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Business Associates can refer broadly to individuals engaged in business relationships with one another. However, in the HIPAA context, the term has a specific statutory meaning and those characterized as... more +
Business Associates can refer broadly to individuals engaged in business relationships with one another. However, in the HIPAA context, the term has a specific statutory meaning and those characterized as business associates have expanded data protection obligations and duties. Essentially, a business associate under HIPAA is a person or entity that performs certain functions or services which necessitates exposure to protected health information on behalf of a covered entity. Typical business associate functions include: claims processing or administration, data analysis, billing, etc.    less -

Enhanced HHS HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool May Aid Health Care Industry Data Security Efforts

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Secretary Tom Price of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced his agency needs “to focus more on the most recent breaches and clarify when entities have taken action to resolve the issues that might...more

How Can Healthcare Organizations Prepare for the Next Cyberattack?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

HHS OCR issues checklist, iterative guidance in wake of WannaCry and Petya attacks; Anthem breach settlement provides additional lessons. Key Points: ..Healthcare organizations are particularly vulnerable to ransomware...more

HHS Publishes Health Care Cyber Attack Checklist

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

HHS has published a very brief guide, in the form of a checklist, to explain the steps for a HIPAA covered entity or business associate to take in response to a cyber related security incident. You can access the checklist at...more

Healthcare Data Breach Enforcements and Fines

by Bryan Cave on

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) is responsible for enforcing the Privacy and Security Rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”)....more

My Entity Just Experienced a Cyber-Attack! What Do We Do Now?

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

On June 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released a cyber-attack “Quick Response” checklist (the Checklist) for the benefit of HIPAA covered entities and business...more

OCR Publishes Checklist and Infographic for Cyber Attack Response

OCR released a simple checklist and infographic last week to assist Covered Entities and Business Associates with responding to potential cyber attacks. As cybersecurity remains a pressing concern for health care entities,...more

Impermissible Disclosure of HIV Information Results in $387,000 HIPAA Settlement

St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Inc. (SLRHC), a member of the New York-based Mount Sinai Health System, paid $387,000 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and entered into a corrective action plan...more

HHS OCR Resumes HIPAA Enforcement Action Announcements: Four New Settlements and Penalties Totaling More than $5 million in a One...

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

After a pause of nearly two months, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (HHS OCR) has resumed its announcement of settlements for alleged HIPAA violations, with four new settlement agreements...more

Health Entity Settles with OCR for Alleged Failure to Maintain a Business Associate Agreement

by King & Spalding on

The Center for Children’s Digestive Health (CCDH) recently paid the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $31,000 and entered into a corrective action plan to settle potential violations of HIPAA for an alleged failure to...more

Failure to Ensure Vendor Safeguarded Protected Health Information Costs Small Health Care Provider $31,000

by Reed Smith on

Having proper internal systems and procedures in place to manage data security is essential for organizations storing personal information in any industry. But health care organizations that rely on external vendors to...more

2017 HIPAA Enforcement – Appears Not To Be Slowing Down

by Snell & Wilmer on

To state the obvious, there has been some uncertainty regarding how the Trump Administration will affect federal agency enforcement efforts. However, at least, in regard to HIPAA Privacy and Security, the U.S. Department of...more

Settlement Highlights Need for HIPAA-Covered Entities to Have Business Associate Agreements in Place with PHI Vendors

by Dickinson Wright on

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (ORC) announced an agreement to settle possible Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations with The Center for Children’s...more

Another HIPAA Settlement: Stolen Laptop Costs $2.5 Million Plus Encryption Requirement

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced yet another HIPAA privacy and security settlement involving Protected Health Information (PHI) on a stolen laptop. Although this might be seen as just...more

$2.5 Million Settlement Reached as HIPAA Crackdown Continues on Unsecured Portable Devices

by Jones Day on

A recent settlement of $2.5 million for alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA") continues a trend of government enforcement targeting health care providers and vendors that fail...more

First HIPAA Settlement Involving a Wireless Health Services Provider

?On April 24, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that CardioNet, Inc. (CNI) agreed to pay $2.5 million and enter into a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) to settle...more

Failure to Implement Business Associate Agreement Results in $31,000 Settlement For Health Care Provider

On April 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that Children’s Digestive Health (CDH) agreed to pay HHS $31,000 for its failure to have a business associate...more

Small Healthcare Provider Pays $31,000 for Failing to Have a Business Associate Agreement With File Storage Vendor

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Disclosing protected health information (PHI) to a business associate without a compliant business associate agreement (BAA) is an improper disclosure under the HIPAA privacy and security regulations. According to the HHS...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

OCR Identifies Continuing HIPAA Enforcement Issues, Areas of Future Guidance and Regulations

Last week the Health Care Compliance Association hosted its annual “Compliance Institute.” Iliana Peters, HHS Office for Civil Rights’ Senior Advisor for HIPAA Compliance and Enforcement, provided a thorough update of HIPAA...more

HHS Expected to Release Significant HIPAA Privacy Guidance This Year; Compliance Audits Proceed; Guide on Compliance Program...

by WilmerHale on

HIPAA privacy guidance, audits, and enforcement are continuing under the new Administration. On March 27, 2017, Iliana Peters, Senior Adviser for HIPAA Compliance and Enforcement at the US Department of Health and...more

Hey Dentists: No Business Associate Agreement, No Problem

by Ruder Ware on

According to the U.S. Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR), dental practices are not required to have a business associate agreement with their dental laboratory before sharing protected health...more

HIPAA for HR - Some Good News for Employers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that was enacted to ensure protection of individuals’ protected health information (PHI). The Standards for Privacy of Individually...more

HIPAA Enforcement Update (October 2016 – January 2017)

by Locke Lord LLP on

Since October 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced four settlement agreements to resolve allegations of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)...more

Tracking the Data Bandits

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

In the iconic western, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Butch and Sundance are hard pressed to evade a posse led by the semi-mythical lawman, Joe Lefors, who is so adept that he manages to track them across solid rock. The...more

HHS Gets Agressive: HIPAA Audits from 2016

by Kiesewetter Law Firm on

HHS has become more aggressive with audits, and with increased penalties, covered entities and business associates simply cannot afford an audit on HIPAA rules and regulations. In March of 2016, HHS's Office for Civil Rights...more

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