Time is Money: HIPAA Enforcement Action for Untimely Breach Notice Settles for $475,000

Many New Year’s Resolutions focus on actions intended to save money and reduce stress. Organizations, especially those in the health care industry, should consider a resolution to review their breach notification procedures to assure timely notification of future data breach … Continue reading

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HIPAA News: HHS Getting Tough On ePHI Data Breaches

On August 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced a record-setting settlement with Advocate Health Care Network (Advocate) for multiple potential violations of HIPAA from three ePHI breach events in 2013.  … Continue reading

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Ransomware Attacks on ePHI May Be a Data Breach Under HIPAA

On July 11, 2016, the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) at the Department of Health and Human Services issued new HIPAA guidance regarding the growing epidemic of malicious computer software known as “ransomware”. Perhaps the most significant conclusion in the … Continue reading

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New HIPAA Audits Have Begun. Time to Prepare for the “Audit Lottery.”

The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced that it has activated Phase 2 of the HIPAA Audit Program. OCR’s new Phase 2 will focus on reviewing the policies and procedures of covered … Continue reading

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