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UCLA Faces Lawsuit After Health Data Breach

July 22, 2015 - UCLA Health System is facing a class action case in California federal court, following a health data breach that potentially affected 4.5 million patients, according to Law360. The plaintiff, Michael Allen, argues that UCLA Health was negligent in its efforts to protect sensitive patient information, which included patient names, addresses, Medicare numbers and Social Security numbers....


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AHA: Prohibit Health Plan Identifiers in HIPAA Transactions

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should prohibit Health Plan Identifiers (HPID) and Other Entity Identifiers (OEID) when used within a HIPAA transaction, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). The AHA submitted...

A Review of Common HIPAA Administrative Safeguards

HIPAA administrative safeguards are a critical piece to the larger health data security puzzle that all covered entities must put together. The three types of safeguards are not only a federal requirement, but they all play an important role...

HIPAA Compliance and Mental Health: Breaking Down HIPAA Rules

HIPAA compliance is essential for covered entities and their business associates, but recent legislation has brought another issue to light: how can healthcare organizations stay HIPAA compliant when it comes to mental health? Some covered entities...

Which States Have a Data Breach Notification Law?

Data breach notification is essential for organizations of all sizes, and those in the healthcare industry are no exception. In fact, the HIPAA  breach notification rule requires that covered entities and their business associates notify...

Judge Disagrees With Employee Firing Over HIPAA Violation

A Montana judge recently ruled that a healthcare employee’s HIPAA violation did not preclude her from protection under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The employee had accessed personal information on coworkers for her union-organizing...

How Will New Research Bill Affect HIPAA Regulations?

A proposed health research bill could potentially affect the current HIPAA regulations, as it would allow covered entities or business associates to use or disclose PHI for research purposes without patient consent. Called 21st Century Cures,...

HIPAA Regulations Create Communication Obstacle, Says Survey

HIPAA regulations are a necessity for covered entities, but if a recent survey is any indication, they could also be creating issues for providers. The majority of surveyed providers – 61 percent – stated that HIPAA regulations pose...

ONC Workgroup Talks HIPAA Regulations, Interoperability

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Health Information Technology (HIT) Privacy & Security Workgroup met earlier this month to further discuss the ONC Interoperability Roadmap, and members brought up concerns about HIPAA regulations,...

Breaking Down HIPAA: Health Data Encryption Requirements

Health data encryption is becoming an increasingly important issue, especially in the wake of large scale data breaches like Anthem, Inc. and Premera Blue Cross. The HIPAA Omnibus Rule improved patient privacy protections, gave individuals new...

The HIPAA Risk Assessment: A Journey, Not A Destination

A HIPAA risk assessment can be an important tool in helping covered entities determine how they can best improve their overall privacy and security measures. With two large scale healthcare data breaches being announced already in 2015, it is...

Breaking Down HIPAA Rules: HIE Security

HIE security is an increasingly important issue, especially as the push for interoperability continues. We’ve previously discussed how the HIPAA Omnibus Rule made important impacts on several aspects of HIPAA rule, and how covered entities...

HIPAA Regulations v. FERPA Rules In Privacy Rights

HIPAA regulations were created to ensure that patients’ PHI remained secure, and that individuals would not have to worry about their personal information falling into the wrong hands. Similarly, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act...

Potential HIPAA Violations After Wisc. and Texas Thefts

Unfortunately, HIPAA violations can still occur even when healthcare facilities implement comprehensive security measures and keep them properly updated. Employee training can also help mitigate some risk, but organizations must be prepared that...

Breaking Down HIPAA Rules and Regulations: Business Associates

As healthcare providers strive to meet new mandates and reach new quality of care goals, they should always keep HIPAA rules and regulations in mind. The tangle of changes and multiple impacts to the workings of healthcare facilities can be...

Are HIPAA Regulations the Best Answer for Patient Privacy?

Patient privacy is an essential aspect of the healthcare industry, and HIPAA regulations were designed with that in mind. With the increase in EHR use, more facilities are turning to online systems. But are these new systems actually the most...

Should More Patients Worry About Healthcare Data Security?

An organization should always have the state of its healthcare data security as a top priority. Especially as technology evolves and more facilities connect to HIEs, implement new EHRs and potentially even consider telehealth, it is essential...

Why HIPAA Privacy and HIPAA Security Rules are Needed

The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is hardly a new concept in the healthcare industry. However, as technology evolves, it is important that facilities of all sizes continue to adhere to HIPAA and are...

What Constitutes a HIPAA Violation?

Covered entities must remain current on privacy regulations to ensure they do not commit a HIPAA violation. No individual wants his or her protected health information (PHI) to be unnecessarily made public. Not only is the information personal,...

Dorn VA Employee Elaborates on Healthcare Security Breach

Employee claims that personal health information documents involved in healthcare security breach were often kept in an unsecured room. A Dorn VA Medical Center employee has stepped forward to speak out on a security breach within the center....

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