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Burr Alert: New HIPAA Rules Issued: “Sweeping” Changes For Healthcare Providers And Business Associates

On January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released its long awaited final HIPAA rule, which significantly expands certain obligations for healthcare providers and their business associates (the...more

Battling ‘Breach Fatigue’: How to Get Their Attention

Healthcare professionals recently convened at the HIMSS Privacy & Security Forum in Boston to discuss the growing problem of data breaches and compromised patient privacy. Providers clearly need to take a strong approach to...more

HIPAA De-Identification Guidance

Office of Civil Rights has released additional guidance addressing the de-identification of protected health information in accordance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Covered entities should review their current...more

Office of Civil Rights Releases Guidance on De-Identification of PHI Under HIPAA Privacy Rule

On November 26, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released long-overdue guidance on how covered entities subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)...more

OCR Issues Guidance on Methods for De-Identification of PHI Under HIPAA

On November 26th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance on the methods that covered entities and business associates can use to de-identify protected health...more

Escaping HIPAA: New Guidance on De-Identifying Health Information

HIPAA places tight restrictions on the use and disclosure of protected health information, but there are many ways to “de-identify” it, freeing it from HIPAA’s constraints. Covered entities and business associates can use...more

OCR releases HIPAA privacy rule guidance on de-identifying PHI

Just two and a half years after hosting a workshop on the HIPAA Privacy Rule's de-identification standard, OCR has issued its "Guidance Regarding Methods for De-identification of Protected Health Information in Accordance...more

Guidance Regarding Methods for De-identification of Protected Health Information in Accordance with the Health Insurance...

The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights released its long-awaited guidance regarding the de-identification of protected health information in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and...more

HIPAA Privacy In The Aftermath Of Sandy: Be Prepared For The Next Emergency

As health care providers, patients, family members, friends, and disaster relief agencies such as the American Red Cross continue to grapple with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy it is important to be mindful of privacy...more

Health Care Legal News - September 28, 2012 • Volume 2, Number 8

In This Issue: - THE DW HEALTHCARE TEAM IS GROWING: With the addition of six new healthcare attorneys, the DW Healthcare Team has expanded its expertise and its depth... - RECOVERY OF LOST PROFESSIONAL...more

Boston-Area Hospital to Pay $1.5 Million to Settle HIPAA Violations Over Security Breach

On September 17, 2012, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, a Boston area hospital, has agreed to pay $1.5 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to settle allegations of violations of the HIPAA Security...more

Hackers Demand Ransom to Keep Medical Records Private

Medical-data blackmail is becoming more common as more health care providers adopt electronic health records systems and store patient data digitally. This Bloomberg technology blog story describes some of the larger...more

Multi-Million Medicare Fraud and HIPAA Conviction: A Cautionary Tale

The owner of a Long Island medical supply company was convicted last week on charges of a $10.7 million Medicare fraud and wrongful disclosure of private medical information under the Health Insurance Portability and...more

Are You Ready? HIPAA Audits Are Here.

As part of health care reform, the federal government mandated that a pilot HIPAA audit program (the “HIPAA Audit Program”) be developed to ensure compliance with HIPAA’s privacy and security rules and its breach notification...more

Telemedicine Amidst Healthcare Reform: Practicalities and Pitfalls

The Supreme Court’s recent decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act underscores the need to deliver and make accessible quality healthcare to patients throughout the United States in an efficient and...more

OCR Releases HIPAA Audit Protocol

Protocol provides clues regarding areas of focus for ongoing HIPAA audits assessing compliance with the Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health...more

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