Electronic Medical Records

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Recent Trends in HIPAA Liability

Since the passage of the 2013 HIPAA Omnibus Rule, there has been a substantial increase in HIPAA enforcement actions brought by the Department of Health and Human Services, including an increase in so-called “high-impact...more

AMA Call for Electronic Health Record Systems Improvements

On September 16, the American Medical Association (AMA) released a new framework intended to improve the development and integration of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems....more

Recent Changes to California Laws - the Healthcare Perspective

Workers’ Compensation Insurance for Professional Athletes - AB 1309; Labor Code §3600.5 - The efforts made by professional athletes seeking workers’ compensation benefits for injuries that they sustained on the...more

Insurance Recovery Law - September 2014

Pollution Exclusion Doesn’t Bar Coverage for Worker Exposed to Hazardous Chemicals That Were Not “Dispersed”: Why it matters - A federal district court in Texas strictly construed a pollution exclusion in...more

California Appellate Court Limits Liability under California’s Medical Confidentiality Act for Disclosure of Medical Information

In what should be considered a win for the defense, the California Third Appellate Court recently overturned the lower court’s denial of a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit seeking $4 billion in damages under...more

California Court Dismisses CMIA Claim Based on Possession of Stolen Medical Data

A health organization narrowly averted paying a potential $4 billion in damages under the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) for losing the medical records of more than 4 million patients. Plaintiffs...more

If a Tree Falls on the Internet … An Insurer Has a Duty to Defend

Legal bloggers sometimes ask themselves: If my post appears on the Internet, but there’s no evidence anyone has read it, have I been published? The question has not yet been finally resolved among law firm compensation...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Health System Network Affecting 4.5 Million Individuals – Community Health Systems, Inc. (“CHS”) reported this week that the information of approximately 4.5 million individuals has been affected by...more

FBI Warning to Health Care Sector Holds True

In April of this year, the FBI issued a Private Industry Notification (PIN) to the health care industry warning of the “likely increase [in] cyber intrusions against health care systems.” In the same month, and into June of...more

OIG Report Takes Issue With Oversight of Security Controls for Electronic Health Records

HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a report concluding that the entity responsible for overseeing the testing and certification process for electronic health records (EHRs) did not fully ensure that...more

New York’s Health Information Highway – SHIN-NY – Get Involved as it Gets Rolling

The Statewide Health Information Network of New York , also referred to as SHIN-NY, is a State-sponsored secure database network that is intended to house patient records, clinical data as well as other critical health care...more

Audit Trails: Pitfalls of Electronic Medical Records, Part III

I do not profess to be an expert in the complexities of metadata in an electronic medical record (EMR). In simple terms, it is analogous to leaving footprints in the sand; although these do not wash away with high tide. In...more

It’s No Surprise: Health Care Data Breaches Are on the Rise and So Is Government Enforcement

In This Issue: - The Take-Aways for Covered Entities and Business Associates - For More Information - Excerpt from The Take-Aways for Covered Entities and Business Associates: As a majority of the...more

California Appellate Court Requires Actual Viewing of Confidential Information in Data Breach Case Under the California Medical...

In a case against Sutter Health involving records from a stolen office computer, the California Court of Appeal recently issued a decision limiting plaintiffs’ ability to state a claim and obtain statutory damages under the...more

Lessons From A Cautionary Tale of Electronic Discovery Pitfalls in Health Care Litigation

E-discovery is especially challenging in healthcare related litigation due to the healthcare industry’s reliance on electronically stored information (ESI), the volume of medical records often at issue in health care...more

Drop-down Menus: The Pitfalls of Electronic Medical Records, Part II

In an earlier blog post, I discussed the importance of time stamps and signatures in electronic medical records (EMRs). A potential pitfall in using EMRs is the prevalence of drop-down menus....more

HHS Proposes Extension of Deadline for EHR Compliance

According to the federal government, over 370,000 providers have participated in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record ("EHR") incentive program since its inception in 2011. However, providers nationwide continue...more

New York Hospitals to Pay Record $4.8 Million for HIPAA Data Breach

In the largest Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) settlement to date, two New York hospitals have agreed to pay $4.8 million to settle allegations that they failed to secure thousands of patients’...more

Top 5 takeaways on telemedicine and eHealth

Here are the main legal topics on telemedicine and eHealth discussed during the ETSI eHealth Workshop on telemedicine where I gave a speech on the legal implications of telemedicine. The Workshop was very interesting...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™ - May 2014

Massachusetts to Start from Scratch with Health Insurance Website — Massachusetts plans to abandon its health insurance exchange website in favor of starting over from scratch, according to a New York Times report....more

FTC Ordered to Testify Regarding Data Security Standards in LabMD Dispute

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has suffered a significant setback in its ongoing dispute with LabMD, a now-closed medical laboratory that the FTC charged with failing to adopt reasonable data security practices that...more

Two Health Care Organizations Pay Largest HIPAA Fine at $4.8 Million Resulting from Unsecured Shared Network

New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University entered into a settlement with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to resolve allegations that the organizations had violated the...more

$4.8 Million – Largest HIPAA Settlement to Date

On May 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued a press release announcing that two health care organizations—New York and Presbyterian Hospital (“NYP”) and Columbia...more

Theft Of Unencrypted Laptops Leads To Two HHS Settlements Totaling Nearly $2 Million

On April 22, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced settlements with both Concentra Health Services (Concentra) and QCA Health Plan, Inc. (QCA). Through these latest settlements, HHS is reiterating...more

2014 Resolutions Series: Trapped in an unhealthy IT vendor relationship? How to make the best of a difficult situation

My client, “Hal”, head of IT procurement for a large regional hospital system called me yesterday morning and declared “I hate vendors!” One of the hospital’s key vendors had just delivered a set of unexpected and “urgent”...more

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