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Illinois’ Largest Health System Agrees to Stringent HIPAA Breach Settlement

The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced on August 4, 2016, a settlement agreement with Advocate Health Care Network, an integrated healthcare system with ten hospitals and a...more

HSS Issues New Guidance on Ransomware Attacks Against HIPAA-Covered Entities

Ransomware attacks at hospitals and other healthcare facilities have dramatically increased over the last several years, putting healthcare providers in the uncomfortable position of having to consider paying thousands of...more

Record HIPAA Settlement Paid by Hospital Chain

Federal regulators announced last week that Illinois’ largest hospital chain would pay $5.5 million, a record payment under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), in connection with three 2013 data...more

To Protect Data: Keep Your Network Access Close, and Your Vendors Closer

Two recent data breach incidents in the healthcare industry prove what readers of this blog have heard all too often: KNOW THY VENDORS....more

Ransomware Reporting Requirements & New HHS Guidance

Ransomware is malicious software that denies access to data, usually by encrypting the data with a private encryption key that is only provided once a ransom is paid. Sometimes the ransomware will actually destroy, steal, or...more

Hospital Text Messaging Rules Placed on Hold by Joint Commission

The Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals and other health care organizations, hit pause on its prior May 2016 announcement to allow secure text messaging in hospitals and other health care organizations. The use of...more

Unplanned EHR Disruptions–Common for Hospitals

The prevalence of ransomware attacks is increasing. In fact, “[o]n average, more than 4,000 ransomware attacks have occurred daily since January 1, 2016,” according to a recent interagency government report. Given this...more

University of Mississippi Medical Center settles HIPAA violations for $2.75M

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has obtained another big settlement from a covered entity resulting from a data breach. This most recent settlement of fines and penalties and a Resolution Agreement is with the University of...more

“Your Money or Your PHI”: OCR Releases Guidance on Ransomware

On July 11, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released important new guidance on ransomware for hospitals and other healthcare providers and finally addressed the question of whether electronic protected health...more

Significant Hospital Related Mid-Year Updated OIG Review Activities

This is the second of three alerts discussing the mid-year update to the Fiscal Year 2016 Work Plan issued by the Office of Inspector General (OIG). In the first alert we discussed the top management performance challenges...more

Healthcare Lessons Learned From Reality TV

On March 31, 2016, a New York court determined that a lawsuit may proceed against a physician and hospital for breach of physician-patient confidentiality arising from a documentary series about medical trauma, NY Med. The...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - June 2016

HHS recently announced delays to several rules and policies related to the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Policies postponed for later publication include the final 340B Omnibus Guidance, the Civil Monetary Penalties and Ceiling...more

New York Presbyterian Hospital Settles OCR HIPAA Investigation

On April 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced a $2.2 million settlement with The New York and Presbyterian Hospital (“NYP”) regarding NYP’s impermissible...more

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

A U.S. privacy crackdown: Hospital fined $2.2 million in filming of dying patient

Hospital patients who are dying or in extreme duress should not have their privacy exploited by reality television camera shows, federal health care regulators now have made clear. They have just settled with a noted New York...more

Not Everyone Wants to Be on TV

It turns out that not everyone wants to be on television. New York-Presbyterian found that out the hard way. Back in 2011 the hospital allowed a television camera crew inside treatment areas to record footage for the...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

OCR fines MN hospital system $1.55 million for not having BAA with billing vendor

On March 16, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a press release announcing that it has settled its investigation of North Memorial Health Care System (NMHCS), located in Minnesota, for $1.55 million saying that...more

Can Healthcare Providers Prohibit Employees From Using Recording Devices in the Workplace?

In the wake of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision in Whole Foods Market, Inc., 363 NLRB No. 87 (Dec. 24, 2015), hospitals and healthcare providers will need to revisit their employee recording policies. This...more

Also in The News - Health Headlines - February 2016 #2

ALSO IN THE NEWS: CMS Extends Deadline for Hardship Exception Applications – On February 26, 2016, CMS updated its online instructions for submitting a hardship exception application to reflect that hardship exception...more

Ransomware Strikes California Hospital – Could You Be Next?

In a chain of events that should be a wake-up call to any entity using and storing critical health information (and indeed, ANY kind of critical information), Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (“HPMC”) has announced that...more

Hollywood Presbyterian Concedes to Hacker’s Demands in Ransomware Attack

In a chain of events that should be a wake-up call to any entity using and storing critical health information, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (“HPMC”) has announced that it paid hackers $17,000 to end a malware attack...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review - January 2016

On January 5, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received for review a final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) entitled Covered Outpatient Drugs (CMS-2345-F). The rule had previously...more

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