Tag Archives: HHS

Supreme Court Cellphone Ruling Protects Health Data

Article by Healthcare DIVE Brief: The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that cellphone searches done by law enforcement officials without a warrant are unconstitutional,  partly because the phones might carry personal health data. In the opinion, the court held … Continue reading

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Vendor Sacked for HIPAA Breach Blunder

Can a subcontractor expect to keep the job after accidentally posting protected health information of some 15,000 patients online? A Boston teaching hospital says, ‘definitely not.’ The 496-bed Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts has fired third-party vendor MDF Transcription after … Continue reading

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Feds Begin HIPAA Probe at University of Cincinnati Medical Center

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has launched a federal probe into HIPAA privacy violations at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, according to an HHS spokesperson. The investigation stems from when a financial services employee of the … Continue reading

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OCR Announces Two HIPAA Settlements Involving Thefts of Unencrypted Laptops

Concentra Health Services and QCA Health Plan, Inc. reached separate resolution agreements with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of potential violations of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security rules arising from the theft of the … Continue reading

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OCR Issues Guidance on Sharing Mental Health Records Under HIPAA

The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) moved to clarify further when and how health care providers can disclose mental health information to a patient’s family or caregivers without viewing the the Health Insurance Portability … Continue reading

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Next Edition of Electronic Health Record Technology Certification Criteria Issued

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today issued proposals for the next edition (the “2015 Edition”) of electronic health record (EHR) technology certification criteria. This proposed rule marks the first time ONC has proposed … Continue reading

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AIM Agrees to Pay $800K for Allegations of Violating Billing Practices

The A.I.M. Center, Inc. (AIM), which operates a community mental health facility located in Chattanooga, Tenn., has agreed to pay $800,000 to settle allegations that it violated the federal False Claims Act (FCA) and the Tennessee Medicaid False Claims Act … Continue reading

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Drug Testing Company to Pay $5 Million Civil Money Penalty Settlement

Medicus Laboratories, LLC (Medicus) has agreed to pay $5 million and enter into a 5-year Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The settlement reflects OIG’s ongoing efforts … Continue reading

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Pharmacist Sentenced To Two Years in Prison For Health Care Fraud

A Salem, Ohio, pharmacist was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay more than $300,000 in restitution after previously pleading guilty to health care fraud, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of … Continue reading

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FORMER CHIROPRACTOR INDICTED ON HEALTH CARE FRAUD AND AGGRAVATED IDENTITY THEFT CHARGES

David Lee Killen, age 42, a resident of Covington, Louisiana, was charged today in a thirty-count health care fraud and four-count aggravated identity theft indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for his submission of fraudulent claims to Medicare, Medicaid and … Continue reading

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