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HIPAA Regulations Discussed in Latest Mental Health Bill


A recently proposed mental health bill would potentially alter HIPAA regulations when it comes to individuals being treated for mental health conditions and their family members. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy...

Does NAIC Cybersecurity Bill of Rights Affect Healthcare?


Healthcare cybersecurity is not an issue that is going to fade away anytime soon, especially as more covered entities continue to implement connected devices and also connect to one another through HIEs. However, healthcare data breaches are...

How Will NJ Bill Affect Patient PHI Access?


Patient PHI access is one of several rights granted to individuals through the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Essentially, individuals have the right to review and request to receive a copy of their medical records. There can be certain circumstances where...

Maryland Practice Implements Secure Messaging Option


Secure messaging is becoming an increasingly popular feature for healthcare organizations, especially as the push for BYOD continues to grow. However, covered entities must ensure all communications stay secure, and that employees are HIPAA compliant...

How Does Data De-Identification Affect Clinical Research?


Health data de-identification can give healthcare organizations an opportunity to present data for research purposes in a way that does not compromise patient privacy. Clinical research in both the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries are...

Health Data Sharing Bill Passes House in 344-77 Vote


In a 344-77 vote, the US House of Representatives passed a health data sharing bill that has been hotly debated by various healthcare organizations. The 21st Century Cures bill is intended to overhaul drug development by giving researchers...

Is Health Data Security At Risk In 21st Century Cures Bill?


While the recent 21st Century Cures bill has many lawmakers, agencies, and healthcare organizations standing behind it, there are still opponents that believe individuals’ health data security will be at increased risk because of the legislation....

Utah Medical Privacy Bill Receives Pushback from DEA


A medical privacy bill went into effect in Utah earlier this year, requiring police agencies to get a warrant from a judge before searching the state’s controlled-substance database. However, the US Drug Enforcement Administration may sue...

Patient Privacy Top CHIME Recommendation to Senate Group


Protecting patient privacy and ensuring health data security were just two of several recommendations the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) put forth to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions...

CMS Health Data Privacy Not Compromised in Increased Access


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced earlier this week that it will now allow innovators and entrepreneurs to access its data, including information like Medicare claims. The policy change is part of CMS’ commitment...

VA PHI Incidents Increase 178% in April


After a positive few months that showed a decrease in PHI incidents, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) saw a drastic uptick in reported data security events, according to its latest report to Congress. In March, the VA stated that 383 veterans...

Coast Guard Needs Better PHI Security, Says OIG Report


The US Coast Guard (USCG) must do a better job in its PHI security measures, according to a recent report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Specifically, USCG lacks a strong organizational approach to resolving privacy issues, the...

Why PHI Security Cannot be Forgotten When Entities Move


PHI security is an essential aspect of healthcare data privacy for covered entities of all sizes. Each facility is different and will therefore benefit from different security measures. However, ensuring that PHI does not fall into the wrong...

ONC Privacy, Security Workgroup Expresses Stage 3 MU Concerns


There are several patient privacy and security concerns related to the proposed Meaningful Use Stage 3 rule, according to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Health Information Technology (HIT) Privacy & Security Workgroup. Earlier...

Why Information Blocking Could Hinder PHI Security


PHI security is an increasingly important issue, especially as more providers implement electronic medical records and the push for nationwide interoperability continues. However, health information blocking and healthcare privacy rules could...

New Data Breach Notification Bill Lets States Keep Own Laws


Several Democratic senators have introduced a national data breach notification bill that will allow states to keep their own notification laws if they have more strict policies already in place. The Consumer Privacy Protection Act was introduced...

Phishing Attack Affects 3,300 Partners HealthCare Patients


Yet another phishing attack was announced this week, potentially affecting 3,300 patients at Partners HealthCare System, Inc. According to a company statement, the Massachusetts-based facility learned on November 25, 2014 that employees had fallen...

Exposed Medical Records Potentially Puts Patients At Risk


Healthcare facilities must ensure they have the latest privacy and security measures in place to prevent exposed medical records and work toward keeping data breach risks to a minimum. Along with the latest technological safeguards, covered entities...

Phishing Scam, Stolen Laptop Lead to Potential Data Breaches


Healthcare data breaches can be caused from a variety of incidents, such as an email phishing scam, misplaced medical records, and lost or stolen mobile devices. Without a comprehensive security plan and extensive understanding of HIPAA regulations,...

Ill. Data Breach Law Passes Senate, Includes Medical Data


The Illinois Senate passed a data breach law that now includes medical and health insurance data in its definition of “personal information.” The Personal Information Act, or SB 1833, was previously in place, but the new version amends certain...


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