Electronic Health Records


HIPAA Right of Access Initiative Marches On
February 26, 2021 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Litigation
For those providers who somehow missed or ignored the first 15 settlements in the series, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced that Sharp HealthCare, doing business as Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers, agreed to pay a $70,000 fine for failing to provide a patient with timely access …
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Flo Health Settles with FTC Over Privacy Violations
February 17, 2021 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | Litigation | Medical Devices and Wearables | Telehealth
Flo Health, Inc., which markets a menstrual and ovulation tracking app, recently entered into a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to dispose of charges that Flo improperly shared consumer data with third parties, including Facebook and Google. The disclosure of the data, which included pregnancy status and sexual history of more than 100 million …
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EHR Vendor to Pay $18.25 Million to Resolve Kickback Allegations
January 29, 2021 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Litigation | Medicare and Medicaid
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on January 28 that athenahealth Inc., a Massachusetts-based electronic health records (EHR) technology vendor, has agreed to pay $18.25 million to resolve allegations that it paid illegal kickbacks to generate sales of its EHR product, athenaClinicals. The settlement is the government’s latest reminder that marketing initiatives that are …
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Yet Another HIPAA Right of Access Settlement
January 21, 2021 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Litigation
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the 14th settlement in its ongoing HIPAA Right of Access Initiative. Banner Health, a Phoenix-based health system that operates 30 hospitals and many other healthcare facilities, agreed to pay $200,000 for failing to provide patients with timely access to their medical …
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Warning: OCR HIPAA Audits Reveal Widespread Noncompliance
December 23, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy | Litigation | Private Insurers
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released an audit report on HIPAA compliance by 166 covered entities and 41 business associates during 2016-2017. The audits included detailed on-site reviews of entities’ documentation and implementation of HIPAA rules. The release of the report may foreshadow increased enforcement activities …
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Proposed HIPAA Modification Would Facilitate Care Coordination
December 17, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Behavioral Health | COVID-19 | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Private Insurers
A proposed rule released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on December 10 would give healthcare providers more flexibility to share patients’ health information for certain purposes. The rule, titled “Proposed Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule to Support, and Remove Barriers to, Coordinated Care and Individual Engagement,” would loosen HIPAA restrictions …
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New AKS Safe Harbors Finalized
December 3, 2020 | Geoffrey R. Kaiser | Electronic Health Records | Fraud and Abuse | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medical Devices and Wearables | Medicare and Medicaid | Pharmaceuticals | Telehealth
The Office of Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) has finalized new safe harbors and modifications of existing safe harbors under the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) to reflect a policy priority favoring a value-based health care system that “pays for health and outcomes” and that will “remove potential barriers to more effective …
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New Haven Settles HIPAA Breach for $202K
November 11, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Litigation
The city of New Haven, Connecticut recently agreed to pay $202,400 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to settle multiple HIPAA violations in connection with a 2016 incident at the city’s public health clinic. OCR announced the settlement on October 30. In January 2017, the New Haven …
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NY Spine Settles HIPAA Right of Access Violation for $100K
October 27, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy | Litigation
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights’ HIPAA Right of Access Initiative has claimed another victim. HHS announced on October 9 that NY Spine Medicine, a private neurology and pain management practice with offices in Manhattan and Miami Beach, agreed to pay a $100,000 penalty for failing to provide patients …
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Anthem Agrees to $48 Million Multi-State Settlements Over 2014 Data Breach
October 9, 2020 | Ada (Kozicz) Janocinska | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Litigation | Private Insurers
Health insurer Anthem, Inc. has finally reached a settlement with a coalition of 41 states plus the District of Columbia, and a separate settlement with California, to resolve state attorney general investigations of a data breach that occurred in 2014. Anthem has agreed to pay the states a total monetary penalty of $48.2 million. The …
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