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Blockchain, HIPAA Regulation Lead Top 10 Stories of 2018

December 17, 2018 - Throughout the year, healthcare privacy, security and cybersecurity have a remained a crucial part of boardroom discussions, determining how best to proceed in an ever-evolving threat landscape. Those conversations will continue to dominate in 2019, with leading security professionals predicting that health organizations will continue to invest in AI, IoT and medical device security,...


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HHS, OCR Seek Industry Feedback on HIPAA Update for Data Sharing

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The Department of Health and Human Service and the Office for Civil Rights are seeking industry feedback on how to improve HIPAA guidance, especially around care coordination. The OCR Request for Information comes in response to an...

OCR Settles with Colorado Provider for $111,000 over HIPAA Failures

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights settled with Pagosa Springs Medical Center for $111,400, for failing to terminate a former employee’s access to electronic protected health...

EmblemHealth Fined $100K for 2016 Healthcare Data Breach

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New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal fined health insurance vendor EmblemHealth $100,000, for its 2016 health data breach of more than 6,000 New Jersey residents. The New York-based insurer’s subsidiary Group Health is also...

AHIMA, AMIA Call for HIPAA Upgrade to Support Patient Access

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HIPAA needs to be modernized to improve patient access to health data and bolster security of the app ecosystem, American Medical Informatics Association and American Health Information Management Association leaders said at a Capitol Hill...

OCR Fines Florida Physicians Group $500,000 for HIPAA Failures

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Florida-based Advanced Care Hospitalists was fined $500,000 by the Office for Civil Rights for multiple HIPAA compliance failures, including sharing protected health information with an unknown vendor. According to officials, ACH...

12 States Sue Business Associate for 2015 Health Data Breach

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A dozen states have filed a Federal lawsuit against Indiana-based Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) and subsidiary NoMoreClipboard, over a 2015 hack that breached the data of more than 3.9 million patients nationwide. The Attorneys...

Iron-Clad HIPAA, EULAs; But Can a Dispute Put Patient Data at Risk?

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A recent breach notification has left many scratching their heads. Key Dental Group notified patients their data was potentially breached when an EMR vendor allegedly refused to return a patient database. In the notification, the...

Arizona MCOs Fail OIG Security Audit, Putting Medicaid Data at Risk

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A Department of Health and Human Service Office of Inspector General audit of two Arizona Managed Care Organizations found significant, security vulnerabilities in its information systems, which call into question the integrity of the...

Dental Breach Notification Sparked by EMR Vendor Refusal

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Florida-based Key Dental Group is notifying some of its patients of a breach, after its electronic medical record vendor refused to return a patient database at the end of its contract. According to officials, Key Dental received a...

Allergy Associates Settles with OCR for $125K over HIPAA Violation

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Connecticut-based Allergy Associates of Hartford settled with the Office for Civil Rights for $125,000, for a 2015 incident involving impermissible disclosure of a patient’s protected health information to a reporter. In February...

AMIA Calls for Federal Alignment of Health Data Privacy Policies

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The American Medical Informatics Association is calling on the Trump Administration to better align data privacy policies from both the health and consumer sectors. In a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information...

Healthcare’s Dependence on Fax Machines Poses Risk to Health Data

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While the healthcare sector has some of the most advanced technology available, it’s oft perplexing to discover that about 75 percent of all healthcare communications are still processed by the antiquated fax machine. Security...

Another Major Storm, Another HHS HIPAA Privacy Rule Waiver

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HHS Secretary Alex Azar has issued another HIPAA Privacy Rule waiver for US territory the Northern Marianas Islands, which was devastated by Super Typhoon Yutu this week. Super Typhoon Yutu was a Category 5 storm when it hit the Northern...

Anthem to Pay Record $16M for HIPAA Violations Exposing 79M Records

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Anthem has agreed to pay a record $16 million, almost three times the previous highest HIPAA penalty, and to take correct actions to settle HIPAA violations that exposed the ePHI of close to 79 million people, OCR announced Oct....

Azar Issues 2nd HIPAA Privacy Rule Waiver in As Many Months

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As in the case of Hurricane Florence, HHS Secretary Alex Azar has waived sanctions and penalties under certain HIPAA Privacy Rule provisions for areas impacted by Hurricane Michael. The waiver is intended to enable greater information...

Aetna Reaches Settlements with State AGs Over HIPAA Violations

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Health insurer Aetna has reached settlements with a number of state attorney generals over HIPAA violations resulting from mailings to HIV/AIDS and cardiac patients, the New Jersey attorney general announced Oct. 10. The three states and...

Hospitals Fail at HIPAA Compliance Re Medical Records Requests

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Many hospitals failed at HIPAA compliance in response to simulated patients’ requests for medical records, according to a study by Yale researchers published in the JAMA Network Open. The researchers surveyed 83 top-ranked US...

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