The healthcare industry has long awaited some certainty in the arena of mobile devices in light of the continued push for electronic health records (“EHR”) and coordinated care. The prevalence, convenience, and speed of such...more

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Pays $218,400 to Settle Alleged HIPAA Security Case Stemming from Use of Cloud-Based Document...

Alleged HIPAA Violations Resulted from Medical Center’s Failure to Risk Assess Internet-Based Document Sharing Application and Inadequate Breach Response. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for...more

Back to School – HIPAA 101

After a summer that saw major data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management and UCLA Health System, this fall is a great time to take your organization back to school on HIPAA compliance and data security. Here are...more

Is Your Health Plan HIPAA Compliant?

Data breaches with respect to medical information are on the rise, given that such information is generally more valuable on the black market than stolen credit card data. The 2015 breach of healthcare company Anthem, Inc.,...more

How to Assess and Improve Your Corporate Cyber Security Infrastructure

It's no secret that data breach is becoming more and more common as sophisticated hackers penetrate corporate and governmental networks at what seems to be a breakneck pace. No business or institution with an internet...more

Proceed With Caution: Does HIPAA Apply to Your Business?

Even if your business is not in the health care industry, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), as updated by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH...more

FINRA Requests Comment on Revised Discretionary Accounts and Transactions Rule

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is requesting comment on a revised proposal to consolidate and clarify certain National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and New York Stock Exchange rules into new FINRA...more

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