Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights

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The United States Department of Health and Human Services is a federal executive department established in 1953, as part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The Agency became independent in 1980 and was renamed The Department of Health and Human Services at that time. HHS is charged with protecting and improving the health of the American population, as well as providing essential services.    less -
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Two Additional HIPAA Settlements Demonstrate Breadth of HIPAA Enforcement Activity

During the week of April 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced two significant settlements with a large New York City hospital and a North Carolina orthopaedic...more

Lights, Camera, Settlement: OCR says a picture is worth $2.2 million

A New York hospital has settled with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) for $2.2 million after allowing a TV crew for the ABC documentary series “NY Med” to film patients...more

Department of Health and Human Services Cracks Down on Vendor Oversight in Recent Hospital Settlements

From the rise in ransomware attacks to inadvertent disclosure of information by subcontractors, the health services industry is reminded that a potential consequence of a data breach is the threat of a regulatory enforcement...more

NY Hospital to Pay $2.2 Million for Allowing TV Crew to Videotape Dying Patient

On the ABC television series “NY Med,” doctors from New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) are profiled as they perform medical procedures. However, in an effort to keep it “real,” the show’s crew has landed the hospital in hot...more

Not a Check-the-Box Exercise: Failure to Have Signed BAA Results in Substantial Fine

A group practice that was the victim of a silver-harvesting scam has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) $750,000 to settle charges that it released protected health information (“PHI”) of...more

Ex-Husband's Revenge Leads to HHS Trophy

Patient care is not confined to a single office or exam room, or a single physician or other provider. Caring for patients these days now includes complex coordination among physicians, nurse, technicians, staff, management,...more

The Audit Protocol is Released, and Other Updated HIPAA Audits News

As we previously reported, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) launched Phase II of its audit program on March 21. Since that time, a significant amount of new information has emerged, including details regarding the...more

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Advisory: So You Heard About HIPAA Phase 2 Audits. What Should You Do Now?

As you may have recently read (for example, “HHS/OCR Announces Launch of HIPAA Audit Program Phase 2”), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has started “Phase 2” of its audit...more

Digital Health Care Alert: Is Your Health Care App subject to HIPAA? The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office for...

OCR’s Compliance Guidance for Health Care App Developers - The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently provided guidance (in the form of six “real-life” scenarios) to help...more

How Recent Cybersecurity Government Publications Impact HIPAA Security Compliance and the New Audit Initiative

Cybersecurity Impacts on HIPAA Security Compliance and the New Audit Initiative - New Audit Initiative Items to Watch - While The HHS Office for Civil Rights recently announced its intent to perform a second...more

Phase 2 of HIPAA Audit Program Launched

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced on March 21, 2016 that it has officially launched Phase 2 of its Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act...more

HHS OCR Announces Launch Of Long-Awaited Phase 2 HIPAA Audit Program

On March 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced the launch of its Phase 2 HIPAA compliance audits pursuant to which it will audit covered entities and...more

HHS Implements HIPAA Phase II Audit Program: What You Need to Know

Recently, the Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights announced that it has implemented its HIPAA Phase II Audit Program. Some entities may have already received initial emails from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR)...more

Improper Disclosure of Research Information Results in $3.9 Million Settlement

On March 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that the Feinstein Institution for Medical Research (“Feinstein”) agreed to pay $3.9 million to resolve...more

HHS OCR Launches Phase 2 of HIPAA Audit Program–So What?

You have seen all the hysterical headlines — “The HIPAA audits are coming, the HIPAA audits are coming….” But when you really think about it, what is the big deal? If you are a HIPAA covered entity, you surely know by now...more

OCR Launches Phase 2 of HIPAA Audits

Five suggested steps healthcare organizations and their contractors should take to prepare. On March 21, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services launched Phase 2 of the HIPAA Audit...more

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy and Health Care: Federal Office for Civil Rights Returns to Proactive HIPAA Enforcement with 2016...

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced this week that it has launched the long-anticipated latest round of audits for compliance with the privacy, security, and breach notification provisions of the Health Insurance...more

Heads-Up! HIPAA Phase Two Audits Begin – Business Associates Included!

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) finally announced on March 21 that it is ready to begin Phase Two of its HIPAA audit program, which will include business associates. These...more

Health Law Insights Newsletter - Issue 7 - March 2016

McCarter & English, LLP’s Health Care Group presents Issue 7 of the Health Law Insights, which discusses the latest legal issues in the health care industry. NATIONAL - Providers’ Obligation to Report Medicare...more

Ready or Not, It’s Time For Phase 2 HIPAA Audits

On March 21st, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) officially launched Phase 2 of the HIPAA Audit Program. Covered Entities and Business Associates need to be prepared for these audits and be on the lookout for emails...more

OCR Announces Two Significant HIPAA Breach Settlements

On consecutive days, the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) of the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recently announced two large HIPAA breach settlements. On March 16, 2016, OCR announced that it entered into a...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Drug pricing remains a focus as CMS rolls out a demonstration project for Part B drugs... The Senate passes The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and Senate Cures legislation moves forward... Senate...more

Recent HIPAA Updates from OCR

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been busy lately, issuing three news releases on the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules....more

Blog: HHS Releases Crosswalk Between HIPAA Security Rule and NIST Framework

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently released a “crosswalk” developed with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) mapping the Health Insurance...more

HHS Office For Civil Rights Releases A Crosswalk Between HIPAA Security Rule And NIST Cybersecurity Framework

At the end of February, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released a table, called a “crosswalk,” that maps standards and implementation specifications of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability...more

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