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Roger Severino Appointed Office for Civil Rights Director

March 27, 2017 - Roger Severino was recently appointed as the new OCR Director. At the time of publication, OCR had not yet released a statement on the move. Previously, Severino served as Director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society in the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation. “Before joining Heritage in 2015, Mr. Severino was...


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3 Critical Steps for Managing Third-Party Access to Your EHR

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Before a hospital grants any kind of network access to users from an outside organization, like a physician’s practice, it must determine to whom access is granted and for how long. It is a complex and essential process. This article will...

St. Charles Privacy Incident Leads to DA Criminal Investigation

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Oregon-based St. Charles Health System recently announced a privacy incident where an employee accessed approximately 2,500 patients’ electronic medical information without authorization. St. Charles explained in an online statement that...

How HIE Security Concerns Impact Patient Data Withholding

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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...

N.M. Senate Committee Passes Data Breach Notification Bill

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A New Mexico data breach notification bill was recently passed by a state Senate Committee, and will move onto the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to the Los Alamos Daily Post.   Rep. Bill Rehm introduced House Bill 15, and explained...

OIG Finds IT Weaknesses in MA Medicaid Management Info System

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The Massachusetts Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) was not adequately protected, which could have compromised the integrity of the state’s Medicaid program, according to a recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. These...

How HIPAA Regulations Allow for Patient Data Access

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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...

Physicians Charged with Healthcare Fraud, Identity Theft in PR

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A District of Puerto Rico Federal Grand Jury charged the owner of a durable medical equipment company and three physicians with multiple counts of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, healthcare fraud and aggravated identity theft.  The...

Maintaining Patient Data Privacy, Security in Data Sharing

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Being able to efficiently share patient information can help providers in numerous ways, including avoiding readmissions, avoiding medication errors, and even in decreasing duplicate testing. With even more interoperability tools at the ready,...

Appeals Court Dismisses VA Data Breach Lawsuit

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The US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, dismissed a data breach lawsuit earlier this month that alleged the William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Dorn VAMC) had violated the Privacy Act of 1974 and the Administrative Procedure...

26% of Consumers Report PHI Stolen in Healthcare Data Breach

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As healthcare cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, it should come as no surprise that individuals may find themselves the victim of a healthcare data breach. A recent survey shows that medical identity theft is a top result of these data...

2013 Horizon BCBS Data Breach Leads to $1.1M Settlement

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Horizon Healthcare Service, Inc., which operates as Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ), recently agreed to a $1.1 million settlement for data breach allegations from 2013. Along with the payment, Horizon BCBSNJ must...

DirectTrust Addresses Secure Messaging Adoption Barriers

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It is necessary for vendors to standardize and enhance their users' experience in handling inbound and outbound Direct secure messaging, DirectTrust explained in a recent white paper. A DirectTrust workgroup made more than 50 recommendations...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Attacks Rise 320% from 2015 to 2016

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Most of the 2016 healthcare data breaches stemmed from hackers, with an overall increase in healthcare cybersecurity attacks of that kind rising 320 percent, according to recent research from Redspin. Specifically, 81 percent of the breached...

Nearly Half of Surveyed Patients Worried Over PHI Security

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With the majority of healthcare data breaches in 2016 stemming from either a hacking or IT-related incident or unauthorized access or disclosure, it should not be a surprise that more patients are concerned with their PHI security. The 2017 Xerox...

Data Security, Privacy Key in EHNAC Designation with HITRUST

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The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) was recently designated as an Assessor for the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) Common Security Framework (CSF). The move will allow EHNAC to help healthcare organizations...

Focusing on Patient Data Privacy in Health Data Exchange

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There are an increasing amount of potential patient data privacy risks as technology continues to evolve, meaning policymakers need to strengthen privacy rules, according to a recent contribution on The Century Foundation. Patient health information...

Research Data Privacy Regulations Updated in Final Federal Rule

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A final rule strengthening protections for research participants, including areas of data privacy was recently issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other federal agencies. Current regulations, referred to as the “Common...

Appeals Court Vacates Horizon BCBS Data Breach Case

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The previously dismissed data breach case against Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of New Jersey was recently revived, as the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated the dismissal and remands. The Court determined that the plaintiffs...

Patient Privacy Addressed in Recent HHS Confidentiality Rule

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The Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations were recently updated and modernized, specifically addressing patient privacy concerns for individuals seeking treatment for a substance abuse disorder. The changes were...

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