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HIPAA spring check-up: Your obligations to safeguard third-party patient health information in medical records produced in...

You’ve had your apple a day, but you can’t keep the subpoenas away… And, if your organization is facing a request seeking records or other materials that may contain patient health information (“PHI”), it bears...more

Are Healthcare Systems Being Held Hostage by Ransomware?

by Revision Legal on

Healthcare ransomware is one of the biggest cybersecurity concerns in existence and it may have particularly serious implications for healthcare systems. Ransomware is a form of malicious software code that is somehow...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

HHS Plans To Launch Cybersecurity Center Focused On Medical App Security

by Dentons on

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on April 20 that it plans to launch a cybersecurity initiative modeled on the US Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications...more

HHS to Launch Cybersecurity Center

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will soon launch a healthcare focused cybersecurity initiative modeled on the Homeland Security Department’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center...more

Medical Board Investigations Transcend the Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege

In Cross v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County, No. B277600, the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Five recently held that (1) the psychotherapist-patient privilege does not protect the subpoenaed records...more

Mobile targeting: A ‘secret weapon’ for good or ill?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

It’s an advertiser’s dream — the ability to target customers through their mobile devices, right to down to where they are and what they are doing. But can such precisely targeted messages become a recipient’s nightmare?...more

Five Trends in False Claims Act Enforcement: Take Two

In July 2015, we posted about the N.Y. Attorney General’s False Claims Act (FCA) settlements with Trinity HomeCare and its related entities, and how the case provided insight into the future of FCA enforcement. We identified...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

Privacy and Information Security a Top Priority in California under Xavier Becerra

by Fisher Phillips on

Governor Jerry Brown’s selection of Congressman Xavier Becerra to succeed (now Senator) Kamala Harris as the new Attorney General of California was a surprising move that brings into power in California a seasoned advocate of...more

Substance Use Disorder Treatment Providers: Time for a Compliance Check

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

On January 18, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ("SAMHSA"), an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, issued a Final Rule amending the Confidentiality of Alcohol and...more

Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records - Final Rule Revising Regulations

by Ruder Ware on

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a final rule to update and modernize the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations effective February 17, 2017. ...more

New HHS Secretary Delays Effective Date of Part 2 Final Rule

We previously reported that the 30 year old regulations (last updated in 1987) relating to the disclosure of substance abuse treatment information has been updated by SAMHSA to bring it into the modern world of electronic...more

Six Key Changes to the Common Rule

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On January 19, 2017, sixteen federal agencies, including the Departments of Health and Human Services and Labor, published the first revision to the federal regulations governing the protection of human subjects participating...more

SAMHSA Modernizes Regulations Governing the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Records

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

After nearly thirty years since the last substantive change to the law, on January 18, 2017, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published its final rule (the “Final Rule”) implementing...more

Health Alert (Australia) February 6, 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Commonwealth. Federal Court 31 January 2017 - Polan v Goulburn Valley Health (No 2) [2017] FCA 30 INDUSTRIAL LAW –...more

Final Rule Modernizes Substance Use Disorder Patient Record Confidentiality Regulations

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On January 18, 2017, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released its long-awaited final rule amending the confidentiality regulations at 42 CFR Part 2 (Part 2) that apply to federally...more

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Issues Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient...

by King & Spalding on

On January 13, 2017, SAMHSA issued a Final Rule updating the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations (42 C.F.R. Part 2). SAMHSA also issued a Supplemental Proposed Rule requesting comments on...more

SAMHSA Continues to Update Rules Related to Substance Abuse Records

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On January 13, 2017, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued the Final Rule to revise 42 C.F.R. Part 2 (Part 2 Regulations) – the federal regulations that govern the confidentiality of...more

Eight Things to Know About the New Federal Substance Use Disorder Privacy Rule

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A final rule published on January 18 implements the first major revisions to the federal regulations governing the confidentiality of substance-use disorder patient records (Part 2) since 1987. It finalizes a proposal from...more

HHS Modifies Drug and Alcohol Abuse Confidentiality Regulations, Proposes Additional Revisions

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a final rule (the Final Rule) modifying the federal regulations governing the...more

The 21st Century Cures Act: FDA Reforms Aim to Spur Innovation in the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Health Research Sectors

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act (Act), one of the most important pieces of health care and life sciences legislation in several decades. The Act is intended to spur the rapid...more

Five Key Issues Impacting Health Care Employers

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Employers in the health care industry are likely to face significant changes under President-elect Donald J. Trump’s administration and should expect a healthy dose of uncertainty for the next few months. During his campaign,...more

Best Practices for Safeguarding Protected Health Information in Inclement Weather

As the East Coast prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, covered entities and business associates should take the opportunity to remind their workforce members to safeguard protected health information (PHI) that is...more

New CMS Guidance on Abuse of Patient Privacy Rights

by Williams Venker & Sanders on

Last month, I noted recent media reports raising patient privacy concerns due to health care providers’ use of social media in the workplace [The Potentially Dangerous Intersection of Healthcare and Social Media]. It appears...more

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