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HIPAA Breach? Notify Promptly or Face Significant Potential Fines from HHS OCR

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On January 9, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (HHS OCR), which enforces the privacy requirements contained in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), announced a...more

Foundations in HIPAA - Building Blocks of Health Law

by Baker Donelson on

Recent enforcement actions and the new Omnibus Rule implementing several HITECH obligations highlighted the need for a new look at HIPAA obligations for covered entities and now business associates. HITECH not only raised the...more

Healthcare Privacy – 2013 Year in Review

by BakerHostetler on

On January 25, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published the long-awaited HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule (Final Rule), which includes the most sweeping changes to HIPAA...more

OCR Releases Model Notices of Privacy Practices

by BakerHostetler on

Under the Privacy Rule, an individual has the right to adequate notice of how a covered entity may use and disclose PHI about the individual, as well as his/her rights and the covered entity’s obligations with respect to that...more

Hearing to Address HIPAA Accounting of Disclosures

The HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced that the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee’s Privacy and Security Tiger Team will hold a virtual, public hearing on Monday, September 30 from 11:45 a.m. to...more

OCR Delays Required Changes to Notices of Privacy Practices for Laboratories

The HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has granted certain clinical laboratories a temporary reprieve from the requirement to update their Notices of Privacy Practices (NPPs) by September 23, 2013, the deadline imposed by the...more

It's Never Too Late To Give Guidance: OCR Starts Releasing HIPAA Omnibus Rule Guidance In Anticipation Of September 23 Compliance...

by Akerman LLP on

This has been a busy week for the Department of Health and Human Services / Office for Civil Rights (HHS/OCR). It has started releasing guidance on various provisions of the Omnibus HIPAA final rule (the "Final Rule") in...more

OCR and ONC Release Model Notices of Privacy Practices

by Wilson Elser on

The long-awaited Omnibus Regulations (Omnibus Rule) adopted earlier this year by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requires covered entities to include new information in...more

Business Associate Definition Expanded and HHS Empowered to Impose New Civil Fines

by Wilson Elser on

Long-awaited omnibus regulations (Omnibus Rule) adopted earlier this year by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) made significant modifications impacting “business associates” to...more

Days Before Enforcement Date OCR Issues New Guidance

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Just days before the September 23, 2013 enforcement date for the new HITECH Act Omnibus rules, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights has published several new guidance tools and documents. On...more

HHS Office of Civil Rights Releases Several Model Notices of Privacy Practices

by Baker Donelson on

The HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently released several versions of a model Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP) for use by covered entity health plans and health care providers. The notices have been written specifically...more

OCR Publishes Model Notice of Privacy Practices

With the September 23, 2013 compliance date for the HIPAA Omnibus Rule only one week away, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have developed...more

Privacy Monday – September 16, 2013

Dis-Like! Senator Markey Urges the FTC to Investigate Facebook’s New Policies - As we previously reported, Facebook has proposed a number of revisions to its Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and...more

OCR Guidance to Address HIPAA Marketing Turmoil

In response to a recent lawsuit and outcry from a variety of players in the health care market, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has committed to issuing guidance by September 23rd (the compliance date for...more

Omnibus HIPAA/HITECH Rules Require Changes to Notice of Privacy Practices Prior to September 23, 2013

by Wilson Elser on

Earlier this year, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its long-awaited omnibus regulations that make significant modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security,...more

Health Law Blog: HIPAA Update: Don't Forget Your Photocopiers

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Affinity Health Plan has agreed to pay more than $1.2 million to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Regulations....more

Employment Law Blog: Regzilla Stomps Another One! - Idaho State University and the Compliance Gap Analysis

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Presumably at this point HIPAA, HITECH and the Omnibus Regulation have been published, digested and everyone is in full compliance with the requirements that have been set forth....more

Newly Effective HIPAA Omnibus Rule Makes Sweeping Changes to HIPAA

by Smith Anderson on

The long-awaited final omnibus rule (Omnibus Rule) that modifies the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) [1] took effect last week, on March 26, 2013. Leon Rodriguez, Director of the U.S....more

HIPAA’S FINAL RULE: Putting Things in Perspective – Comments from OCR

by K&L Gates LLP on

On March 22, 2013, Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) Director Leon Rodriguez presented the keynote address to attendees of the American Health Lawyers’ Association HIPAA/HITECH Conference in...more

Special Edition: Health Law Update - February 28, 2013

by BakerHostetler on

In This Issue: - A Baker's Dozen of Significant Changes From the HIPAA/HITECH Rule 1. Business Associates and Subcontractors 2. Breach Notification 3. Covered Entity Organizational Structures 4. Cloud...more

The New HIPAA Omnibus Rule & Your Liability — A Detailed Review

As we have reported in this blog, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released final regulations containing modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and...more

Expanding The Reach Of HIPAA Data Security And Privacy Requirements

by Michael Volkov on

In this information technology era, it is little wonder that the Obama Administration has made enforcement of data security and privacy protections a top priority. The enforcement emphasis reflects public opinion favoring...more

Final HIPAA Regulations: What's Changed (and What Hasn't) for Group Health Plans

The Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (“OCR”) has issued final regulations modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) Privacy, Security, Breach...more

What Employers That Maintain Group Health Plans Need to Know About the HIPAA Omnibus Regulations

by Snell & Wilmer on

On January 25, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published final regulations that modify the Privacy, Security, Enforcement and Breach Notification Rules issued pursuant to the Health Insurance...more

HIPAA, Gun Control, and President Obama's Executive Actions: What You Need to Know

by BakerHostetler on

All of the excitement surrounding the publication of the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule may have overshadowed another very important development in health information privacy. On January 16, 2013, the Obama Administration released...more

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