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Out-of-Business File Storage Company Paid $100K for Alleged HIPAA Violations

Yesterday, DHHS’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a $100,000 settlement with a dissolved medical records moving and storage company in Illinois. This is another example of OCR bringing enforcement actions against a...more

$3.5 M OCR Settlement for Five Breaches Affecting Fewer Than 500 Patients Each

Yesterday, OCR announced its $3.5 million settlement with Fresenius Medical Care Holdings (“Fresenius”) to resolve alleged HIPAA violations. While the large settlement figure alone is eye-catching, the underlying facts...more

Connecticut Recognizes New Cause of Action for Breach of Patient/Physician Confidentiality

Based on the decision in a recent Connecticut Supreme Court case, patients may now sue physicians for breaching confidentiality. Previously, Connecticut did not recognize breach of confidentiality as a cause of action. ...more

CMS Clarifies that Texting of Orders is Not Permitted

On December 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Survey and Certification Memorandum (S&C Memo) to clarify CMS’ position that it prohibits physicians and health care providers from texting...more

'Tis the Season: W-2 Phishing Scams Likely to Resurface After the New Year

W-2 phishing season is just a few weeks away. For the past several tax seasons, cyber criminals have duped hundreds of payroll departments into providing W-2 information on their employees, which results in the filing of...more

Feds Warn of Critical Infrastructure Attacks as CT Releases Report on Utility Company Cyber-Readiness

According to Reuters, late on Friday, the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") and the FBI issued a warning in a report, sent to firms at risk of an attack, that critical infrastructure industries may have been targeted in...more

Legislature Addresses Ransomware Threat With Criminal Penalties

It is fitting that on the first day of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, new legislation takes effect regarding one of the most destructive types of malware. In response to the rapidly increasing rate of computer extortion...more

Protecting Data: Vendors May Be Your Weakest Link

A Verizon Communications vendor misconfigured a cloud server that caused the information of 6 million Verizon customers to be exposed on-line. When a cyber incident or data breach occurs on your vendor’s watch, regardless of...more

Data Breaches Most Expensive For Health Care Industry But Precautionary Measures Can Keep Costs Down

Data breaches have become commonplace in every industry. In health care, however, it costs much more to respond to a data breach than in all other industries in this country, according to the results of a recent IBM-sponsored...more

Information Security and Privacy Group News: Five Things You Can Do to Protect Your Business From a Cyber Attack

On Friday, May 12, 2017, a damaging ransomware attack swept across more than one hundred countries and infected tens of thousands of computers. As is becoming all too common, the hackers transmitted the ransomware via a...more

Information Security and Privacy Group News: Phishing Alert: Employee W-2 Information at Risk

It's happening again. This time last year, there were a substantial number of phishing attacks all over the country targeting employee W-2 information. According to the IRS, phishing and other schemes jeopardizing tax...more

Health Care Group News: OCR Releases New Clarifying Guidance In Response To Orlando Pulse Nightclub Attack

In an emergency, when there is a flurry of activity in a hospital, covered entities often struggle with who they are permitted to release patient information to under HIPAA. On January 11, 2017, the Department of Health and...more

Health Care Group News: Texas District Court Preliminarily Enjoins Partial Enforcement of Section 1557

In May of last year, the United States Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") enacted regulations implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. These regulations aimed to enhance language assistance and...more

Health Care Group News: Section 1557's Nondiscrimination Mandates

Physicians and other health care providers receiving federal funding, including Medicaid but excluding Medicare Part B, are subject to new regulatory requirements implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act...more

Nursing Home Mega Rule Finalized: Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements Not Permitted

In the final rule overhauling skilled nursing facility federal regulations for the first time since 1991, CMS prohibits all arbitration agreements at the time of admission. According to CMS, such pre-dispute agreements are...more

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