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Are Insurance Companies Liable for Possible HIPAA Violations?


An appellate court recently ruled that an insurance company was required to defend a hospital in a class-action complaint that the hospital in question was responsible for potential HIPAA violations. The Travelers Indemnity Company of...

Business Associate Agrees to $650K OCR HIPAA Settlement


The latest OCR HIPAA settlement further underscores that business associates (BAs) need to ensure that they are adhering to the same data security standards as covered entities. Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of...

OCR HIPAA Settlements Highlight PHI Disclosure, Compliance


Understanding the proper safeguards when it comes to HIPAA compliance, following proper PHI disclosure methods, and implementing comprehensive business associate agreements are all key areas to keeping data secure, according to the 2016...

HIPAA Minimum Necessary Standard Discussed in Hearing


The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics’ (NCVHS) subcommittee on privacy, confidentiality, and security held a hearing last week to help the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) develop better guidance on the...

How Do HIPAA Rules, Patient Privacy Apply in Emergencies?


No healthcare organization wants to compromise patient privacy, and HIPAA rules were designed to ensure that this does not occur.   Covered entities of all sizes should understand how the HIPAA Privacy Rule applies in various...

ONC Releases Educational Videos on HIPAA Rights for Patients


In an effort to better educate individuals on HIPAA rights for patients, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released a series of videos that explain the rights patients have to access their health information. Additionally, ONC...

HHS Clarifies HIPAA Regulation Patient Right of Access Costs


While HIPAA regulations state that patients have a right of access to their own health information, many individuals are left wondering just how much it will cost them to view their own PHI.  Fortunately, the Department of Health and...

Patients Allege Genetics Company Violated HIPAA Regulations


Four patients have alleged that a genetic testing company violated HIPAA regulations after it initially refused to provide them with their complete genetic test results, reported an official press release from the American Civil Liberties...

Staying HIPAA Compliant While Using Health Data Encryption


Many people may be surprised to learn that HIPAA laws do not require any specific type of health data encryption. However, regulatory updates since the Security Rule’s enactment have shown how critical HHS thinks encryption is, and...

Congress Urged to Improve Healthcare Data Privacy Rule


The current healthcare data privacy laws of 42 CFR Part 2 (Part 2), which discuss the confidentiality of drug and alcohol treatment and prevention records, need to better align with HIPAA regulations, according to the American Hospital...

Earlier HIPAA Audits Help Healthcare Data Breach Prevention


Utilizing better communication, implementing a universal HIPAA audit certification system, and embracing cyber insurance are just some of the recommendations for better healthcare data breach prevention recently put forth by the Brookings...

Understanding the Gray Areas in HIPAA Compliance


Several weeks have passed since the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the launch of phase two of its HIPAA audit program. No surprises, then, that HIPAA compliance is a topic that’s receiving a lot of attention right...

Reviewing the HIPAA Risk Assessment Process


While the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that phase two of its HIPAA audit program is underway, covered entities of all sizes and their business associates should already understand the basics of a HIPAA risk assessment. Being...

Using Risk Assessments, Management for OCR HIPAA Audits


There has been much discussion over the second round of OCR HIPAA audits, with covered entities of all sizes wanting to know how they can best prepare for a potential investigation. Having an updated and thorough risk management process...

Top Tips for OCR HIPAA Audit Preparation


With the most recent round of OCR HIPAA audits announced just last month, many healthcare organizations are working to ensure that they are prepared should they be called for investigation. While the announcement should not come as a...

OCR HIPAA Settlement Costs New York Hospital $2.2M


A recent Office of Civil Rights (OCR) HIPAA settlement agreement states a New York-based hospital must pay $2.2 million after it allowed unauthorized filming of patients, according a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) press...

Orthopedic Provider Agrees to $750,000 OCR HIPAA Settlement


The Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic, P.A. of North Carolina has agreed to pay approximately $750,000 in OCR HIPAA settlement fines after an alleged healthcare data breach in 2013 involving a business associate, reported the Department of Health...

Does HIPAA Compliance Give A False Sense of Security?


The fact that HIPAA compliance isn’t bulletproof – that cybersecurity frameworks around health information require a new level of vigilance – is now axiomatic. Perhaps owing to whatever legislative sausage-making gave...

Why It’s Important to Define Business Associate Agreements


In the healthcare industry, there is often so much that needs to be accomplished that one single hospital or clinic cannot do it alone, which is why they often enlist the help of business associates. As a way to protect any sensitive...

Why Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Are HIPAA Data Breaches


In a recent issue of Forbes magazine, author Dan Munro asks the question, “Is Ransomware Considered a Health Data Breach Under HIPAA?”  In developing the answer to that question, Dan speaks with experts in the healthcare...


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