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Another Key to HIPAA Compliance – Have Policies and Procedures and Implement Them, Too

On this blog, we have discussed the criticality of risk analyses – the assessment required by the Security Rule of the “risks and vulnerabilities” that an organization faces with respect to all of its electronic protected...more

HIPAA Settlements in April and May Highlight Key Compliance Concerns for OCR

After a break in March with no new settlement agreements, OCR returned in April and May with quite a few. The Health Care Data Aware Blog already posted about a $400,000 OCR settlement released April 12, 2017, which can be...more

Global Cyber Attack Highlights Need for President Trump’s Executive Order

Many companies from around the globe are continuing their recovery efforts after a massive ransomware attack affected hundreds of thousands of computers across various industries and throughout several nations. Ransomware is...more

Don’t Let a “Man in the Middle” Monkey with Your Health Data

There are numerous causes of breaches of protected health information (PHI), ranging from human oversights to “high-tech” errors. In April, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) within the Department of Health and Human Services...more

It’s Just Plain Risky Not to Do A Risk Analysis: Recent OCR Settlement One of Several Resulting from Failure to Analyze and...

On April 12, 2017, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced a settlement and corrective action plan with a Colorado federally-qualified health center, Metro Community Provider Network (“MCPN”), after a 2012 breach of...more

2017 HIPAA Enforcement: New Settlements and Penalties Already Total Over $11,000,000

In our last post, we highlighted the 2016 settlements between the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and various covered entities (and business associates), in one of OCR’s most active years. As of now, 2017 is proving to be on...more

[Event] HIPAA Compliance: The Current Audit and Enforcement Environment - August 4th, Richmond, VA

Featuring Iliana L. Peters, J.D., LL.M., Senior Advisor for HIPAA Compliance and Enforcement at the HHS Office for Civil Rights, and Members of Williams Mullen’s Health Care Practice...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

2016 HIPAA Audits to Begin: Are you Confident in Your HIPAA Compliance?

Although the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or “HIPAA,” has been around since 1996, with its implementing regulations first published in the early 2000s, it is definitely not “old news.” In light of...more

CMS Finalizes Major Changes and Clarification to the Stark Law Regulations

Introduction - Since the passage of the Physician Self-Referral Act, also known as the “Stark Law,” health care providers have had to learn to work within and adjust to certain statutory and regulatory exceptions in...more

Affirming the Need to Fix the Medicare Appeals Backlog: The AFIRM Act of 2015

If you are one of the many health care providers wanting to appeal a Medicare contractor’s reimbursement decision, you may need to be prepared for a long wait. Over the last few years, the backlog of appeals to the...more

Preparing for a Data Breach – What to Know about Breach Notification

Data breaches are at the forefront of the news, and many companies, including those dominant in the health care industry, have found themselves front and center in the headlines. Although recent news stories have focused...more

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