In This Issue:
- What's at Risk
- Who's Peeking Into Your File?
- Quality Control Is Lacking
- How to Protect Your Health Information
- Excerpt from Who's Peeking Into Your File?
The Washington Post...more
A recently announced settlement between Anchorage Community Mental Health (“ACMHS”) and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) emphasizes, once again, the importance of compliance with...more
The Chinese market presents a tremendous opportunity for U.S. hospitals and providers, as long as the intricacies of data privacy and security issues are thoroughly understood. This includes Chinese regulations regarding...more
The delivery of health care – and payment for that care – is a complex endeavor, and health care providers and health plans rely on third parties to help them operate as businesses and fulfill their responsibilities to...more
Here Today, Still Here Tomorrow: FTC Settles With Snapchat -
Now you see it … and now it’s still there.
Mobile messaging app Snapchat went with a catchier slogan, promising consumers that pictures and videos...more
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has notably increased enforcement of compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) and Health Information...more
Here are the main legal topics on telemedicine and eHealth discussed during the ETSI eHealth Workshop on telemedicine where I gave a speech on the legal implications of telemedicine.
The Workshop was very interesting...more
The following is a summary of the major changes to HIPAA under the new Final Rule:
1. Breach Notification Standard Lowered — In perhaps the most significant change under the Final Rule, the new regulations considerably...more
Since the 2009 enactment of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (the “Act” or “HITECH Act”), compliance efforts associated with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of...more
Changes to the HIPAA Security Rule
Background: The HIPAA Security Rule protects electronic PHI by requiring Covered Entities to implement certain administrative, physical, and technical safeguards surrounding...more
On January 25, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the highly anticipated Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Omnibus Final Rule (the “Final Rule”). The Final Rule...more
On January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services issued the long-awaited revisions to the HIPAA rules, making a number of changes to the current HIPAA privacy, security, breach notification and enforcement...more
On January 17, 2013, the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the omnibus final rulemaking (Omnibus Rule). According to HHS, this Omnibus Rule is needed to strengthen...more
"Sweeping changes" is how Leon Rodriquez, of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR), characterized the effect of the final omnibus Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)...more
On January 17, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a new rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The omnibus rule is intended to enhance patient privacy protections,...more
On January 18, 2013, nearly four years after the passage of the HITECH Act and its amendments to HIPAA, and nearly three years after it proposed regulatory amendments, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”)...more
Originally published in Health IT Law & Industry Report, on January 23, 2013.
On Jan. 17, 2013, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (‘‘HHS’’) issued a long-awaited omnibus rule...more
The final rule is significant for any organization that is considered to be a HIPAA covered entity (“CE”) (health systems, health care providers, health plans, etc.) or the more broadly defined business associate (“BA”)....more
As we pore through the 562-page HITECH Omnibus Rule released by the Department of Health and Services late yesterday afternoon, here are some top line bullet points...more
On January 17, 2013, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the final omnibus rule that among other things (1) increases patient privacy protections...more
The final regulations from Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) containing modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules (Omnibus Rule) have finally...more
Since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy rules became effective in April 2003, there has been minimal enforcement activity by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office...more
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