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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

My Entity Just Experienced a Cyber-Attack! What Do We Do Now?

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

On June 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released a cyber-attack “Quick Response” checklist (the Checklist) for the benefit of HIPAA covered entities and business...more

OCR Releases Checklist On What To Do Following A Cyber Attack

by Murtha Cullina on

Since the WannaCry ransomware virus spread rapidly across the globe, businesses, both large and small, are again focusing on cyber-security. In a previous bulletin, we detailed five things that a business can do to help...more

New HHS Cybersecurity Preparedness Checklist

by Carlton Fields on

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently published a checklist to guide HIPAA-covered entities and business associates through an appropriate response to a ransomware or cybersecurity...more

OCR Issues Checklist for Responding to Cyber-Attack

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released guidance entitled “My Entity Just Experienced a Cyber-attack! What Do We Do Now?” The Checklist is a practical tool for health care entities and outlines several steps to...more

OCR Changes Investigation Protocols for Civil Rights Complaints

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Candice Jackson, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights’ Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, recently provided a “new internal guidance” memorandum to staff that significantly changes the Office...more

$387,200 Fine from HHS OCR for the Improper Disclosure of PHI to an Employer and a Volunteer Organization

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On May 23, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (HHS OCR) announced a settlement with St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, part of the Mount Sinai Health System, to resolve allegations...more

OCR Publishes Checklist and Infographic for Cyber Attack Response

OCR released a simple checklist and infographic last week to assist Covered Entities and Business Associates with responding to potential cyber attacks. As cybersecurity remains a pressing concern for health care entities,...more

ALERT – OCR Issues Quick Response Cyber Attack Checklist and Graphic

by Sedgwick LLP on

In the aftermath of the recent WannaCry ransomware attack and the May 12, 2017 notification from Laura Wolf, Critical Infrastructure Protection Lead of Health and Human Services (HHS) discussed in Cinthia Motley’s May 13,...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

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - June 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), has released a risk management reporting framework intended to "establish a common, underlying language for Cybersecurity risk management reporting — almost akin to US GAAP or IFRS...more

Check Please: OCR’s Future in the Wake of Proposed Budget Cuts

Published reports indicate that President Trump’s proposed budget includes what is approximately a fifty percent reduction in the prior fiscal year’s funding for the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil...more

Healthcare Law Update: June 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Medicaid - Florida's Medicaid Third-Party Liability Act Pre-empted by Federal Law - By Eddie Williams - In Gallardo v. Dudek, Sec. of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, No. 4:16cv116-MW/CAS, 2017 WL...more

Health System Paid $2.4 Million Settlement After Identification in a Press Release of a Patient Who Was Engaged in Fraud

by Dickinson Wright on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced a $2,400,000 settlement with Memorial Hermann Health System (“MHHS”) to resolve an investigation of an unauthorized disclosure of...more

Impermissible Disclosure of HIV Information Results in $387,000 HIPAA Settlement

by Saul Ewing LLP on

St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Inc. (SLRHC), a member of the New York-based Mount Sinai Health System, paid $387,000 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and entered into a corrective action plan...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – May, 2017 #4

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: Spring is in the air and I am spending the majority of my days at the various PPT and 504 meetings that have come on like a seasonal allergy. But to make matters worse, this is the season when parents...more

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

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