HIPAA


OCR Releases New HIPAA FAQs on Care Coordination
July 16, 2019 | Ada Kozicz | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy | Private Insurers
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued new guidance on its HIPAA FAQs webpage regarding permissible use and disclosures of protected health information (PHI) by health plans for purposes of care coordination and continuity of care. Health plans are covered entities under HIPAA. The guidance explains that, …
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Pharma Ads Target Smartphone Users in Waiting Rooms
July 9, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | HIPAA | Hospitals | Pharmaceuticals
FiercePharma reports that patients in doctor’s office waiting rooms who use the office Wi-Fi network may now receive targeted pharmaceutical ads on their smartphones. Semcasting, Inc., a Massachusetts-based data provider, uses a technology called Smart Zones that can deliver messages to the entire audience at a business’s IP address. The digital ad delivery is far …
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Rivkin Radler Lawyers Edit HIPAA Chapter of Treatise
May 30, 2019 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy
Rivkin Radler’s Eric Fader and Margarita Christoforou edited the “Health Care Privacy and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996” chapter in the June 2019 edition of the Thomson Reuters Data Security and Privacy Law treatise. Eric has edited this chapter of the treatise since its 2014 edition. New material in this year’s …
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Data Breach Leads to $1 Million in Settlements for IN Company
May 28, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Litigation
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on May 23 that Medical Informatics Engineering, Incorporated (MIE), an Indiana-based online electronic health records company, had agreed to pay HHS’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $100,000 to settle HIPAA violations. MIE’s April 23 Resolution Agreement with HHS also provided for the company to enter …
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Diagnostic Imaging Provider Pays $3 Million to Settle Data Breach
May 7, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Litigation
Touchstone Medical Imaging has agreed to pay $3 million to settle HIPAA violations after an unsecured computer server exposed the medical records of 300,000 patients on Google in 2014. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the settlement on May 6. Touchstone, based in Franklin, Tennessee, provides diagnostic imaging services in Nebraska, …
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OCR Issues HIPAA FAQs on Software Apps
May 6, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Medical Devices and Wearables
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued five new FAQs pertaining to software applications that obtain individuals’ electronic protected health information (ePHI). The FAQs describe various scenarios in which HIPAA covered entities may transmit ePHI to apps, including fitness trackers and other wearables. In short, a covered entity …
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HHS Reduces Potential HIPAA Penalties
April 30, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has revised the potential monetary penalties that may be imposed on healthcare providers, health plans and business associates for HIPAA violations. HHS’s notice of enforcement discretion, issued on April 26, reduces the maximum annual penalty for less-severe violations from $1.5 million to as low as $25,000. The …
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Amazon’s Alexa Now HIPAA-Compliant
April 18, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Home Health | Hospitals | Medical Devices and Wearables | Private Insurers | Telehealth
Amazon announced in a blog post on April 4 that its Alexa voice assistant’s operating environment now complies with HIPAA. Companies that build functions, or skills, for Alexa will now be able to create skills that involve the transmission of users’ protected health information. The initial group of six participants in an invitation-only program includes …
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OCR May Alter HIPAA Rules to Ease Compliance, Care Coordination
February 28, 2019 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy
An article in the March issue of Healthcare Risk Management discussed a Request for Information (RFI) released in December by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The RFI, which seeks public input on how the HIPAA rules may be modified to promote coordinated, value-based healthcare, was previously discussed …
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CMS Proposed Rule Focuses on Patient Access to Health Info
February 21, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
Yesterday’s Rivkin Rounds post discussed the Proposed Rule on information blocking recently released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) simultaneously released its own 251-page Proposed Rule, addressing some of the same concerns but focused on interoperability and patients’ access to their …
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