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HHS OIG Phone Scam Raises Patient Data Privacy Concerns

April 18, 2017 - The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) hotline number for reporting fraud was recently spoofed, according to an HHS statement. Individuals reported receiving phone calls claiming to be from HHS OIG, requesting that they confirm personal information and even wire money in some cases. HHS Assistant Inspector General for Investigations Thomas O’Donnell explained that thousands of calls...


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HHS OIG Phone Scam Raises Patient Data Privacy Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) hotline number for reporting fraud was recently spoofed, according to an HHS statement. Individuals reported receiving phone calls claiming to be from HHS OIG, requesting that they confirm personal information...

AMIA Calls for HIPAA Clarification in mHealth Patient Data

by Elizabeth Snell

While mHealth applications can help bridge the health IT gap between providers and patients, greater HIPAA clarification and even an expansion of the rules may be necessary, according to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). AMIA...

How HIE Security Concerns Impact Patient Data Withholding

by Elizabeth Snell

Concerns over HIE security and how patient data may be shared or accessed could lead to patients withholding some of their personal information, according to Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal, MD, MPP. Blumenthal explained in a recent...

How HIPAA Regulations Allow for Patient Data Access

by Elizabeth Snell

Patients being able to access their own information is an essential right under HIPAA regulations, according to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). However, patient data access is often misunderstood, and individuals...

Easing HIPAA Violation Concerns with Patient Data Access

by Elizabeth Snell

While the healthcare sector continues to work toward achieving nationwide interoperability, concerns over potential HIPAA violations with regard to patient data access is also on the rise. Covered entities need to allow individuals access to...

ONC Explains Patient Data Access, HIPAA in Latest Report

by Elizabeth Snell

While health IT has made progress on standards and economic incentives, concerns over HIPAA rules and patient data access can be a hindrance on the continued push toward nationwide interoperability, according to a recent report from the Office...

Tampa General Hospital Data Breach Settlement Reached

by Elizabeth Snell

A settlement was recently reached for Tampa General Hospital, following allegations of a health data breach where employees inappropriately accessed patient information. The hospital will pay $10,000 into a Settlement Fund, where payments to...

Practice Fusion Health Data Privacy Case Gets FTC Final Order

by Elizabeth Snell

A Federal Trade Commission (FTC) final order was recently approved, finalizing the FTC complaint against health data privacy concerns with Practice Fusion. The cloud-based EHR company had agreed to a settlement with the FTC in June 2016, over...

ONC Joint HIT Committee Discusses HIPAA Regulation Report

by Elizabeth Snell

Consumers falsely believing that their PHI is protected under HIPAA regulations, and an overall lack of clear rules as to how non-HIPAA covered entities handle sensitive information is a problem for overall economic growth, according to ONC Chief...

What Does Increased Patient Access Mean for HIPAA Compliance?

by Elizabeth Snell

More individuals than ever before now have electronic access to their own health information, according to a recent report from the American Hospital Association (AHA). However, organizations are required to offer patient access as part of their...

HHS Clarifies HIPAA Regulation Patient Right of Access Costs

by Jacqueline Belliveau

While HIPAA regulations state that patients have a right of access to their own health information, many individuals are left wondering just how much it will cost them to view their own PHI.  Fortunately, the Department of Health and Human...

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