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Small Healthcare Provider Pays $31,000 for Failing to Have a Business Associate Agreement With File Storage Vendor

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Disclosing protected health information (PHI) to a business associate without a compliant business associate agreement (BAA) is an improper disclosure under the HIPAA privacy and security regulations. According to the HHS...more

OCR Levies Hefty Fine Against FQHC

Showing no signs of letting up on enforcement actions, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) late last week settled an investigation against Metro Community Provider Network MCPN, a Colorado based federally qualified health...more

Phishing Incident Leads to $400,000 HIPAA Settlement

by Saul Ewing LLP on

?On April 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) agreed to pay HHS $400,000 to settle alleged HIPAA Security Rule...more

Gone Phishin’: Hack Leads to HIPAA Settlement

While your business may indeed be a “victim” when hit by a phishing attack, your enterprise can also be responsible for violations of law associated with the incident. Earlier this week, the HHS Office for Civil Rights...more

$400,000 Settlement Highlights Need for Pre- and Post-Breach Safeguards

by Dickinson Wright on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has announced another Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) settlement. This one is with Metro Community Provider...more

ABCD Pediatrics Victim of Ransomware

ABCD Pediatrics, located in San Antonio, Texas has notified the Office for Civil Rights that a ransomware cyber intrusion has resulted in access to its servers, including the protected health information (PHI) of its...more

OCR Urges Covered Entities and Business Associates to Use HTTPS

New guidance from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) urges covered entities and business associates to use Secure Hypertext Transport Protocol (HTTPS) to protect communications from vulnerabilities. According to OCR, the...more

AGG Food and Drug Newsletter - April 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

Gone Phishin’: Hack Leads to HIPAA Settlement

Earlier this week, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced a $400,000 settlement with Metro Community Provider Network (“MCPN”) related to a 2012 HIPAA breach caused by a phishing scam. The phishing scam, carried...more

Telecommuting Healthcare Employees Get Employers in HIPAA Compliance Hot Water

by Dickinson Wright on

As the healthcare industry has expanded to providing home healthcare services, more service providers are allowing their employees to work remotely, i.e., telecommuting. The flexibility for healthcare workers to work from...more

HIPAA Guidance Issued on Man-In-The-Middle Attacks

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last week, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance on securing end-to-end communications for sensitive information transmitted between parties over the internet. The OCR warns against “man-in-the-middle” (MITM)...more

New HHS OCR Director Appointed – A Change in Course for HIPAA Enforcement?

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

In late March, Roger Severino was appointed to be the new Director of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (HHS OCR), the office responsible for enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and...more

Don’t Be Unprepared For Student-On-Student Sexual Assault Allegations

by Fisher Phillips on

Many are aware of the alarming rise in the number of student sexual assaults on college campuses across the country. The May 2015 issue of JAMA Pediatrics reported that one in five women will be the victim of a sexual assault...more

Recent HIPAA Privacy and Security Settlements and Lessons Learned

by Perkins Coie on

Although the fate of the Affordable Care Act remains undecided, enforcement of the HIPAA privacy and security regulations by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is ongoing,...more

Beware of the Man-In-The-Middle: Malicious Eavesdroppers on the Internet

Imagine this: Dr. Primary is treating Patty Patient for substance abuse and emails Patty Patient’s protected health information (PHI) to a treatment clinic. Before the email arrives at the clinic, it is intercepted by a third...more

OCR Identifies Continuing HIPAA Enforcement Issues, Areas of Future Guidance and Regulations

Last week the Health Care Compliance Association hosted its annual “Compliance Institute.” Iliana Peters, HHS Office for Civil Rights’ Senior Advisor for HIPAA Compliance and Enforcement, provided a thorough update of HIPAA...more

Title IX Update - April 2017

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

University of Alaska System – February 2017 - In late February, the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) entered into a Resolution Agreement with the University of Alaska System related to a compliance...more

2017 HIPAA Enforcement: New Settlements and Penalties Already Total Over $11,000,000

by Williams Mullen on

In our last post, we highlighted the 2016 settlements between the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and various covered entities (and business associates), in one of OCR’s most active years. As of now, 2017 is proving to be on...more

HHS Expected to Release Significant HIPAA Privacy Guidance This Year; Compliance Audits Proceed; Guide on Compliance Program...

by WilmerHale on

HIPAA privacy guidance, audits, and enforcement are continuing under the new Administration. On March 27, 2017, Iliana Peters, Senior Adviser for HIPAA Compliance and Enforcement at the US Department of Health and...more

OCR Signals Continued Title IX Enforcement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced the resolution of two Title IX sexual violence complaints filed against a private university in Ohio. In the resolution letter and agreement, which...more

Hey Dentists: No Business Associate Agreement, No Problem

by Ruder Ware on

According to the U.S. Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR), dental practices are not required to have a business associate agreement with their dental laboratory before sharing protected health...more

Final Rule on Health Plan Nondiscrimination

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Although bathroom use seems to be at the forefront with the media in regards to transgender issues; there are several other issues to consider, and the final rule on health plan nondiscrimination is no exception. Transgender...more

DWT Releases Latest Health Care Breach Charts

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Following the HITECH Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued regulations requiring HIPAA covered entities to provide certain notifications for breaches of unsecured...more

HIPAA Checkup – How Good Are Your Policies and Procedures?

by Snell & Wilmer on

Although it is not a new requirement, it is important and therefore worth a reminder: HIPAA requires covered entities to establish and implement written policies and procedures that are consistent with its Privacy and...more

OCR Releases Guidance on Reporting and Monitoring Cyber Threats

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released new guidance on reporting and monitoring cyber threats. The guidance urges covered entities and business associates to...more

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