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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

$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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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)...

FAS Discusses Federal and State Data Breach, Security Laws

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It seems as though 2015 was the year of the data breach, especially in the healthcare industry. As a means to regulate these data breaches and ensure adequate notification to individuals whose information had been compromised, several...

HIPAA Privacy Rule Changes Proposed for Background Checks

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced potential modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule in an effort to improve the background check process individuals go through in order to purchase a firearm.   Under the...

How Administrative Safeguards Can Prevent Data Breaches

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Preventing healthcare data breaches is a common goal for covered entities of all sizes. It can be easy to let the importance of administrative safeguards fall behind other areas, such as concerns over hacking and stolen devices, but...

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