Patient Privacy Rights

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Health Care Matters, Summer 2016

Special Masters in Health Care Antitrust Merger Cases: Resolving the Conflicting Interests - One of the most challenging aspects of antitrust cases in the health care field is the rich mixture of public interest...more

Health Update - August 2016

Section 1332 Waivers: Will We See More State Innovation? - Editor's Note: In a new essay for the National Institute of Health Care Management (NIHCM), summarized below, Manatt Health examines Section 1332 waivers and the...more

Nursing Facilities to Face Surveyors’ Review of Photo and Video Policies

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this month took aim at the unauthorized taking and sharing of photos and videos – including through social media – in nursing facilities. In response to media reports and...more

The Potentially Dangerous Intersection of Healthcare and Social Media

Lately, there have been numerous reports in the media raising patient privacy concerns due to healthcare providers’ use of social media in the workplace. A few examples include...more

Health Update - July 2016

The Vulnerability of Healthcare Information - According to a report the Brookings Institute issued in May 2016, 23% of all data breaches occur in the healthcare industry. Nearly 90% of healthcare organizations had some...more

Report Warns Providers of HIPAA Violations When Responding to Negative Online Reviews

ProPublica, a public interest investigative newsroom, recently identified more than 3,500 one-star medical reviews on Yelp in which patients complained about privacy issues. ProPublica determined that “in dozens of instances,...more

Recent Congressional Hearings

Congressional committees held hearings on a wide variety of on health policy issues this month before going on summer recess. Notable hearings include the following...more

Will you be shut-out if your college-age child has a medical emergency?

The time when a child goes off to college can be a stressful time for any parent. You know that you are giving up substantial control over your child’s safety and choices, but you may be relinquishing even more control than...more

[Webinar] Cloud licensing and health care data: Know the risks, learn the solutions - July 27th, 12:00pm CT

As identity theft and malicious attacks against clinical providers increase, more and more health care data is stored in the digital cloud. The health care industry is required to take special precautions when licensing...more

Court Declines to Prevent Merger of Washington Medical and Recreational Marijuana Markets

Over the last year, the Washington state marijuana industry has anticipated the transition from an unregulated medical marijuana market to an integrated, medical-recreational market on July 1, 2016, under the Cannabis Patient...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Dissemination of Patient-Specific Information from Devices

On June 10, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a draft guidance advising manufacturers on appropriate and responsible dissemination of patient-specific information from medical devices....more

Healthcare Lessons Learned From Reality TV

On March 31, 2016, a New York court determined that a lawsuit may proceed against a physician and hospital for breach of physician-patient confidentiality arising from a documentary series about medical trauma, NY Med. The...more

Reexamining HIPAA’s Applicability During Emergencies After the Tragedy in Orlando

Immediately following Sunday’s tragic shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, friends and family frantically gathered at Orlando Regional Medical Center, attempting to get information about their loved ones. However, hospital...more

Health Alert (Australia) June 13, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Judgments: Victoria 1 June 2016 - JPP v Department of Health and Human Services (Review and Regulation)...more

Study Finds Widespread HIPAA Violations Occurring on Yelp

It is no secret that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a trap for the unwary. A recent study by the non-profit ProPublica has uncovered that the online review site Yelp (as well as other...more

Facebook, Healthcare Provider Websites and HIPAA

In a class action Complaint filed in the Northern District of California on March 15, 2016, Kiesel Law LLP, on behalf of primary plaintiff Winston Smith and a potential class of others, alleges that Facebook received...more

Two Additional HIPAA Settlements Demonstrate Breadth of HIPAA Enforcement Activity

During the week of April 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced two significant settlements with a large New York City hospital and a North Carolina orthopaedic...more

Lights, Camera, Settlement: OCR says a picture is worth $2.2 million

A New York hospital has settled with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) for $2.2 million after allowing a TV crew for the ABC documentary series “NY Med” to film patients...more

Not Everyone Wants to Be on TV

It turns out that not everyone wants to be on television. New York-Presbyterian found that out the hard way. Back in 2011 the hospital allowed a television camera crew inside treatment areas to record footage for the...more

Proposed Changes to the Part 2 Regulations: Another Example of Necessary Flexibility in the Wake of Changes to Health Care...

On February 9, 2016, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published a proposed rule to update and modernize the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations governing...more

Latest "Ransomware" Attack Affects Hospital Data – How Secure Are Your Patient Data?

Several high-profile attacks on health insurance companies and health systems have taught us that health care entities are vulnerable to hackers, who hope to make substantial profit on pilfered health information. The recent...more

Will "Open Source" be the Future of Genetic Diagnostics?

One of the effective arguments made by the ACLU in the AMP v. Myriad case was that somehow permitting patents on genes implicated a patient's privacy right in her genetic material. This was also the theme of their public...more

Social Media for Physicians: Facebook or Faceplant?

Ever hear the one about the physician in an impaired provider program who appears in a Flickr photo with a martini in hand? How about the one about the physician's office manager who makes a comment on a patient's Facebook...more

Beware of Violating Patient Privacy Laws in Bankruptcy Claim Filings

Recent court filings highlight the need for health care providers to protect patient privacy by implementing specific procedures when filing claims in bankruptcy cases of their patients, as a matter of federal bankruptcy and...more

Provider Confusion and Interoperability Concerns Prompt OCR and ONC to Release Guidance on PHI Sharing

Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (“ONC”) and the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) released two fact sheets regarding permitted uses and disclosures...more

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