The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services concluded an all-time record year in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcement activity.
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just had a record-breaking year of HIPAA enforcement. Because the feds plan to continue this trend, that means hospitals must be vigilant about securing patients health data and regularly remind staff of their responsibilities under the law.
The Department of Justice says Linda Sue Kalina, 61, pleaded guilty in a Pittsburgh federal court to one count of unlawfully disclosing patient information.Kalina had been indicted by a federal grand jury last June on six counts, including wrongfully obtaining and disclosing health information in violation of HIPAA, and wrongfully disclosing health information with the
Comments submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services run the gamut from suggesting that HHS’ Office for Civil Rights create new “safe harbors” to shelter certain organizations from breach-related HIPAA enforcement actions to better aligning other federal privacy regulations with the HIPAA rules.OCR’s December RFI sought feedback by Feb. 12 on a variety
On Thursday, HHS’ Office for Civil Rights said Cottage Health, which operates several hospitals, agreed to pay the fine and implement a corrective action plan in the wake of an investigation into the breaches that affected a total of 62,500 individuals. Earlier, the California attorney general had reached a $2 million settlement with Cottage Health.”The
Healthcare professionals everywhere are embracing digital technologies to safeguard patient information. As this trend continues, there is an industrywide need to ensure the digital ecosystem is compliant with regulations, specifically the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).While protecting patient data should be enough incentive in its own right to secure protected health
In December 2018, Pagosa Springs Medical Center settled potential Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rule violations and entered into a corrective action plan with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The incident involved a former employee who continued to have remote
HIPAA, everyones favorite scapegoat for all (OK, most) of the ills of the modern healthcare-industrial complex, is perpetually called out as being in dire need of a rewrite. Well, that moment has arrived (maybe). Theres an RFI out right now, published as part of the federales Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care, announced by HHS Secretary
By now its a well-trodden clich to say that even the most stringent compliance with HIPAA does not mean sensitive health data is actually secure but what about an inverse of sorts?That being the idea that strong security can be transformed into good regulatory compliance.Good security is not enough to demonstrate HIPAA compliance, said Adam
Today, were looking back at HIPAA and other privacy and security developments in 2018. This past year saw continued HIPAA enforcement (including the largest ever fine for a HIPAA breach), reminders from the OCR on best practices for HIPAA compliance, and updates to state and international privacy and security laws. Well also look ahead to