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AHIMA Notes Cybersecurity Prep, HIPAA Compliance as Focus Areas

November 15, 2017 - All healthcare organizations can work on improving their privacy and security by focusing on their cybersecurity preparation, HIPAA compliance, and staying people-oriented, according to a recent blog post on the Journal of AHIMA. AHIMA’s 11th annual Privacy and Security Institute highlighted several ways that entities can focus on the larger trends and apply lessons to their daily...


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CareFirst Data Breach Case Moves to US Supreme Court

by Elizabeth Snell

A petition for writ of certiorari was recently filed with the US Supreme Court, pushing the CareFirst data breach case forward. CareFirst wants its case reviewed, which could potentially reignite the debate over how plaintiffs need to establish...

What Should Entities Expect with OCR HIPAA Enforcement?

by Elizabeth Snell

There have been nine OCR HIPAA enforcement settlements so far in 2017, highlighting the need for covered entities and business associates to focus on audit controls, risk management, and business associate agreements. While there has been a new...

How HIPAA Information Sharing Regulations Impact the Opioid Crisis

by Elizabeth Snell

With the opioid crisis recently declared a nationwide public health emergency, OCR issued guidance on how HIPAA regulations allow providers to participate in information sharing in an effort to improve patient care. There are often misunderstandings...

Kromtech Security Discovers Health Data Breach of 150K Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

Kromtech Security researchers found a potential publicly accessible Amazon S3 repository that may have led to a health data breach impacting over 150,000 individuals, according to a company report. “Patient Home Monitoring” is...

AHIMA: Patient Data Access Through Patient Portals Increases

by Elizabeth Snell

Eighty-two percent of consumers took advantage of patient data access through a patient portal in 2016, an increase from less than 5 percent who did so in 2013, according to a study from the American Health Information Management Association...

How Health Data Security Relates to Healthcare Biometrics

by Elizabeth Snell

Increasing government initiatives for improved health data security and privacy have helped aid to the growth of the healthcare biometrics market, according to a recent MarketsandMarkets report. More healthcare facilities are looking to combat...

Reviewing OCR HIPAA Guidance to Maintain Compliance

by Elizabeth Snell

Covered entities should not be afraid to regularly review OCR HIPAA guidance and ensure that they remain compliant, even as they add new technologies into the daily workflow, according to OCR Senior Advisor for HIPAA Compliance and Enforcement...

EHRA: Health Data Sharing Not Aided with Regulatory Penalties

by Elizabeth Snell

Advocating for penalizations for providers and EHR developers is the wrong approach for encouraging health data sharing, according to a recent EHR Association (EHRA) blog post. Written in response to a Health Affairs post by former ONC Chief...

How HIPAA Rules Apply with Law Enforcement Investigations

by Elizabeth Snell

HIPAA rules are meant to protect patient information, but what happens when there is a law enforcement investigation? Are police officers allowed to demand PHI without a warrant? That issue was brought forth in August 2017 when video was released...

Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Sued Following HIPAA Violation

by Elizabeth Snell

New York-based Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital is being sued for faxing patient PHI to the patient’s employer, a reported HIPAA violation that has already resulted in an OCR HIPAA settlement. The Law Offices of Jeffrey Lichtman represent...

Kentucky HIPAA Violation Case Ruling Held by Appeals Court

by Elizabeth Snell

A Kentucky hospital was found to have acted lawfully when it fired a nurse for committing a HIPAA violation, according to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. The Appeals Court held a lower court’s dismissal of the nurse’s claim that her...

OCR: Staff Training Key for Data Security, Avoiding Scams

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations should ensure they are implementing strong staff training measures to maintain data security in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, according to the August OCR Cybersecurity Newsletter. Potential scammers may try and take advantage...

HHS Reviews HIPAA Rules Following Hurricane Harvey

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare providers can face numerous challenges during natural disasters, including adhering to HIPAA rules while working to provide proper patient care through an emergency. HHS recently released a bulletin to help guide covered entities through...

Recent Aetna Data Breach Leads to Class Action Lawsuit

by Elizabeth Snell

A federal class action lawsuit was recently filed against Aetna after it reportedly experienced a data breach that may have affected thousands of individuals. The Legal Action Center, AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, and Berger &...

AHA Urges Reduced Data Sharing Barriers in HIPAA Regulations

by Elizabeth Snell

Having reduced data sharing barriers in current HIPAA regulations is just one way Congress can help reduce the regulatory burden on hospitals, health systems and patients, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). AHA highlighted...

How HIPAA Regulations Can Ease Information Blocking

by Elizabeth Snell

Even with more healthcare organizations adopting EHRs and working through the Meaningful Use program, covered entities still struggle with health information exchange. However, HIPAA regulations could be a boon to providers, according to former...

Top 4 Key Concerns in Healthcare Mobile Security Options

by Elizabeth Snell

It can be daunting to choose the right mobile tools to help a healthcare organization stay innovative. It can be even more daunting though to ensure that mobile security remains a top priority and that PHI stays secure. Healthcare IT leaders...

Texas Healthcare Privacy, Security Focus in Recent Partnership

by Elizabeth Snell

Texas covered entities will now have assistance in working toward healthcare privacy and security compliance measures through a recent partnership between the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA) and Third Rock Incorporated. THSA will...

Most Wired Org Focuses on Multi-Level Healthcare Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

The American Hospital Association’s Hospital & Health Networks (H&HN) Most Wired rankings showed that more organizations are finding successful ways to balance innovation and healthcare data security. St. Luke’s University...

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