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Electronic Medical Records

Henry Ford Health System Notifies 18,000+ Patients of Health Data Breach

On December 6, 2017, Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) disclosed that health information of 18,470 patients may have been viewed or stolen. HFHS became aware of the incident on October 3, 2017 after employee credentials were...more

New CMS Guidance on Information Blocking

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published two important guidance statements on so-called "information blocking," i.e., knowingly and willfully limiting or restricting the compatibility or...more

2017 Health IT Leadership Summit Insights

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Arnall Golden Gregory was a gold sponsor of the Health IT Leadership Summit, held on November 7, 2017 in metro Atlanta. More than 500 people attended the Summit, which was created in 2010 by the Georgia Department of Economic...more

Balancing Convenience and Risk: OCR Issues Statement on Use of Mobile Devices

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) recently issued guidance emphasizing the increased risks of using mobile devices in the workplace when the mobile devices contain or have...more

CMS Addresses Lingering Uncertainties and Raises Others via MACRA Information Blocking Guidance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued guidance intended to help clinicians eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) navigate an attestation required thereunder concerning the...more

ALERT: Prepare to be Ransomed: A Primer on Legal Obligations Before and After Ransomware Strikes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

According to a recent U.S. Government Interagency report, ransomware is the fastest growing malware threat, targeting users of all types. An incredible 51 percent of respondents in a January 2017 study by the Ponemon...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017 #4

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Energy and Critical Infrastructure Industries Warned of Increased Attacks by FBI and DHS - The FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a joint statement on October 20, 2017 warning of an increased danger of a...more

At least 473,074 Individuals’ Health Care Records Breached in September 2018

Unfortunately, September was another banner month for data breaches involving the health care industry. According to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) website, 39 data breaches involving over 500 records were reported to the...more

Open Enrollment for 2018: Don’t Forget about HIPAA!

With open enrollment in full swing for many employers, now is a good time to review employee benefit communications. Plan sponsors of health plans are generally responsible for properly administering all of the health plan...more

Is it HIPAA or HIPPA? Either way, it still applies.

by Winstead PC on

I have negotiated hundreds of SaaS agreements for dozens of software companies and I always hated when the company on the other side was a healthcare provider. Invariably, they would bring up Protected Health Information...more

Arkansas Surgery Center Hit with Ransomware

Arkansas Oral & Facial Surgery Center (AOFSC) was recently hit with ransomware that shut down access to health information of its patients and rendered some of it imaging files, including X-rays of patient inaccessible....more

Don’t Forget HIPAA’s “Minimum Necessary” Rule When Making Health Information Disclosures

by Nossaman LLP on

When Covered Entities or Business Associates or their counsel analyze whether a particular disclosure of Protected Health Information (or “PHI,” as defined in HIPAA) is permissible, they should be sure also to analyze whether...more

HIPAA Disclosures During Mass Tragedies

by Burr & Forman on

In light of the recent incident in Las Vegas, the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”), the government entity responsible for HIPAA Compliance, issued clarification guidance on the ability of a health care provider to share...more

Is Blockchain Technology the Solution to Health Care's Data Woes?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Many experts believe blockchain technology will drive innovation in health information and that it has the potential to solve critical health care issues, including interoperability, security, records management and data...more

Building a Health App? Part 3: What You Need to Know About FDA’s Regulation of Mobile Apps

This is our third installment in our series about the legal issues involved in launching a health app, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) refers to as “mobile apps.” The goal of this post is to provide you...more

Digital Currencies and Blockchain in the Medical Arena

by Knobbe Martens on

Recently, digital currencies, such as bitcoin, have greatly increased in popularity. Some of this popularity may be attributed to digital currencies’ many purported advantages over traditional currencies, such as that...more

HHS Issues Limited Waiver of HIPAA Sanctions Post-Hurricane Harvey

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has used its authority to waive certain provisions of HIPAA in response to Hurricane Harvey. HHS previously declared a public health emergency in Texas and Louisiana...more

FDA Issues Final Guidance For Medical Device Exchange of Patient Information

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance yesterday (September 6, 2017) entitled “Design Considerations and Pre-Market Submission Recommendations for Interoperable Medical Devices,” which is intended to “assist...more

Electronic Health Records And HIPAA Security: A Design Problem Fixable With Blockchain Technology?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In some respects, HIPAA has had a design problem from its inception. HIPAA is well known today as the federal law that requires protection of individually identifiable health information (and, though lesser-known, individual...more

D.C. Circuit Holds Cyber-Theft of Customers’ Medical Identifying Information Created Sufficient Increased Risk of Harm to...

Earlier this month, an appellate panel of the federal DC Circuit unanimously held that individuals affected by a healthcare insurer’s data breach in 2014 could pursue claims against the insurer stemming from the cyberattack....more

Health Care Companies Find Direction to Combat Cybersecurity Threats

by Burr & Forman on

More than 27 million patient records were affected by health care data breaches in 2016, according to a health care cybersecurity company. The cost associated with these breaches is staggering: an estimated $355 per stolen...more

Hospitals and Others Respond to “Red Tape Relief Project” Requests

Last week, a number of health care industry associations sent letters to Congress detailing ways in which the government could relieve them of the burdens associated with “red tape.” The letters are in response to the first...more

CMS Finalizes IPPS/LTCH Payment and Policy Changes for FY 2018

by Reed Smith on

CMS has published its final rule to update the Medicare acute hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) and long-term care hospital (LTCH) prospective payment system (PPS) for fiscal year (FY) 2018. CMS projects...more

Where is your PHI Data Traveling Today?

by Dickinson Wright on

With most vendors offering and pushing cloud computing solutions and offsite data backup, or guaranteeing offsite backup of data they process for you, many HIPAA covered entities and business associates are questioning...more

A Year in Review: FTC Data Privacy Actions and its Impacts on 2017 and Beyond

Whether it means taking a prominent role shaping data security for the Internet of Things, or addressing high profile breaches, the FTC has adopted an active position in policing data privacy and security. And, as data...more

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