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The United States Department of Health and Human Services is a federal executive department established in 1953, as part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The Agency became independent in 1980 and was renamed The Department of Health and Human Services at that time. HHS is charged with protecting and improving the health of the American population, as well as providing essential services.    less -

Medical Records Production Company Sues to Prohibit Enforcement of HIPAA Medical Record Payment Policies

by King & Spalding on

On January 8, 2018, CIOX Health, LLC filed a complaint challenging two HHS policies limiting whether and how much a HIPAA covered entity can charge for providing copies of medical records. According to the lawsuit filed in...more

Causes of Healthcare Data Breaches

by Bryan Cave on

Pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), covered entities (e.g. healthcare providers and health plans) must notify the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) of breaches...more

HHS OCR Announces a $2.3 Million HIPAA Settlement Bringing the Agency’s Settlement Total for 2017 to Over $19 Million

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On December 28th, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced a $2.3 million settlement with 21st Century Oncology Inc. (21st Century) to settle potential violations of the HIPAA privacy...more

HIPAA access versus authorization

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

The nuances of the HIPAA right of access rule continue to pose challenges for health systems. Guidance previously released by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) included extensive information on all...more

HHS Office for Civil Rights Releases Research-Related HIPAA Guidance Required by 21st Century Cures Act

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In December 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“HHS OCR”) released two sets of guidance mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act, which was enacted in 2016 (the “Act”). The guidance...more

The President Can Tweet, But Can A Doctor Text?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Text messaging is a convenient way for busy doctors to communicate, but for years, the question has remained: are doctors allowed to convey sensitive health information with other members of their provider team over SMS? The...more

2017 Closes with $2 Million HIPAA Settlement

On December 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that 21st Century Oncology, Inc. (21CO) agreed to pay $2.3 Million in lieu of potential civil money...more

New HIPAA Guidance On Disclosure Of PHI Related To Opioid Abuse And Mental Health

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In our most recent post, the Top 5 Common HIPAA Mistakes to Avoid in 2018, we noted that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has recently published guidance on disclosing protected...more

Top 5 Common HIPAA Mistakes To Avoid In 2018

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Heading into its 22nd year, HIPAA continues to be misunderstood and misapplied by many, including health care industry professionals who strive for (or at least claim the mantle of) HIPAA compliance. Here is my “top 5” list...more

Office of Civil Rights Issues Guidance on HIPAA in Light of Opioid Crisis

by Burr & Forman on

With an increased focus on opioid use and addiction, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) has issued guidance related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of...more

North Carolina DHS Notifies 6,000 of Data Breach of Drug Testing Information

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has notified close to 6,000 individuals that a spreadsheet containing the names, Social Security numbers and test results for routine drug testing for employment,...more

The Office for Civil Rights Issues New HIPAA Opioid Guidance Document

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

In the wake of the presidential declaration of the opioid crisis as a national public health emergency, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a new guidance document on October...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 16

by Jones Day on

UNITED STATES - Regulatory—Policy, Best Practices, and Standards - United States and China Renew Promise Not to Hack - On October 4, U.S. and Chinese officials agreed to not engage in targeted hacking. Per a...more

Lessons To Be Learned From The Breach Of Nearly 500,000 Individual Health Records Reported In September 2017

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A recent report indicates that nearly 500,000 individual health records were breached in September 2017. This figure is taken from the 39 healthcare data breaches involving more than 500 records that were reported to the...more

Latest OCR Cybersecurity Newsletter Tackles Mobile Devices

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released its October Cybersecurity Newsletter last week with a focus on mobile devices. Given the amount of work conducted on mobile devices...more

HIPAA Check: Do You Know What to Do if a Breach Happens to You?

by Williams Mullen on

Breaches happen. They happen to major health systems, and they happen to solo practitioners. They happen to health plans, and they happen to health information technology vendors. In our technology-reliant world, it would be...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

Issue 114: Relief from HIPAA Certification Requirement

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the one hundred and fourteenth issue in our series of alerts for employers on selected topics on health care reform. This series of Health Care Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of...more

HHS Office for Civil Rights Issues Guidance on How HIPAA Allows Information Sharing to Address the Opioid Crisis

Following President Trump’s declaration of a nationwide public health emergency regarding the opioid crisis, the HHS Office for Civil Rights has released new guidance on when and how health care providers can share a...more

Health Care E-Note - October 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Health care providers are constantly receiving requests for copies of patient medical records. Some requests come by way of the patient exercising his/her right to access his/her medical records, some come by way of patient...more

2017 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 1) Health & Welfare

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2017 comes to an end, we are pleased to present our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in four separate Employee Benefits Updates. This Part 1 will cover...more

ACA’s Nondiscrimination Taglines and Notices Require Updating Your Notice of Privacy Practices

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

There has been confusion as to whether the Affordable Care Act’s nondiscrimination provision (“ACA”) affects a covered entity’s notice of privacy practices (“NPP”) or data breach notifications. OCR has issued guidance...more

Trump Administration Shelves Additional Obama Medicare/Health Plan Proposals

by Reed Smith on

The Trump Administration has formally withdrawn a number of pending Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposals that never reached the final rule stage. This includes: a controversial Part Medicare B drug payment...more

In the Wake of Harvey and Irma, OCR Reminds Providers of HIPAA Rules

As Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean rebuild after the latest string of deadly hurricanes and prepare for the possibility of future storms, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR)...more

What Hospitals Need to Know About the Natural Disaster Exception to Stark Law

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Hospitals operating in regions affected by the recent hurricanes and other natural disasters may be able to obtain temporary regulatory relief. During times of disasters and emergencies, CMS can provide some flexibility...more

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