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Orthopedic Provider Agrees to $750,000 OCR HIPAA Settlement

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The Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic, P.A. of North Carolina has agreed to pay approximately $750,000 in OCR HIPAA settlement fines after an alleged healthcare data breach in 2013 involving a business associate, reported the Department of Health and...

Does HIPAA Compliance Give A False Sense of Security?

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The fact that HIPAA compliance isn’t bulletproof – that cybersecurity frameworks around health information require a new level of vigilance – is now axiomatic. Perhaps owing to whatever legislative sausage-making gave birth...

Why It’s Important to Define Business Associate Agreements

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In the healthcare industry, there is often so much that needs to be accomplished that one single hospital or clinic cannot do it alone, which is why they often enlist the help of business associates. As a way to protect any sensitive health information...

Why Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Are HIPAA Data Breaches

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In a recent issue of Forbes magazine, author Dan Munro asks the question, “Is Ransomware Considered a Health Data Breach Under HIPAA?”  In developing the answer to that question, Dan speaks with experts in the healthcare and...

HIPAA Compliance Knowledge Growing Amongst Healthcare Pros

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Healthcare organizations are doing more to remain HIPAA compliant compared to two years ago, says NueMD’s 2016 HIPAA Survey Update. The survey looked at HIPAA compliance trends amongst 927 healthcare professionals as a follow-up to a similar...

Top 5 Things to Remember About OCR HIPAA Audits

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With the second round of the OCR HIPAA audits set to start soon, it is essential that covered entities and business associates of all sizes ensure that they are HIPAA compliant and ready for a potential investigation. Organizations’ processes,...

OCR Releases Details of Phase 2 HIPAA Audits Starting Soon

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The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has announced Phase 2 of its HIPAA audits, according to a public announcement. The agency, which is a part of the Department of Health & Human Services, will be conducting these audits in an effort to keep...

Research Institute Agrees to Pay $3.9M in HIPAA Settlement

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Feinstein Institute for Medical Research will pay $3.9 million in a HIPAA settlement with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for a health data breach that occurred in September 2012, reports (HHS). The OCR stresses that research...

$1.5M HIPAA Settlement Fine for North Memorial Health Care

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North Memorial Health Care of Minnesota will pay approximately $1.5 million in HIPAA settlement fines after it failed to identify its business associates, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports. Healthcare business associates...

HHS Reviews HIPAA Regulations for Workplace Wellness Programs

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A recent Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) blog post by Jocelyn Samuels, the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, discusses how HIPAA regulations apply to wellness programs that are part of an employee-sponsored group health plan....

Congress Seeks Clarification of HIPAA Rules for mHealth Apps

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is not making a distinct enough effort to clarify HIPAA security regulations for mHealth app use and development, according to a letter from members of Congress. In November 2014, HHS committed...

The False Promise of HIPAA for Healthcare Cybersecurity

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The recent ransomware attack on Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center highlights the healthcare cybersecurity risks organizations face today. Unfortunately, this cyber attack also reveals the inadequacy of the HIPAA Security Rule to...

How HIPAA Regulations Support Quality Assessment Activities

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HIPAA regulations are designed to support the exchange of electronic health information in quality assessment/quality improvement and population-based activities, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). In the...

OCR Releases New HIPAA Guidance on Patient Right of Access

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The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released new HIPAA guidance to reiterate key points for individuals’ right of access when it comes to their own health information. OCR also clarified what is considered to be an appropriate fee for making...

$25K OCR HIPAA Settlement for Physical Therapy Provider

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) agreed to a HIPAA settlement with Complete P.T., Pool & Land Physical Therapy, Inc. after alleged violations that the physical therapy provider potentially exposed...

Maintaining HIPAA Compliance in Social Media Interaction

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Social media is everywhere – it’s used as a way to reach friends, family, consumers and even patients. In the healthcare industry, users of social media must be aware that there is a fine line between personal and professional information...

ONC Discusses HIPAA Regulation in Care Coordination

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has posted its third blog post in its series on HIE security under HIPAA regulation, this week covering how covered entities can exchange information for care coordination and care management...

Understanding HIPAA Compliance, Violation Concerns

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Regardless of a healthcare organization’s size, HIPAA compliance must remain a top priority. This is especially critical as technology continues to evolve and more covered entities continue to implement innovative tools such as mobile devices...

ONC: HIPAA Regulations Help, Not Hinder Interoperability

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It is a common misconception that HIPAA regulations hinder covered entities’ ability to move patient information, according to a recent blog post by ONC Chief Privacy Officer Lucia Savage, J.D. and ONC Privacy Analyst Aja Brooks, J.D. Contrary...

Home Health Provider to Pay $240K in HIPAA Violation Fines

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Lincare, Inc., will need to pay $239,800 in fines for a HIPAA violation, according to a notice from the Office for Civil Rights. This decision comes from an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the Department of Health and Human Services following...

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