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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...

Are You Prepared for the OCR HIPAA Audits?

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If Paul Revere were alive today, instead of warning, “The British are coming!” he might proclaim to healthcare organizations, “The auditors are coming! Be prepared!” Although the HITECH Act audit requirement became effective...

What are Top HIPAA Compliance Concerns, Obstacles?

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Maintaining HIPAA compliance should always be a key area for leaders in the healthcare industry, but as technology continues to evolve, there are numerous factors coming into play that could affect how organizations keep patient data secure....

Understanding Physical Safeguards, Healthcare Data Security

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When creating strong healthcare data security measures, physical safeguards serve as a primary line of defense from potential threats. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) defines physical safeguards as the following: Physical...

HIPAA Regulation Updates Bring Mixed Reactions, Concerns

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The executive order from earlier this month that brought forth changes to HIPAA regulations has been met with both positive and negative reactions thus far. Some groups state the modifications will help reduce violence and firearm injuries, while...

Are Better HIPAA Guidelines Needed for Health Apps, Devices?

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The recent OCR HIPAA guidelines discussing patient access to health records is a positive step forward, according to one association, but more needs to be done to ensure better regulations for health apps and device companies. ACT | The App Association...

HHS Releases Patient Right of Access Under HIPAA Fact Sheet

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Earlier this week the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a fact sheet outlining important points in HIPAA regulations about patient right of access to their own health information. Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Director Jocelyn...

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