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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 +
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In the Wake of Harvey and Irma, OCR Reminds Providers of HIPAA Rules

As Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean rebuild after the latest string of deadly hurricanes and prepare for the possibility of future storms, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR)...more

Where is your PHI Data Traveling Today?

by Dickinson Wright on

With most vendors offering and pushing cloud computing solutions and offsite data backup, or guaranteeing offsite backup of data they process for you, many HIPAA covered entities and business associates are questioning...more

Recent Events Increase the Importance of HIPAA Risk Analyses and HIPAA Policies

Recent events highlight the fact that threats to customer and patient data continue to increase. In recent months, government agencies, news outlets, and others have spent considerable time investigating and reporting on...more

Lessons Learned from 2017 OCR HIPAA Enforcement Actions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

So far 2017 is proving to be an active year for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcement. This comes on the heels of 2016, which saw an unprecedented level of enforcement actions, with 13 total...more

Another Key to HIPAA Compliance – Have Policies and Procedures and Implement Them, Too

by Williams Mullen on

On this blog, we have discussed the criticality of risk analyses – the assessment required by the Security Rule of the “risks and vulnerabilities” that an organization faces with respect to all of its electronic protected...more

Attempting To Avoid The High Cost Of A Reported HIPAA Breach

by Dickinson Wright on

Preventing unintended or unauthorized disclosure of protected health information is an ever-present goal of all covered entities and business associates. However, protective firewalls and electronic data security measures are...more

What is the HIPAA Complaint Process?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for enforcing the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. Any person who believes that a covered entity or business associate is not...more

OCR Releases “Improved Web Tool” for Breach Reporting

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued an “improved web tool that puts important information into the hands of individuals, empowering them to better identify recent breaches of health information and learn how all...more

The HIPAA “Wall of Shame” is Now Easier to Navigate

Last week, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) launched an improved version of their HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool (HBRT), commonly referred to by OCR and regulated entities alike as the HIPAA “Wall of Shame.” OCR has also...more

Health Care E-Note - July 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Everywhere you look these days, there seems to be another report of a cyberattack -- attacks which do not discriminate based on industry type, size of business, or impact. In other words, everyone is vulnerable. In fact, the...more

NY AG Fines Healthcare Firm $130,000 for Improperly Delaying Breach Notices to Consumers Due to an FBI Investigation

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On June 15th, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement with CoPilot Provider Support Services Inc. to resolve allegations that the company improperly delayed notice to more than 220,000 consumers of...more

Huge Relief From eClinicalWorks Decision Not to Hold Customers Liable For Its Vendor’s Actions, But Providers Should Not Drop...

by McGuireWoods LLP on

There are inherent risks in any vendor relationship. In the healthcare industry, with myriad regulatory pitfalls, the stakes can be even higher. Several customers of the cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) software...more

Cyber Threats Equal Serious Threats

by Burr & Forman on

Every where you look these days, there seems to be another report of a cyber attack--attacks which do not discriminate based on industry type, size of business, or impact. In other words, everyone is vulnerable. In fact, the...more

HIPAA in the Age of Ransomware

According to a recent US Government Interagency report, ransomware is the fastest growing malware threat, targeting users of all types, including health care facilities. This past spring, for example, the WannaCry ransomware...more

OCR Issues Reminder on Security Incidents

Following the frequent and varied ransomware attacks on health care entities over the past few years, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published guidance last summer to the health care industry reminding it that a ransomware...more

Public-Private Partnerships Could Bolster Healthcare Cybersecurity Efforts

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Protecting data in the healthcare industry continues to be an area of focus for regulators and lawmakers. HIPAA Journal noted that in 2016 more HIPAA covered entities reported breaches than in any other year since the U.S....more

Increased Focus on Health Care Cybersecurity: HHS Releases Long-Awaited Report and Cyber Attack Quick-Response Checklist

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) issued a recent report noting that cybersecurity is a key public health concern that needs “immediate and aggressive attention.” Shortly thereafter, HHS’ Office for Civil...more

Healthcare Business Associates

by Bryan Cave on

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act modified the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) by expanding the definition of Business Associates (“BA”) and their...more

Healthcare Data Breach Enforcements and Fines

by Bryan Cave on

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) is responsible for enforcing the Privacy and Security Rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”)....more

HIPAA Settlements in April and May Highlight Key Compliance Concerns for OCR

by Williams Mullen on

After a break in March with no new settlement agreements, OCR returned in April and May with quite a few. The Health Care Data Aware Blog already posted about a $400,000 OCR settlement released April 12, 2017, which can be...more

AGG Food and Drug Newsletter - June 2017

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP's Food and Drug Newsletter is a monthly update of legal and regulatory issues that affect the FDA-regulated community, including regular updates on legislative initiatives from AGG’s Washington, DC...more

My Entity Just Experienced a Cyber-Attack! What Do We Do Now?

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

On June 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released a cyber-attack “Quick Response” checklist (the Checklist) for the benefit of HIPAA covered entities and business...more

$387,200 Fine from HHS OCR for the Improper Disclosure of PHI to an Employer and a Volunteer Organization

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On May 23, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (HHS OCR) announced a settlement with St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, part of the Mount Sinai Health System, to resolve allegations...more

OCR Publishes Checklist and Infographic for Cyber Attack Response

OCR released a simple checklist and infographic last week to assist Covered Entities and Business Associates with responding to potential cyber attacks. As cybersecurity remains a pressing concern for health care entities,...more

ALERT – OCR Issues Quick Response Cyber Attack Checklist and Graphic

by Sedgwick LLP on

In the aftermath of the recent WannaCry ransomware attack and the May 12, 2017 notification from Laura Wolf, Critical Infrastructure Protection Lead of Health and Human Services (HHS) discussed in Cinthia Motley’s May 13,...more

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