Hospital Fails to Terminate Former Employee’s Access to HIPAA-Protected Data

A recent HIPAA enforcement action should serve as a reminder to healthcare organizations of the need to terminate an employee’s access to patients’ electronic protected health information (ePHI) immediately after that employee leaves the organization. The most recent action – the third within a month – involved Pagosa Springs Medical Center in Colorado. The critical […]

Allergy Center’s HIPAA Fine Nothing to Sneeze at

A Connecticut healthcare provider recently learned it’s better not to comment in public about a patient, even if that patient has disclosed his or her own protected health information (PHI) to others. The incident involved Allergy Associates of Hartford, a provider specializing in the treatment of patients with allergies. The patient called a local television […]

Dumpster Diver Demonstrates Importance of Proper Medical Record Storage and Disposal

Just because a business closes its doors, it doesn’t mean that it no longer is obligated to safeguard patients’ protected health information (PHI), as one company recently learned. Earlier this month, the receiver appointed to liquidate the assets of Filefax, Inc. agreed to pay $100,000 out of the receivership estate to settle potential HIPAA violations. […]

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