HIPAA


Updated Guidance Addresses the Privacy of Student Records
January 13, 2020 | Margarita Christoforou | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy
In an effort to provide further clarity to school administrators, healthcare professionals and families, the U.S. Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released updated joint guidance addressing the application of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the HIPAA Privacy …
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Alabama Health System Reeling After Ransomware Attack
January 6, 2020 | Margarita Christoforou | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Hospitals | Litigation
Alabama’s DCH Health System is facing a federal lawsuit filed by some former patients who allege it was negligent in discovering and responding to a ransomware attack on its computer system. In addition to negligence, the complaint accuses DCH of invasion of privacy, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, among other things. The …
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HIPAA Access Violation Costs Provider $85,000
December 19, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Hospitals | Litigation
A Florida primary care and pain management practice that calls itself Korunda Medical Institute has paid the federal government $85,000 to settle a violation of HIPAA’s right of access provisions. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the settlement on December 12. A Korunda patient filed a complaint with HHS’s Office for …
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Sentara in $2.175 Million Settlement for Improper HIPAA Breach Reporting
December 10, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | HIPAA | Home Health | Hospitals | Litigation
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced on November 27 that Sentara Healthcare agreed to pay $2.175 million to settle allegations that it failed to properly report a breach of protected health information. Sentara operates 12 acute care hospitals and provides other types of care at more than …
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Fader Gives Perspective on HIPAA Enforcement for Healthcare Risk Management
December 4, 2019 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Litigation
Eric Fader contributed to Healthcare Risk Management’s HIPAA Regulatory Alert, which appeared in the publication’s December 2019 issue. The Alert outlines the best practices that will help avoid common HIPAA violations. Eric discusses the events that might trigger a regulatory action and the kinds of violations that may affect the severity of the penalties and fines. …
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Another HIPAA Penalty: $1.6 Million for Breach of ePHI
November 12, 2019 | Ada Kozicz | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Litigation
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced on November 7 that it imposed a $1.6 million monetary penalty against the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. The Commission operates several health and public need facilities and also administers many …
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HHS Releases Updated HIPAA Risk Assessment Tool
November 8, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released a new version of its security risk assessment (SRA) tool that helps smaller healthcare providers conduct and document risk assessments, as required by the HIPAA Security Rule. The update incorporates new features to make the tool more user-friendly. The SRA tool, available on HHS’s …
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NY Hospital Pays $3 Million HIPAA Settlement
November 6, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Hospitals | Litigation
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced on November 5 that the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) agreed to pay $3 million to settle violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. URMC is one of the largest health systems in New York State, with more than …
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Florida Hospital Fined $2.15 Million for Theft and Sale of Records
October 24, 2019 | Ada Kozicz | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Hospitals | Litigation
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced on October 23 that Jackson Health System (JHS) in Miami has received a civil money penalty of $2,154,000 for violations of HIPAA’s Security and Breach Notification Rules. OCR Director Roger Severino said, “OCR’s investigation revealed a HIPAA compliance program that had …
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Yelp Responses Lead to HIPAA Settlement
October 4, 2019 | Ada Kozicz | HIPAA | Litigation
A recent settlement between a Texas dental practice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) demonstrates that healthcare providers must think twice before sharing any information on social media that can be linked to a patient. OCR investigated Elite Dental Associates of Dallas after receiving a patient complaint …
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