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OCR Reiterates HIPAA Guidance for Opioid Crisis Response

December 19, 2017 - OCR recently discussed its current tools and initiatives in place to help organizations face the opioid crisis, touching on HIPAA guidance and how the agency is implementing the 21st Century Cures Act. OCR launched two new webpages focused on mental and behavioral health information, which included how information sharing can be done with regard to mental health and substance use disorder...

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Patient Privacy Included in Recent Opioid Records Senate Bill

by Elizabeth Snell

Recently passed legislation states that HHS will establish guidelines for when healthcare providers should prominently display a patient’s history of opioid use on his or her medical record. The bill also underlines the importance of maintaining...

CA Supreme Court Rejects Physician Patient Privacy Claim

by Elizabeth Snell

A California physician’s claim that the state medical board committed patient privacy violations when it obtained an individual’s prescription records without a warrant was recently rejected by the California Supreme Court. The medical...

Updated Google Policy May Affect Patient Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Google recently updated its privacy policy, which could have a positive effect on patient data security. As of last week, Google began removing private medical records from its search results. The Google “Removal Policies” page now...

ONC Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge Winners Selected

by Elizabeth Snell

The ONC announced the winners of its Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge, showing how Model Privacy Notice (MPN) generators can help consumers better understand a specific product’s privacy and security policies. Principal Deputy National...

MDLive Lawsuit Claims Patient Data Privacy Violations

by Elizabeth Snell

Allegations were recently filed against a telehealth provider, claiming that the company committed patient privacy violations and disclosed customer information to a third-party organization. MDLive, Inc. is facing a class-action lawsuit filed...

Health Data Privacy Concerns Not Hindrance for PHI Sharing

by Elizabeth Snell

With more providers implementing EHRs and working toward interoperability, it is not uncommon for individuals to have health data privacy concerns with their personal information in how it is used and potentially shared. However, recent research...

ONC Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge Wants Online Patient Tool

by Elizabeth Snell

In an effort to create an online tool that will generate a user-friendly snapshot of a product’s privacy practices, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) announced the Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge earlier this week. Additionally,...

How Patient Privacy is Affected by Patient Matching Proposal

by Elizabeth Snell

Earlier this week, numerous healthcare organizations urged members of the House Committee on Appropriations to advance language in a legislative report that would assist in patient matching, which could potentially also affect patient privacy....

FDA Drafts Health Data Sharing Guidance for Medical Devices

by Jacqueline Belliveau

According to recent draft guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), medical device manufacturers can look to new health data sharing guidelines to help relieve previous patient privacy concerns. “Although not generally required...

Potential Healthcare Data Breach in OH Affects 59K Patients

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has reported a potential healthcare data breach that has affected 59,000 individuals. OhioMHAS announced that PHI was exposed after postcards were sent to patients who received...

AHA Calls for Revisions in Healthcare Data Privacy Rule

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Federal regulation 42 CRF Part 2 (Part 2), a law that governs the healthcare data privacy of behavioral health information, should better align with HIPAA regulations to boost care coordination and health information exchange, according to a...

Congress Concerned on Patient Privacy with

by Sara Heath

Republican Senate and House committee leaders are asking government officials to provide them with information regarding potential patient privacy issues and security incidents that occurred on, the website for statewide health...

Are Views on Consent Unclear with Health Data Sharing?

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Health data sharing is key for improving interoperability and medical research, but, according to a recent study by BioMed Central, the need for consent with medical research may be a gray area. BioMed Central interviewed 55 participants between...

Updates Sought on Personal Health Record Model Privacy Notice

by Elizabeth Snell

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is asking for comments and requests for updates to its Personal Health Record Model Privacy Notice (MPN). With the push toward interoperability, it is increasingly important for consumers to understand...

ONC HIT Report to Congress Discusses Data Privacy, Security

by Elizabeth Snell

LAS VEGAS - Health data privacy and security are just one of several potential barriers when it comes to modernizing and integrating the health IT infrastructure, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). The ONC...

Prioritizing Patient Privacy in Your Auditing Approach

by Elizabeth Snell

LAS VEGAS - When it comes to patient privacy, a passive approach to the auditing process is not going to be enough. Covered entities need to take initiative and ensure that they are doing everything in their power to proactively find potential...

HHS Revises Rules for More Patient Privacy in Drug Abuse Care

by Sara Heath

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be changing its regulations for health information exchange (HIE) security and patient privacy for individuals receiving treatment for substance abuse disorders. In a recent press release,...

Are Patients Concerned with Their Healthcare Data Security?

by Sara Heath

Despite increasing healthcare data security concerns, consumers appear to trust the healthcare industry with their personal information the most compared to other industries. According to a report from TRUSTe and the National Cybersecurity Alliance,...

VA Sees 60% Decrease in PHI Health Data Breaches in December

by Sara Heath

In its December monthly report to Congress, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has reported a near 61 percent decrease in PHI-related healthcare data breaches since November. This is a welcomed change to last month’s 36 percent...


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