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Canary in a Coal Mine: Analyzing Title IX, OCR, and On-Campus Sexual Misconduct Adjudications in Plummer v. University of Houston

It is unusual for a dissenting opinion to be more noteworthy than the majority’s holding, yet that is the case in Plummer v. University of Houston, a decision recently handed down by the United States Court of Appeals for 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

OCR, DOJ Heads Clarify Plans to “Reorient” Approach

by Barley Snyder on

With all of the issues the Trump administration is attending to as the nation’s transition continues, smaller -- but still-important -- issues aren’t getting much attention. But in late June, high-ranking federal officials...more

Title IX Update - July 2017

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Office for Civil Rights Indicates Changes to Investigation Protocols - The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has reportedly released an internal memorandum indicating a change to its investigation...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

How Can Healthcare Organizations Prepare for the Next Cyberattack?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

HHS OCR issues checklist, iterative guidance in wake of WannaCry and Petya attacks; Anthem breach settlement provides additional lessons. Key Points: ..Healthcare organizations are particularly vulnerable to ransomware...more

Tick Tock Tick Tock, When a Breach Occurs, You’re on the Clock!

As a reminder that state attorneys general have enforcement authority over breach notifications, the New York Attorney General recently announced a $130,000 settlement for a failing to provide breach notification in a...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

The Office of the National Coordinator Releases Guidance on Recent International Ransomware Campaign

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

With the news of the newest international ransomware campaign that is currently affecting some organizations within the Health Care sector, it is important to not only educate staff on necessary precautions, but also be aware...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

Transgender Equality: Coming to a School Bathroom or Locker Room Near You!

by Clark Hill PLC on

On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice issued a letter withdrawing the statements of policy and guidance reflected in the May 13, 2016 Dear Colleague Letter on OCR's enforcement of Title IX with...more

Office for Civil Rights Issues New Instructions on Transgender Student Complaints

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Changing course on complaints involving transgender students, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued new field instructions to its regional staff excluding discrimination claims based...more

New Rules: OCR Issues Internal Memorandum Impacting Enforcement Practices for Pending and Future Investigations

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Earlier this month, the U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights’ Acting Assistant Secretary issued an internal memorandum to Regional Directors eliminating certain existing internal procedures and detailing new...more

Office of Civil Rights Field Instructions Signal Shift in Approach

by Barley Snyder on

It was revealed last week that Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Candice E. Jackson, issued instructions to OCR regional directors on June 6, 2017, addressing the processing of complaints in...more

Investigating Transgender Student Discrimination Under New Education Department Directives

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Department of Education regional directors have been given new instructions on sex discrimination protections for transgender students under Title IX of the Education Act of 1972. Two updated, internal Office of Civil Rights...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

Office for Civil Rights Changes Complaint Investigation Policy

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Reversing the practice under the Obama Administration, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has just issued new internal guidance changing how regional OCR offices will investigate discrimination...more

Office for Civil Rights Reduces Scope of Investigations to More 'Swiftly' and 'Efficiently' Resolve Complaints

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported that, on June 8, 2017, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) distributed an internal memo containing new guidance that will provide regional offices...more

OCR Guidance Could Alter Scope of Pending and Future Civil Rights Investigations

by WilmerHale on

A memorandum obtained by ProPublica, if authentic, sets forth substantially revised guidance for civil rights investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The memorandum,...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

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