Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) was enacted in 2009, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Act seeks to promote the adoption and use of health... more +
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) was enacted in 2009, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Act seeks to promote the adoption and use of health information technology. One of the key provisions of the Act establishes a national network of electronic health records.  less -
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OCR Begins HIPAA Phase 2 Audits

What covered entities and business associates can do to prepare for the next round of audits. On July 11, the HIPAA Phase 2 audits commenced when 167 covered entities received notice of a desk audit from the Department...more

Just a Matter of Time: First-Ever Settlement of HIPAA Claims Against a Business Associate

On June 30, 2016, the Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the first-ever settlement of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) claims against a business associate. According...more

OCR levies first fine ever directly against business associate

Our predictions that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will become more aggressive with audits, investigations, and fines against HIPAA business associates has come true. On June 24, 2016, the OCR announced that it has...more

Cybersecurity News & Notes – June 2016 #3

In Case You Missed It: Illinois strengthened its data privacy and security law, with the amendments going into effect in January 2017. The amendments include expanding the definition of “personal information” to include a...more

Illinois Joins the Fray: Strengthens its Laws Around Data Breach Notification and Data Security

Sophisticated phishing scams and muscular hacking efforts continue to compromise personal and sensitive information held by insurers, hospital systems, and businesses large and small. In response, many states have...more

Illinois Enacts Amendments to the Personal Information Protection Act

Last month, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law a number of amendments to the State’s Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”) that expand the definition of protected personal information and increase certain...more

Illinois Enacts Sweeping Changes to the Illinois Personal Information Protection Act

On May 6, 2016, Illinois joined a growing number of states that have strengthened their data breach notification requirements and expanded the definition of protected personal information. Effective January 1, 2017, HB1260...more

Illinois Makes Extensive Changes to Data Breach Notification Law

On May 6, 2016, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed HB1260, which significantly updates the state’s Personal Information Protection Act. The changes take effect on January 1, 2017. When the new law becomes effective,...more

Health Law Wire: Recent HIPAA Settlements Highlight the Importance of Business Associate Agreements (5/16)

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services that enforces the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, recently sent a clear message about the importance of business...more

Cyber Security

Roughly one million pieces of malware—computer viruses or malicious software—are released every day. In recent years, we’ve witnessed an unprecedented level of activity in the cyber arena, both in the form of increased...more

What's New with HIPAA?

A number of new developments have taken place related to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security compliance, and enforcement is increasing. Healthcare providers, health plans and other...more

Key Data Privacy and Security Concerns for Investment Firms

Privacy and data security concerns are among the most critical issues facing investment funds, advisors and managers (collectively, “investment firms”). This article outlines the privacy and data security challenges...more

OCR Updates HIPAA Audit Protocol for Phase 2

Recently, the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) provided an updated protocol that it will use when assessing compliance with HIPAA rules. OCR recently began Phase 2 of its HIPAA compliance audits, extending coverage of these...more

Expansion of HIPAA audit program now underway

As detailed in our latest webinar, “Daunting but doable: Preparing for the next round of HIPAA audits,” the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has begun implementing the first full-phase HIPAA audit program. The 2009 HITECH Act,...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

Tennessee Gives Businesses 45 Days for Data Breach Notice

Recent amendments to the State’s data breach statute give a hard deadline for a business to provide consumer notice, removes encryption safe harbor, exempts entities that are subject to the Health Insurance Portability and...more

Appeals Court Confirms that HITECH Violations Do Not Violate FCA

In an important recent decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed that a qui tam relator's claim that her former husband improperly accessed electronic protected health information (e-PHI) of her and her relatives...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of FCA Claim Based on Health Data Breaches

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) case premised on protected health data breaches. In United States ex rel. Sheldon v. Kettering Health Network, the...more

A New Tool for Health App Developers to Navigate a Crowded Regulatory Field

As regulators seek to define their authority and the scope of their enforcement power, more health apps will continue to flood the marketplace and transform how patients are treated. As mobile health applications...more

State AGs Upping the Ante on Health (and Other) Information Data Incidents – Expect Increased Enforcement Actions

State attorneys general (AGs) continue to emerge as major regulators of privacy, and increasingly, with respect to compromises of health-related data. Businesses concerned with U.S. customer or employee data have long...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

M.D. Phone Home: New Legislation Expands Telemedicine in Washington

On March 29, 2016, as Governor Inslee signed Senate Bill 6519, Washington became a friendlier state for telemedicine. The new law or “Telemedicine Advancement Law” has a long-winded official title: “Expanding patient access...more

Alert: OCR Begins Phase 2 of HIPAA Audit Program

On March 21, 2016 the US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the start of phase 2 (Phase 2) of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Audit Program. OCR...more

Sixth Circuit Rules That EHR Security Breaches Do Not Violate False Claims Act

On March 7, 2016, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that security breaches of individual electronic health records (“EHRs”) do not violate the HITECH Act and cannot support False Claims Act allegations. ...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

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