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New HIPAA Tool Released by the Federal Government – Makes Assessing Risks Easier and It Won’t Cost You a Dime

Do you lie awake at night wondering if you or the health care entity for which you work is complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”)? If so, you will be happy to hear that a good night’s...more

CMS Extends Deadline for 2013 Meaningful Use Attestations

CMS announced on Friday, February 7, 2014, that the agency is extending the deadline for eligible professionals (EPs) to attest as meaningful users of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology for the 2013 Medicare...more

CMS Extends 2013 Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline for Eligible Professionals

On Feb. 7, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) extended by one month the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to meaningful use for the 2013 Medicare EHR Incentive Program year. The deadline was...more

Paying the Price: Physician Group Faces Hefty Penalty and OCR Oversight After Failure to Conduct Security Risk Assessment and...

What you need to know: The Office for Civil Rights of the US Department of Health & Human Services is continuing its trend toward more aggressive enforcement of HIPAA violations. Small provider entities are not immune...more

Privacy and Security Alert: January 9th, 2014

On December 5, 2013, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) reported on the Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) compliance as of May 2011 with oversight and enforcement of the Security Rule and compliance with federal cybersecurity...more

CMS & OIG Final Rules Extend And Amend Protection For EHR Donations

Ordinarily, the donation of Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology, services or training to a provider would raise fraud and abuse concerns and potentially implicate the Stark law and Anti-kickback Statute. In order to...more

Final EHR Donation Rules Issued in Time for the New Year

On December 27, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final rules revising the Stark exception (42 CFR...more

A New Year’s Resolution (And Corrective Action Plan) From OCR: Physician Practice Cited For HIPAA Violations

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is closing out 2013 with a reminder of the importance of an effective HIPAA compliance program. On December 26, 2013, OCR announced a resolution agreement with a Massachusetts physician...more

Medical practice agrees to payment due to HIPAA data breach

One day after Christmas, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced that a Massachusetts-based dermatology practice (Practice) agreed to a $150,000 payment and entered into a...more

The Long Sunset: EHR Donations May Continue Until 2021 (With a Few Changes)

Under long-awaited final rules recently published by the federal government, hospitals and other “protected donors” may continue to “donate” interoperable electronic health record items and services without incurring...more

HHS Closes Out 2013 with 6th Resolution Agreement

Throughout 2013, HHS OCR has stated that covered entities of all sizes need to give priority to securing ePHI. In addition, HHS OCR has recommended that covered entities identify and mitigate risks before an incident occurs....more

Health Care Law Update: Anti-Kickback Safe Harbor Rule for Electronic Health Records Extended Through 2021

The anti-kickback safe harbor concerning electronic health records (EHR) items and services, which defines certain conduct that is protected from liability under the federal anti-kickback statute (Section 1128B(b) of the...more

CMS Extends Start Date for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use to 2017 Without Extending Timeline for When Providers Must Start Stage 2

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced a revised timeline for the implementation of Stage 3 “meaningful use” measures for the Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs, but did not extend the...more

CMS Extends Timeline on Meaningful Use Implementation

Last Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) proposed a one-year extension of Stage 2 of the meaningful use standards for Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (“EHR”) incentive programs. Under...more

Audit Log Discovery As A Feature Of The Electronic Medical Record

The increased use of electronic medical records ("EMR") is changing not only the way physicians practice medicine but also the way discovery is conducted in medical malpractice lawsuits. Plaintiffs' attorneys seek to...more

Conference Spotlight: How Big Data and Data Analytics are Revolutionizing Health Care Delivery

At the O’Reilly Strata Rx Data Makes a Difference Conference in Boston last week, top minds from the data technology, life science and healthcare industries discussed how big data, a term commonly used to describe very large...more

FDA Issues Final Guidance on Mobile Medical Applications

Last week, the FDA issued guidance on its approach to regulating mobile apps. FDA intends to regulate only those mobile apps that meet the agency’s definition of “device” and are considered higher risk in that they could...more

OIG Issues Favorable Opinion Regarding Post-Discharge Services Arrangement

The Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a favorable advisory opinion regarding an electronic health record vendor’s plan to provide services to hospitals to help manage...more

Health Plan Agrees To $1.2 Million Settlement For Photocopier HIPAA Security Breach

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a settlement on August 14, 2013, with Affinity Health Plan (Affinity), a not-for-profit managed care plan, which included a payment of $1,215,780, for a HIPAA...more

Hiding in plain sight: Failure to scrub patient data from digital copiers returned to leasing company results in $1.2 million...

We’ve sounded warnings about the lowly copy machine before. The proliferation of digital devices in the workplace means that data security must extend beyond computer networks and laptops. Seemingly old fashioned equipment,...more

Week In Review - August 15, 2013

This week, as in many past weeks, a lot of media attention has been paid to privacy: creating it, protecting it, and invading it. Employees are reported to have been fired or disciplined for recording, revealing or posting...more

Complex Chronic Care Management Reimbursement for 2015 Included in Proposed 2014 Physician Fee Schedule

The proposed 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule [PDF] included reimbursement for case management to be made available in 2015 for physicians who treat patients with two or more complex conditions. The proposed rule would...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

HIPAA security violations result in $1.7 million settlement

On July 8, 2013, WellPoint, Inc., a managed care company (“WellPoint”), agreed to pay a $1.7 million fine to settle a self-reported breach of HIPAA, a key federal health privacy law, that led to the unauthorized disclosure of...more

Electronic Health Records Donations: Proposed CMS And OIG Rules Revise Stark Exception And Anti-Kickback Safe Harbor

On April 10, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (‘‘CMS'') and the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (‘‘OIG'') published twin proposed rules that amend and extend...more

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