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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1996 to provide greater protection for individual's medical information and prescribe standards for the... more +
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1996 to provide greater protection for individual's medical information and prescribe standards for the manner in which healthcare professionals gather, use, and maintain health information.  less -

2017 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 1) Health & Welfare

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2017 comes to an end, we are pleased to present our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in four separate Employee Benefits Updates. This Part 1 will cover...more

Cybersecurity 2018 – The Year in Preview: HIPAA Compliance

Like many things in Washington, the HIPAA landscape in 2018 will be shaped by the shifting priorities of President Trump’s new administration. Early signs point to less funding for the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) within...more

Is it HIPAA or HIPPA? Either way, it still applies.

by Winstead PC on

I have negotiated hundreds of SaaS agreements for dozens of software companies and I always hated when the company on the other side was a healthcare provider. Invariably, they would bring up Protected Health Information...more

Withdrawal of HIPAA Health Plan Proposed Rules

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has withdrawn a HIPAA rule that would have required controlling health plans (CHPs) to demonstrate compliance with certain HIPAA standards. The proposed rule, published...more

Significant WiFi vulnerability exposed

What is the problem? Belgian researchers have published information about a vulnerability in the most popular WiFi encryption protocol that makes monitoring of all communications possible, except those communications that...more

ACA’s Nondiscrimination Taglines and Notices Require Updating Your Notice of Privacy Practices

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

There has been confusion as to whether the Affordable Care Act’s nondiscrimination provision (“ACA”) affects a covered entity’s notice of privacy practices (“NPP”) or data breach notifications. OCR has issued guidance...more

Business Associate Resold Fax Machine Containing PHI

Fax machines are still used in the medical community, and these days, faxing may be more secure than emailing as hackers have not yet cracked the task of hacking into old fax machines. All kidding aside, fax machines have...more

Cloud Computing Crash Course: Safety First

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

When it comes to privacy and security laws governing sensitive data, you don’t have to be a financial or health institution to have information that is subject to state and federal regulation. Almost every organization with...more

What to Do When You Find Yourself in the Data Breach Club

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In the wake of the latest massive data breach, this one involving Equifax, more and more companies are likely wondering what they should do in the event that they are faced with a data breach that exposes the personal data of...more

Arkansas Surgery Center Hit with Ransomware

Arkansas Oral & Facial Surgery Center (AOFSC) was recently hit with ransomware that shut down access to health information of its patients and rendered some of it imaging files, including X-rays of patient inaccessible....more

Don’t Forget HIPAA’s “Minimum Necessary” Rule When Making Health Information Disclosures

by Nossaman LLP on

When Covered Entities or Business Associates or their counsel analyze whether a particular disclosure of Protected Health Information (or “PHI,” as defined in HIPAA) is permissible, they should be sure also to analyze whether...more

HIPAA Electronic Certification Rules Withdrawn

Proposed rules issued January 2, 2014 would have required certain health plans (including self-insured health plans) to certify compliance with three of the HIPAA rules relating to electronic transactions. These certification...more

Trump Administration Shelves Additional Obama Medicare/Health Plan Proposals

by Reed Smith on

The Trump Administration has formally withdrawn a number of pending Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposals that never reached the final rule stage. This includes: a controversial Part Medicare B drug payment...more

Data Protection: Patient confidentiality in the age of AI

by DLA Piper on

In our previous article, we considered a typical collaboration between a healthcare institution and a developer of an digital diagnostic system using machine learning or some other form of artificial intelligence. The...more

McAfee Report Lists Health Care Sector as Most Targeted Industry for Cyber-Attacks

In its cyber security incident report outlining vulnerabilities for the second quarter of 2017, security firm McAfee lists the health care sector as having suffered the most security incidents, which surpasses the public...more

HIPAA Disclosures During Mass Tragedies

by Burr & Forman on

In light of the recent incident in Las Vegas, the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”), the government entity responsible for HIPAA Compliance, issued clarification guidance on the ability of a health care provider to share...more

State Data Breach Notification Laws

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

While most state data breach notification statutes contain similar components, there are important differences, meaning a one-size-fits-all approach to notification will not suffice. What’s more, as data breaches continue to...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

McAfee Report Lists Health Care Sector as Most Targeted Industry for Cyber-Attacks - In its cybersecurity incident report outlining vulnerabilities for the second quarter of 2017, security firm McAfee lists the health care...more

[Webinar] - Your Money or Your PHI: HHS "Guidance" on Ransomware - October 10th, 1:00pm CT

In recent years, HIPAA enforcement actions and penalties have increased both in volume and amount. Ransomware is the fastest growing malware threat to businesses that use electronic data. This webinar will provide listeners...more

Is Blockchain Technology the Solution to Health Care's Data Woes?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Many experts believe blockchain technology will drive innovation in health information and that it has the potential to solve critical health care issues, including interoperability, security, records management and data...more

ERISA Newsletter - Third Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - As we have observed on other occasions, the ERISA class action plaintiffs' bar has, for several years now, honed in on 401(k) plan fiduciaries and their decisions to select and retain investment options...more

Employer-Sponsored Health Plan HIPAA Compliance Checklist

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The administrative simplification provision of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and its implementing regulations (HIPAA) impose obligations on employer-sponsored group health plans. Given recent...more

Privacy Tip #107 – Medical Marijuana Privacy

As more and more state laws allow the use of marijuana for medical conditions, and dispensaries are opening to provide users with access to marijuana for medical purposes (and recreational use), patients are questioning and...more

Three Critical Legal Documents Every Parent of a College Student Should Get in Place As Soon As Possible

As a soon-to-be college freshman many years ago, I was preoccupied with selecting roommates, finding bacteria-resistant shower shoes, and dreaming about the incredible freedom my 18-year-old adult self would have. Of course,...more

9 Key Takeaways From the 12th Annual Healthcare Provider Conference

by McGuireWoods LLP on

September 26, 2017 Following are nine key takeaways from the 12th Annual Healthcare Provider Conference held in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 12, 2017....more

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