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How To Catch-Up in a Revised HIPAA World

The HIPAA final omnibus rule (Omnibus Rule) made sweeping changes to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification and Enforcement Rules earlier this year. Although the compliance deadline of September 23, 2013 has come...more

Cloud Computing: Healthcare Issues in a Digital Age – (Part Two)

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

Under The New HIPAA Regime, A Lost Laptop Costs $1.5 Million But A Leased Photocopier Costs Almost As Much

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

The Road Map to HIPAA Compliance: What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know

In this presentation: - Overview of HIPAA - Privacy Rule - Notice of Breach - Security Rule - Business Associates & Business Associate Agreements - Notice of Privacy...more

Privacy Monday – July 29, 2013

Privacy goofs, gaffes and tidbits for the last Monday in July — NSA Surveillance Causes More Grief –Germany Calls for a Stop to Safe Harbor: Time for Binding Corporate Rules? According to news sources the...more

HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule Compliance Date Is Only Two Months Away

The compliance date for the omnibus final rule amending the privacy, security, breach notification and enforcement regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information...more

HITECH What You Need to Know About Electronic Protected Health Information

Recently enacted legislation has resulted in extensive expansions to the privacy, security, breach notification and enforcement rules of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act under...more

Lessons from the California AG’s Data Breach Report for the Health Care Industry

Our sister blog, Privacy and Security Matters, recently posted a comprehensive analysis of the newly released data breach report from the California Attorney General’s Office (AG Report). The AG Report is the first...more

The HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule—Data Privacy and Security Implications for Business Associates and Covered Entities

On January 17, 2013, the Office for Civil Rights (‘‘OCR’’) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (‘‘HHS’’) published the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule (‘‘Final Rule’’) which OCR has trumpeted as carrying ‘‘the most...more

HIPAA’S FINAL RULE: Putting Things in Perspective – Comments from OCR

On March 22, 2013, Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) Director Leon Rodriguez presented the keynote address to attendees of the American Health Lawyers’ Association HIPAA/HITECH Conference in...more

What We Need to Do to Comply with the Final HIPAA Rule: A Summary of the Privacy Obligations for Health Care Providers, Health...

On January 25, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the highly anticipated Omnibus Rule, which makes extensive changes (as promulgated by the Health Information Technology for Economic and...more

Don't Get Pinched by New HHS PHI Rules

HHS has released its much-anticipated final omnibus rule about protected health information. The rule addresses privacy and security issues, including defining a business associate and expanding individuals' rights to...more

Highlights of the Omnibus HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule

On January 25, 2013, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) published the long-awaited omnibus final regulation governing health data privacy, security and enforcement (Omnibus...more

Final Omnibus Rule modifies HIPAA Privacy, Security and Enforcement Rules

On January 25, 2013, the Final Rule modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Enforcement Rules was published in the Federal Register. Among other things, the omnibus...more

Final HIPAA/HITECH Rules: Compliance Actions for Employee Benefit Plans

The Department of Health and Human Services recently released final regulations modifying the HIPAA Privacy, Security Breach Notification and Enforcement Rules (the “Omnibus Rule”). These regulations have far-reaching effects...more

Special Edition: Health Law Update - February 28, 2013

In This Issue: - A Baker's Dozen of Significant Changes From the HIPAA/HITECH Rule 1. Business Associates and Subcontractors 2. Breach Notification 3. Covered Entity Organizational Structures 4. Cloud...more

PHI Breach Reporting Deadline is March 1, 2013

To comply with the HITECH breach notice requirements, HIPAA covered entities are required to report all small breaches of unsecured protected health information (“PHI”) that occurred in calendar year 2012 to the U.S....more

Significant Changes to HIPAA Effective March 26, 2013

The following is a summary of the major changes to HIPAA under the new Final Rule: 1. Breach Notification Standard Lowered — In perhaps the most significant change under the Final Rule, the new regulations considerably...more

Deadline Approaches for Reporting 2012 Small Breaches

HIPAA covered entities have through Friday, March 1, 2013, to report small breaches of unsecured protected health information that occurred in calendar year 2012 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). A...more

New HIPAA Omnibus Regulations – What Employers Who Sponsor Group Health Plans Need to Know to Comply

On January 25, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published final regulations that modify the Privacy, Security, Enforcement and Breach Notification Rules issued pursuant to the Health Insurance...more

HIPAA Alert: Action Steps To Reach Compliance

As discussed in two prior HIPAA alerts, a final, 563-page Omnibus HIPAA Rule was released by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights to strengthen HIPAA’s security and privacy protections. The final...more

The New HIPAA Omnibus Rule & Your Liability — A Detailed Review

As we have reported in this blog, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released final regulations containing modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and...more

Expanding The Reach Of HIPAA Data Security And Privacy Requirements

In this information technology era, it is little wonder that the Obama Administration has made enforcement of data security and privacy protections a top priority. The enforcement emphasis reflects public opinion favoring...more

HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule – published Jan. 25, 2013

Six Points Health Care Professionals and Organizations (and those who do business with them) Need To Know NOW: - Possible fines have increased dramatically. Under prior law, fines were capped at $100 per violation, with...more

Breaking Down The HIPAA Rule Changes: Part 3 Of 5 Modifications To The Breach Notification Rule

In This Issue: - Definition of “Unsecured Protected Health Information” - Notice Requirements - Action Items to Comply with the Breach Notification - Excerpt from Definition of “Unsecured Protected Health...more

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