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HIPAA Enforcement Update (February 2017 – April 2017)

by Locke Lord LLP on

In recent months, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced four settlement agreements and one civil monetary penalty to resolve allegations of Health Insurance Portability and...more

The Future Of The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act May Be Uncertain… But HIPAA Is Here To Stay

by Fraser Trebilcock on

While the future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and any potential replacement legislation is still in question, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...more

HIPAA Settlement With Wireless Health Services Provider Is Less Than Meets The Eye

by King & Spalding on

On April 24, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced a $2.5 million HIPAA settlement with CardioNet, a wireless health services provider. CardioNet provides remote mobile...more

Press Release Mistake Leads to $2.4 Million HIPAA Penalty for Health System

by Nossaman LLP on

On May 10, 2017, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced an agreement whereby Memorial Hermann Health System (“MHHS”) will pay a $2.4 million penalty for releasing a patient’s...more

Memorial Hermann’s Use of Patient Name in Press Release Leads to $2.4 Million HIPAA Settlement

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced another large HIPAA-related settlement last week with Memorial Hermann Health System (Memorial Hermann), the largest not-for-profit...more

HHS OCR Resumes HIPAA Enforcement Action Announcements: Four New Settlements and Penalties Totaling More than $5 million in a One...

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

After a pause of nearly two months, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (HHS OCR) has resumed its announcement of settlements for alleged HIPAA violations, with four new settlement agreements...more

Health Entity Settles with OCR for Alleged Failure to Maintain a Business Associate Agreement

by King & Spalding on

The Center for Children’s Digestive Health (CCDH) recently paid the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $31,000 and entered into a corrective action plan to settle potential violations of HIPAA for an alleged failure to...more

New York Institutions: Governor Reportedly to Order Comprehensive “Enough is Enough” Compliance Audit

Apparently prompted by allegations from students and advocates, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is reportedly directing an audit, to be conducted by representatives from the New York State Department of Education, Department...more

Deeper Dive: Forensics

by BakerHostetler on

A company’s ability to quickly and efficiently conduct a forensic investigation is critical to limiting the impacts of a data security incident and determining the scope of the incident. In BakerHostetler’s 2017 Data...more

Tips for Ensuring Your Organization Is HIPAA Compliant Amid Increased Enforcement Activity

Thus far in 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office for Civil Rights has continued the step-up in HIPAA enforcement activity we saw in 2016 and appears on track to exceed 2016’s enforcement...more

Office of Civil Rights announces $2.4M settlement with Texas Health System for release of patient name

On May 10, 2017, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced a $2.4M settlement with Memorial Hermann Health System, a not-for-profit health system located in Southeast Texas, which is comprised of 16 hospitals and specialty...more

Inappropriate Disclosure of a Single Patient Name Results in $2.4 Million HIPAA Settlement

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Texas’ Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS) paid $2.4 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and entered into a corrective action plan (CAP) to resolve allegations related to the impermissible...more

New York Attorney General Announces Settlements with Three Mobile Health Application Developers

by Jones Day on

New York has made a mark on the regulatory and enforcement landscape for mobile health applications ("mobile health app") with the New York Attorney General's ("NY AG") March 23, 2017, announcement of settlements with three...more

6 Takeaways from Memorial Hermann HIPAA Settlement: Press Releases Lead to $2.4 Million Payout

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On April 26, 2017, Memorial Hermann Health System (“MHHS”) agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) $2.4 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and...more

Wireless HealthHealthcare Services Provider’s $2.5m Settlement Demonstrates Why Understanding HIPAA Requirements Is a Must

by Dickinson Wright on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a $2.5 million Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) settlement with CardioNet, which is a company that...more

Global Ransomware Attack Makes Healthcare Organizations Wanna Cry

As has been widely reported, on May 12, 2017, organizations around the world, including Britain’s National Health Service, found their data held hostage by actors using a new variant of ransomware called WannaCry. According...more

Don’t Let a “Man in the Middle” Monkey with Your Health Data

by Williams Mullen on

There are numerous causes of breaches of protected health information (PHI), ranging from human oversights to “high-tech” errors. In April, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) within the Department of Health and Human Services...more

OCR Settles With Texas Health System for $2.4 Million for Disclosing PHI to Media In a Press Release

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a press release today announcing that it has settled alleged HIPAA violations with Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS) for $2.4 million. According to the Resolution Agreement it has...more

Failure to Ensure Vendor Safeguarded Protected Health Information Costs Small Health Care Provider $31,000

by Reed Smith on

Having proper internal systems and procedures in place to manage data security is essential for organizations storing personal information in any industry. But health care organizations that rely on external vendors to...more

2017 HIPAA Enforcement – Appears Not To Be Slowing Down

by Snell & Wilmer on

To state the obvious, there has been some uncertainty regarding how the Trump Administration will affect federal agency enforcement efforts. However, at least, in regard to HIPAA Privacy and Security, the U.S. Department of...more

Securing ePHI in a Mobile Health World

Could a lost cell phone or laptop cost your organization millions of dollars? Mobile devices have enabled vast improvements in the efficiency and quality of healthcare delivery. ...more

Button up Your Business Associates Agreements or Pay the Price

by Bryan Cave on

Last month, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a resolution agreement with the Center for Children’s Digestive Health (CCDH) which included a $31,000...more

$2.5 Million Settlement Shows That Not Understanding HIPAA Requirements Creates Risk

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In one of the best examples we have ever seen that it pays to be HIPAA compliant (and can cost A LOT when you are not), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, issued the following press...more

Settlement Highlights Need for HIPAA-Covered Entities to Have Business Associate Agreements in Place with PHI Vendors

by Dickinson Wright on

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (ORC) announced an agreement to settle possible Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations with The Center for Children’s...more

Your Business Associates Hold Your HIPAA Compliance Future In Their Hands: Eleven Things You Can Do

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Our partner Elizabeth Litten and I were recently featured again by our good friend Marla Durben Hirsch in her article in the April 2017 issue of Medical Practice Compliance Alert entitled “Business associates who farm out...more

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