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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

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

OIG Initiates Monthly Updates to its Work Plan and Adds New Items

by King & Spalding on

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently announced that, effective June 15, 2017, the agency will update its Work Plan website monthly instead of only once or twice per year. In developing its Work Plan, OIG...more

HHS Releases Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force Report

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its “Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry,” which is the culmination of a year-long effort on behalf of the Cybersecurity Task...more

Increased Focus on Health Care Cybersecurity: HHS Releases Long-Awaited Report and Cyber Attack Quick-Response Checklist

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) issued a recent report noting that cybersecurity is a key public health concern that needs “immediate and aggressive attention.” Shortly thereafter, HHS’ Office for Civil...more

HHS Report Urges Health Care Industry to Address Cybersecurity Risks

In early June 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Care Industry Cybersecurity (HCIC) Task Force released a “Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry” (the Report). The...more

HHS Releases Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force Report

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its “Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry,” which is the culmination of a year-long effort on behalf of the Cybersecurity Task...more

$2.5 Million Settlement Shows That Not Understanding HIPAA Requirements Creates Risk

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In one of the best examples we have ever seen that it pays to be HIPAA compliant (and can cost A LOT when you are not), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, issued the following press...more

Lessons Gleaned From Recent HIPAA Settlements: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: How Recent OCR Enforcement...

by McGuireWoods LLP on

HIPAA enforcement has been on the rise during the last several years, and the dollar impact of those settlements has continued to grow significantly. The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (OCR)...more

Hospital pays $3.2M Resulting from HIPAA Security Rule Noncompliance

In one of the last health care related acts of President Obama’s administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), imposed a multimillion-dollar HIPAA civil money penalty (CMP)...more

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

HHS Modifies Drug and Alcohol Abuse Confidentiality Regulations, Proposes Additional Revisions

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a final rule (the Final Rule) modifying the federal regulations governing the...more

SAMHSA Issues Final Rule for Update to Part 2

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued its final rule updating proposed changes to the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations (also known as 42 CFR Part 2...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

Beware of Phishing Email Disguised as Official OCR Audit Communication

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has posted an alert (and a follow-up alert) warning health plans, health care providers, and their vendors of a mock communication...more

HIPAA Settlement Emphasizes Importance of Accurate Hybrid Entity Designations

On November 22, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), announced that University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMA) agreed to settle allegations relating to the HIPAA Privacy...more

Cloud Service Providers Beware, You May Be Subject to HIPAA Without Knowing It

by BakerHostetler on

The use of cloud service providers has exploded in the past several years. According to estimates from Gartner, the market for cloud services is expected to reach $204 billion in 2016. But the use of cloud service providers...more

HHS Designates Cloud Service Providers as Business Associates Under HIPAA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Cloud service providers that process electronic protected health information (ePHI) are business associates under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), even if the PHI is encrypted and 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

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

HSS Issues New Guidance on Ransomware Attacks Against HIPAA-Covered Entities

Ransomware attacks at hospitals and other healthcare facilities have dramatically increased over the last several years, putting healthcare providers in the uncomfortable position of having to consider paying thousands of...more

HIPAA Hat Trick: Security Violations Lead to Three Major Settlements

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Look no further than the last three weeks for proof that HIPAA enforcement is on the rise. Failure to maintain the security of information systems containing patient information has cost healthcare providers over $10...more

Illinois Revises Data Privacy Statute

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Earlier this year, Illinois enacted a number of changes to the Illinois Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”). The amendments to PIPA, among other things, expand the definition of personal information subject to...more

Health Update - July 2016

The Vulnerability of Healthcare Information - According to a report the Brookings Institute issued in May 2016, 23% of all data breaches occur in the healthcare industry. Nearly 90% of healthcare organizations had some...more

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