Category Archives: HIPAA

OCR Announces HIPAA Settlement and New Initiative for Smaller Breaches

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently settled with Advocate Health Care Network (Advocate), one of the largest health systems in the country.  Advocate agreed to pay $5.55 million and implement corrective actions … Continue reading

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OCR Announces HIPAA Settlement and New FAQ on Business Associate Agreements.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced a settlement involving the failure to review and update a business associate agreement (BAA) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).  Care New … Continue reading

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HIPAA Settlement Highlights Issue of Outdated Agreements

Care New England Health System (CNE), on behalf of each of the covered entities under its common ownership or control, has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security … Continue reading

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HIPAA at 20

Looking back at two decades of patient privacy protections More than two decades ago, on August 21, 1996, then-President Bill Clinton signed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) into law. Since then, healthcare has changed a lot and … Continue reading

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5 Emerging Trends in the Healthcare Industry

The healthcare sector has been growing steadily as the demand for specialized physicians and practices continues to expand. Companies in the medical industry are starting up all over, and current trends promise further big changes for professionals in the healthcare … Continue reading

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Medical Center Pays $2.75M for HIPAA Violations

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on July 21, 2016, that the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) has agreed to settle multiple alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) with the U.S. … Continue reading

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How Should Hospitals Handle Texting Orders?

As the momentum of interoperability continues to surge, digital health companies make mobility strides by launching HIPAA-compliant texting applications for doctors to have a secure way of communicating with patients and other hospital staff members. Federal health officials are encouraging … Continue reading

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5 Tips on Staying True to HIPAA

You can’t do that in healthcare! As online ratings ramp up, physicians can get miffed when patients post bad patient reviews. After all, these play a role in their online reputation, and it’s tempting to want to respond. But unlike … Continue reading

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Patient Can’t Always Access Complete Medical Records

Technology makes it possible for patients to access medical records online, but a thicket of legal issues may still keep people from always seeing everything in their chart, some doctors say. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) gives … Continue reading

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EEOC Issues Final Rules for Employer Wellness Programs

Dive Brief: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released this morning final rules to clarify how the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) apply to employer wellness programs. The two rules provide guidance to both employers and employees … Continue reading

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