Williams Mullen: Health Insurer’s Costly Privacy Breach Provides Guidance For Managing HIPAA Risks Associated With Electronically Stored PHI

B y Brian C. Vick In the first enforcement action resulting from a reported privacy breach under the HITECH Act, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Tennessee ("BCBST") recently entered a $1.5 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services following the theft of 57...

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...

$1.7 Million HIPAA Settlement Reinforces Importance of Effective Information Governance of Electronic PHI

By Brian C. Vick In the first HIPAA enforcement action brought against a state agency, the United States Department of Health and Human Service ("HHS") announced on June 26, 2012 that it had entered a Resolution Agreement with Alaska's Medicaid program ("Alaska"). Under the...