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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

OCR Clarifies Privacy Rule for Sharing PHI on Opioid Overdoses

In the wake of the national opioid overdose crisis, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has provided clarification on when covered entities are permitted to disclose patient information during opioid emergencies....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

Building a Health App? Part 6: HIPAA and Other Privacy and Security Considerations

Consumers are increasingly turning to health apps for a variety of medical and wellness-related purposes. This has in turn caused greater amounts of data—including highly sensitive information—to flow through these apps....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

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

by Williams Mullen on

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

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

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

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

by Williams Mullen on

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

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 Releases Checklist On What To Do Following A Cyber Attack

by Murtha Cullina on

Since the WannaCry ransomware virus spread rapidly across the globe, businesses, both large and small, are again focusing on cyber-security. In a previous bulletin, we detailed five things that a business can do to help...more

New HHS Cybersecurity Preparedness Checklist

by Carlton Fields on

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently published a checklist to guide HIPAA-covered entities and business associates through an appropriate response to a ransomware or cybersecurity...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

Tips for Ensuring Your Organization Is HIPAA Compliant Amid Increased Enforcement Activity

Thus far in 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office for Civil Rights has continued the step-up in HIPAA enforcement activity we saw in 2016 and appears on track to exceed 2016’s enforcement...more

6 Takeaways from Memorial Hermann HIPAA Settlement: Press Releases Lead to $2.4 Million Payout

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On April 26, 2017, Memorial Hermann Health System (“MHHS”) agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) $2.4 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and...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

Securing ePHI in a Mobile Health World

Could a lost cell phone or laptop cost your organization millions of dollars? Mobile devices have enabled vast improvements in the efficiency and quality of healthcare delivery. ...more

Button up Your Business Associates Agreements or Pay the Price

by Bryan Cave on

Last month, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a resolution agreement with the Center for Children’s Digestive Health (CCDH) which included a $31,000...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

Your Business Associates Hold Your HIPAA Compliance Future In Their Hands: Eleven Things You Can Do

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Our partner Elizabeth Litten and I were recently featured again by our good friend Marla Durben Hirsch in her article in the April 2017 issue of Medical Practice Compliance Alert entitled “Business associates who farm out...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

A Draft Won’t Do: OCR Settles with CardioNet $2.5m for Failing to Finalize Policies and Procedures

On April 24, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that CardioNet, a provider of remote mobile monitoring and rapid response services to patients at risk for cardiac...more

Two HIPAA Mistakes Lead to Fines from OCR

It was a busy April for the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) (see our prior post on a settlement from earlier in April). On April 20, OCR announced a Resolution Agreement with Center for Children’s Digestive Health, S.C....more

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