When Social Media and Patient Privacy Collide

Earlier this month, three employees of an assisted living facility in Glendale, Arizona were let go after allegedly videotaping patients and posting them to Snapchat. The video shows employees making fun of elderly residents in their care and, instead of taking care of one woman asking for help, the employee continues to film and make […]

HIPAA Compliance Crackdown Requires Increased Vigilance

Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced two big settlements involving alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Those cases brought to six the number of HIPAA-related cases settled since the start of 2016. It also underscores the need for healthcare providers […]

With the new year comes greater HIPAA oversight

HIPAA-regulated entities can expect 2016 to be the year of increased oversight. That’s when the Health and Human Services Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) begins Phase II of its audit program. The program is expected to focus on common areas of noncompliance and will include HIPAA-covered entities as well as business associates. Phase 2 […]