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Medical Records Privacy Under HIPAA

Issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act , the HIPPA regulations directly impact every American business that maintains health records, including hospitals, nursing homes, insurance companies, HMOs, medical and dental...

Williams Mullen: Recent HHS Settlement with Phoenix Cardiac Surgery Highlights HIPAA Risks Of Electronic PHI

By Brian C. Vick On April 17, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service ("HHS") announced that it had entered a Resolution Agreement with Phoenix Cardiac Surgery ("Phoenix") - a four-physician practice based in Arizona - following an investigation of alleged breaches...

William A. Ruskin: N.Y. High Court Opts Not To Expand Liability For Health Data Confidentiality Breach

By William A. Ruskin The New York Court of Appeals ruling that came down Jan. 9 in Doe v. Guthrie Clinic , 2014 NY Slip Op 00138 (Court of Appeals 1/9/14) [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ], should prove helpful in evaluating the liability of medical corporations in cases involving...

Barnes & Thornburg LLP: Another Round Of HIPAA Audits

By Stacy Cook The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced that it will be sending surveys to approximately 1,200 organizations in preparation for conducting HIPAA audits. The HIPAA audits are mandated by the HITECH Act. According to the OCR, the surveys will be sent to about 800 covered...

DLA Piper: Don’t Forget the Sept. 23 Deadline to Ensure Your Business Associate Agreements Comply with the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule

By Marcia L. Augsburger Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Omnibus Final Rule published January 25, 2013, 78 Fed.Reg. 5566, Covered Entities (CEs) with Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) that were entered on or before January 25, 2013 and that were not modified...

DLA Piper Health Systems Alert: BYOD: Cool But Dangerous – 3 HIPAA Security Rule Challenges, 7 Key Precautions

By Peter F. McLaughlin From reliable surveys and less dependable anecdotes, opinions point to the almost inevitable expansion of BYOD – bring your own device – as a cost-saving model for employers. Advisors assure company decision makers that direct savings will flow by avoiding the...

Barnes & Thornburg LLP: HIPAA Settlement – Improper Storage Of EPHI

By Stacy L. Cook On July 10, 2015, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a HIPAA settlement with St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (SEMC), a tertiary care hospital in Brighton, Massachusetts. SEMC has agreed to pay $218,400 and adopt a robust corrective action plan. The settlement is the...