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

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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…

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Watchdog Report: Nearly $3B Recovered From Providers

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Fighting healthcare fraud remains among the priorities for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General as evidenced by its most recent semiannual report to Congress. The watchdog organization reported recovering $2.91 billion from providers in fiscal year 2018. It took criminal actions against 764 individuals or healthcare providers that…

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