OCR Fact Sheet Clarifies BA Liability Under HIPAA

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights recently issued a new fact sheet on the Direct Liability of Business Associates under HIPAA. The release of the fact sheet immediately followed a settlement agreement with a business associate relating to a data breach that occurred in 2015 when hackers used a […]

HIPAA Enforcement tops $28M in 2018

If it seems as if HIPAA violations were in the news more often than ever last year, that may be because 2018 saw an all-time record year in HIPAA enforcement activity. There were 10 cases settled and one judgement secured by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human […]

Groundbreaking Rules for Electronic Health Records Proposed

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proposing new rules that could pave the way for increased exchange of healthcare data by 2020. The rules, issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), would allow patients to have access […]

HIPAA Violation Results in $4.3M Fine for Cancer Center

If you haven’t taken stringent measures to protect patient privacy, this recent ruling from a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administrative Law Judge might spur you into action. The ALJ ruled that University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center violated HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and granted summary judgment to the Office for […]

OIG: CMS Overpaid Providers Millions in EHR Incentive Payments

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a report finding that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) overpaid some $729 million in Medicare electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments to eligible providers who did not comply with federal meaningful use requirements. In its report, the OIG […]

EHR disruptions: Do you have a Plan B?

We’ve all lived through them – power outages, computer malfunctions, etc. And, for the most part, they are minor inconveniences. But for healthcare institutions, disruptions such as these can mean the inability to access patient health records and that can literally mean the difference between life and death. Add in the recent incidences of cyberattacks […]

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