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.
PODCAST - Inside Law - HIPAA Changes Overview by Emily Wey
The Biggest Changes in HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Rule & Recommended Action Steps—Ted Kobus
Six Points Health Care Professionals and Organizations (and those who do business with them) Need To Know NOW:
- Possible fines have increased dramatically. Under prior law, fines were capped at $100 per violation, with...more
Changes to the HIPAA Enforcement Rule -
Background: On October 30, 2009, HHS issued an interim final rule revising the Enforcement Rule to incorporate provisions of the HITECH Act. The NPRM then proposed a number of...more
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
Businesses subject to HIPAA rules should take note of recent penalties imposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”). Penalties of more than $1 million each were leveled as a result of Security Rule...more
A California hospital that disclosed a patient’s medical record in response to a California Watch investigative report on the alleged inappropriate billing practices of the hospital’s parent organization was recently cited by...more
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
On November 26, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) published a thirty-two page document titled “Guidance Regarding Methods for De-identification of Protected Health Information...more
Originally published in Compliance Today on December 1, 2012.
..Covered entities are now subject to privacy and security audits by OCR.
..OCR published audit protocols regarding its standards for such...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Bond . . . James Bond has always been the epitome of cool gadgets (and bikini babes) but the gizmos of Sean Connery have passed into the era of Daniel Craig. Mr. Connery's lasers, spy cameras and recorders are like dinosaurs...more
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
One of the less well-known provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (or "HITECH") Act is the requirement that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") periodically...more
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
On June 26, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) released on its website the protocol that it has developed to serve as a guideline for recently-implemented HIPAA...more
In February, we alerted you to the first HIPAA enforcement action taken against a business associate. The action was pursued by the Minnesota Attorney General against Accretive Health, a service provider that was involved in...more
The Department of Labor recently updated its self-compliance tool for plan sponsors and plan administrators of group health plans. The self-compliance tool contains questions relating to requirements on issues such as...more
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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