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Congress Urged to Improve Healthcare Data Privacy Rule

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The current healthcare data privacy laws of 42 CFR Part 2 (Part 2), which discuss the confidentiality of drug and alcohol treatment and prevention records, need to better align with HIPAA regulations, according to the American Hospital Association...

Earlier HIPAA Audits Help Healthcare Data Breach Prevention

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Utilizing better communication, implementing a universal HIPAA audit certification system, and embracing cyber insurance are just some of the recommendations for better healthcare data breach prevention recently put forth by the Brookings Institution....

Understanding the Gray Areas in HIPAA Compliance

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Several weeks have passed since the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the launch of phase two of its HIPAA audit program. No surprises, then, that HIPAA compliance is a topic that’s receiving a lot of attention right now....

Reviewing the HIPAA Risk Assessment Process

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While the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that phase two of its HIPAA audit program is underway, covered entities of all sizes and their business associates should already understand the basics of a HIPAA risk assessment. Being able to...

Using Risk Assessments, Management for OCR HIPAA Audits

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There has been much discussion over the second round of OCR HIPAA audits, with covered entities of all sizes wanting to know how they can best prepare for a potential investigation. Having an updated and thorough risk management process will...

Top Tips for OCR HIPAA Audit Preparation

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With the most recent round of OCR HIPAA audits announced just last month, many healthcare organizations are working to ensure that they are prepared should they be called for investigation. While the announcement should not come as a total surprise,...

OCR HIPAA Settlement Costs New York Hospital $2.2M

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A recent Office of Civil Rights (OCR) HIPAA settlement agreement states a New York-based hospital must pay $2.2 million after it allowed unauthorized filming of patients, according a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) press release....

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...

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