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Does EHR Patient Access Fall Short of HIPAA Compliance?

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Patients and healthcare organizations face numerous challenges when providing EHR patient access for HIPAA compliance, according to a report released May 14 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Among the challenges faced by...

Amazon’s Alexa Healthcare Team Bones Up on HIPAA Compliance

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Amazon is becoming very familiar with HIPAA compliance requirements as part of its effort to expand the Alexa digital assistant’s role in providing healthcare information and advice, CNBC is reporting. Amazon has set up a health and...

Navy, USAF Could Face HIPAA Violation Fines for Lax EHR Security

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The US Navy and US Air Force have poor security practices for their electronic health record (EHR) systems and could face millions of dollars in HIPAA violation fines if action is not taken to correct these problems, warned the Department...

House Debates Bill to Align SUD Rules with HIPAA Privacy Rule

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Supporters and opponents of a bill that would align privacy protections for substance use disorder (SUD) patients with the HIPAA Privacy Rule faced off during a May 8 hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s health...

Massachusetts Physician Convicted of Criminal HIPAA Violation

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A federal jury has convicted Rita Luthra, a Springfield, Massachusetts-based gynecologist, of a criminal HIPAA violation and obstructing a criminal healthcare investigation, US Department of Justice (DoJ) announced April 30. DoJ alleged...

Gap Analysis Not Enough for HIPAA Security Rule, Says OCR

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A gap analysis can be used to discover where problems exist in securing electronic protected health information (ePHI), but it is not a substitute for a comprehensive risk analysis required by the HIPAA Security Rule, the Office for Civil...

Employee Fired for HIPAA Violation Gets Personal Data from Agency

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Tracy Ryans, a former employee of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission fired for an alleged HIPAA violation, recently received a box full of state assistance applications chock full of personal information from her former...

Likely Ransomware Attack Exposes 85K Patient Records in CA

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California-based Center for Orthopaedic Specialists (COS) admitted that a recent cybersecurity incident, which was described similar to a ransomware attack, succeeded in encrypting 85,000 patient records. “The patient data that was...

Senate Bill Has Version of Jessie’s Law, Not Aligned with HIPAA Privacy Rule

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee this week passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (S 2680) with a broad range of measures to combat the opioid epidemic, including a version of Jessie’s Law that allows...

HIPAA Compliance Gap Between Compliance Officers, Regulators

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There is a large gap between the priorities of healthcare compliance officers and regulators when it comes to HIPAA compliance, according to a survey of 388 healthcare organizations by SAI Global and Strategic Management...

FTC ‘Misconduct’ Charges Loom as Uber Health Service Launches

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Uber is being hit with additional federal penalties for “misconduct” in not reporting a major 2016 data breach at a time when it is launching its Uber Health service, which the ride-sharing company pledges will be HIPAA...

Virtua To Pay NJ $418,000 for HIPAA Violation

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Virtua Medical Group has agreed to pay a $418,000 fine and to beef up its data security in a settlement with the New Jersey government over allegations that it failed to protect patient data of more than 1,650 individuals, resulting in...

Proper Paper Records Disposal Necessary for PHI Data Security

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Even as healthcare providers are increasingly implementing EHRs and patient data is being transferred to electronic form, organizations cannot overlook PHI data security measures with their paper records. Researchers at Toronto's St....

Top Reminders for Implementing a HIPAA Contingency Plan

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Healthcare organizations must ensure they have a current HIPAA contingency plan in place to prepare for all types of adverse events, including natural disasters and cybersecurity attacks, according to the latest OCR Cybersecurity...

Banner Health Data Breach Part of OCR Investigation

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The 2016 Banner Health data breach is reportedly being investigated by OCR, although it is currently not possible to estimate the range of potential fines from the agency, according to consolidated financial statements. An Ernst &...

Physical Safeguard Need Underlined in Recent VA Privacy Protocols

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A recent data breach involving old records from hospital patients, employees, and job applicants has led a VA medical center to launch new data privacy protocols. The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center said that it will be improving...

Stakeholders Desire Clarification on Secure Data Exchange in TEFCA

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ONC must further clarify secure data exchange aspects in its Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft, and also explain how HIPAA regulations will apply, according to industry stakeholders. One of the TEFCA principles...

Amended Data Privacy Law Proposed in Colorado Legislature

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The Colorado House Committee on State, Veterans, and Military Affairs unanimously approved an amended data privacy law that would require entities to implement “reasonable security procedures” to protect consumers’...

How the FTC Act, HIPAA Privacy Rule Impact Healthcare Orgs

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Collecting and sharing consumer health information is fairly standard practice for covered entities and their business associates. Organizations must ensure that they remain in compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule throughout that entire...

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