Arizona Authorizes Smart Contracts on a Blockchain

Last week, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law HB 2417 that amends Arizona law to provide that signatures secured through blockchain are valid electronic signatures and that smart contracts are legal, enforceable contracts under Arizona law.  Arizona’s House and Senate approved … 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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Connecticut AG Enforces HIPAA Privacy Rules Against Hospital and its Business Associate

Last week, the Connecticut Attorney General’s office announced that it had entered into a settlement agreement with the Hartford Hospital and its business associate vendor, the EMC Corporation (EMC), to resolve claims arising from an investigation into the 2012 theft … Continue reading

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New HIPAA Audit Program Expected in 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a report reviewing the HIPAA audit program that is administered by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR).  The OCR is responsible for enforcing the regulations … Continue reading

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The Colorado Data Breach Law

Almost all U.S. states have laws about data security and what to do when there’s a data breach. Here is the Colorado law, which is codified at C.R.S. § 6-1-716, Who the law applies to.  An individual or commercial entity (whether for … Continue reading

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HIPAA Violation — Pharmacy Held Liable for Employee’s Misdeeds

Recently, the Indiana Court of Appeals let stand a $1.4 million jury verdict against a national pharmacy chain for its employee pharmacist’s unauthorized disclosure of a customer’s confidential medical records.  Given the “deep pocket” liability finding, this decision might spark … Continue reading

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