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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...

$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...