Safeguards against Data Security Breaches (Part One)
“HIPAA is a valve, not a blockage,” stated HHS OCR Director Leon Rodriguez, at the OCR/NIST 6th Annual Conference on Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security....more
You might think that if you lock your backup tapes in a safe they are protected from a data breach, but Kmart’s recent data breach proves that’s not the case. Last month, a person held a Kmart employee in Little Rock,...more
The #1 item on my “tough love list” for New Year’s 2013 was “Enough of the Unencrypted USB Keys“.
You won’t have been alone if you didn’t tackle that in the first quarter of 2013.
In this brave new world of health information privacy, many industry experts and healthcare organizations have emphasized the need to secure portable electronic devices such as laptops, issued to employees. But a recently...more
With the recent issuance of the long-awaited final rule by the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), the protection of patient information has been a hot topic among the health care industry the past few months....more
With data security breaches dominating the headlines and a rising number of employees taking advantage of BYOD, or bring your own device to work policies, businesses have found themselves vulnerable to targets by hackers,...more
In 2012, LinkedIn made headlines as a result of a significant data breach. The passwords and email addresses of over 6 million LinkedIn users were hacked and posted online. Encryption and security was improved by LinkedIn in...more
On January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule amending the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security regulations and implementing the Health...more
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on Data Privacy Day (January 28) that it had reached a settlement with a cord blood bank in respect of the loss of nearly 300,000 customers’ personal information. The lost...more
The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) started 2013 with a bang by announcing that it had reached "the first settlement involving a breach of unprotected electronic protected health information (ePHI) affecting fewer than 500...more
It is 2013, and time for a bit of tough love. Here are five data governance matters that need your attention as soon as possible....more
In This Issue:
- Five Core antitrust Principles For mergers of health insurers By: James M. Burns.
On July 9, WellPoint and Amerigroup, two prominent health insurers, announced that they intended to merge in a...more
The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more
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