New HIPAA guidance clarifies when healthcare providers may disclose information about patients who may have been infected with or exposed to COVID-19 to law enforcement, paramedics, first responders and public health authorities. The guidance, issued by the Office for Civil… Read more
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced last week it was exercising its enforcement discretion to temporarily waive certain HIPAA penalties against healthcare providers. This change will allow for the more flexible good faith provision of telehealth services during this… Read more
Healthcare providers must continue to be cognizant of patient privacy and HIPAA requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the HIPAA Privacy Rule remains in effect during a public health emergency, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (“HHS”) may… Read more
Breach Notification Rule The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule requires healthcare providers and certain health plans to notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), of breaches of unsecured protected health information (PHI) affecting… Read more
Not Having One Just Cost A Florida Physician’s Group $500,000! The requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 (collectively “HIPAA”) apply… Read more
The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule, 45 CFR §§ 164.400-414, requires HIPAA covered entities and their business associates to provide notification following a breach of unsecured protected health information. As part of the HITECH revisions to HIPAA, providers are required to report… Read more
As a part of its continued efforts to assess compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced the launch of its Phase 2 HIPAA audits. Certain Covered Entities (CEs)… Read more
By now everyone has heard of the February 4, 2015, cyber-attack on Anthem, Inc. According to Anthem, the attack exposed the personal information of approximately 80 million individuals including those presently and formerly insured by Anthem or by related Anthem… Read more
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