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Personally Identifiable Information Healthcare

Lack of Timely Action and Knowledge of Risk Results in $3.2 Million Civil Monetary Penalty for HIPAA Violations

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (Children’s) was hit with a $3.2 million civil penalty from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for failing to take steps to properly protect...more

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas Clobbered by OCR

In a rare move by the OCR, it assessed a $3.2 million fine against Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (Children’s) after it issued a Notice of Proposed Determination against Children’s and Children’s failed to request a...more

Employer (Still) Has No Duty to Protect Confidential Information

by Barley Snyder on

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center continues to get support from the court system in a data breach suit that affected more than 60,000 former and current employees, as Barley Snyder attorneys continue to follow the...more

Employee Downloads Substance Use information Onto Flash Drive and Loses It

All of you reading this know I hate USB drives. I despise them. They are dead to me and you can’t talk me into allowing any company to use them unless they are controlled by IT and are encrypted at all times....more

Key HIPAA Settlement Agreements by HHS’s Office for Civil Rights in 2015 & 2016

by LeClairRyan on

The last time this blog presented an overview of key HIPAA settlement agreements at the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was a review of 2014. The number of complaints that year had...more

Data Breach Class Action Reinstated Against Horizon Healthcare Services Inc.

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has vacated a district court's dismissal of a data breach class action filed against Horizon Healthcare Services Inc., in the wake of the 2013 theft of two computer laptops...more

Vendor Causes Breach of Over 5,000 Patient Records

The continued risk that vendors pose to companies, including health care entities cannot be overemphasized. This week, Sentara Healthcare (Sentara) announced that one of its third-party vendors was the victim of a...more

The Anthem Breach – A Retrospective

by LeClairRyan on

Many people and news outlets have opined, weighed in, and informed the public about the 2015 Anthem breach. It is still a hot topic in January 2017, because it currently lines up with other hot stories about hacking ordered...more

U.S. Military Special Operations Command Workers’ Data Exposed by Vendor

Military personnel continue to be victimized by data breaches. This time, the personal information of healthcare workers employed by Potomac Healthcare Solutions (Potomac), who work for a U.S. Special Operations Command were...more

New Hampshire Psychiatric Hospital Patient Records Posted Online by Former Patient

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has notified up to 15,000 patients of its psychiatric hospital (New Hampshire Hospital) that their names, addresses, Social Security numbers, Medicaid ID numbers and...more

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Applications Exposed in Cyber Attack

The Nevada Division of Public Health has announced that its Medical Marijuana Program online database has suffered a cyber-attack that has exposed 11,700 applications requesting approval to open a medical marijuana...more

ONC and OCR Issue Joint Fact Sheet on Use of PHI for Public Health Activities

Whenever fact sheets or other guidance is issued by either the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) or the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), it helps gain insight into the thinking of the...more

Quest Diagnostics Announces Breach of 34,000 Records

Quest Diagnostics, which operates medical laboratories, has announced that 34,000 customer records were exposed during a hacking incident that occurred on November 26th. The hacker obtained access to the information through...more

UMass Amherst Settles HIPAA Violations with OCR for $650,000

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced that the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) has agreed to settle an investigation against it as a result of a malware infection for $650,000, along with implementing a...more

Critical Cyber-Attack on Hospitals Now A Reality- A View From ‘Across the Pond’

Serious trouble for all health and care providers looms large. High risk women in labour and major trauma cases are being diverted to other hospitals after a cyber-attack recently shut down services at a hospital in the...more

Confusing Joint Guidance published by OCR and FTC on HIPAA Authorization Forms

There are arguments that there is a dearth of guidance by both the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), so when guidance comes out, we listen. But the most recent guidance jointly issued by the...more

HHS Publishes New Guidance on HIPAA and Cloud Computing

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a new guidance regarding HIPAA compliance and the use of cloud computing solutions. The guidance is intended to assist covered entities...more

St. Joseph Health Settles with OCR for $2.14 Million

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced that it has entered into a settlement with St. Joseph Health, which operates hospitals and nursing homes in California, Texas and New Mexico, for $2.14 million for alleged HIPAA...more

U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on Student Medical Records

On September 14, 2016, the Department of Education (DOE) issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” to provide guidance on the application of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to the disclosure of student medical...more

Surgeon General Notifies Employees of Breach

According to the Surgeon General of the United States, the personal information of current, former and retired employees of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and their dependents has been compromised....more

Central Ohio Urology Group Notifies 300,000 Patients of Breach

Approximately 300,000 patients of Central Ohio Urology Group have been notified that their protected health information has been stolen and posted online. Although the actual date of the hacking has not been released,...more

16 data breach class action lawsuits filed again 21st Century Oncology consolidated

We previously reported that 21st Century Oncology suffered a data breach in October 2015 involving an intrusion into its systems which compromised around 2 million patients’ records, including their names, Social Security...more

Small-Breach Focus Shows Growing Scope Of HIPAA Probes

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Flexing yet more enforcement muscle under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, on Aug. 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights announced that it will more widely...more

Information From 700+ Patients Stolen from LAC+USC Medical Center

Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center (LAC+USC) has notified patients that the protected health information of over 700 patients seen in the LAC+USC neurosurgery clinic was stolen from an employee’s car. The information,...more

MedStar Health Cardiology Associates Employee Emails Patient Information to Personal Account and Gets Fired

MedStar Health Cardiology Associates, (“MedStar Cardiology”) affiliated with MedStar Health, which was recently in the news for a ransomware attack, discovered that an employee sent protected health information of 907...more

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