Articles Posted in HIPAA

On May 7, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), New York-Presbyterian Hospital (“NYP”) and Columbia University (“CU”) agreed to collectively pay $4.8 million to settle charges of alleged violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule marking the largest HIPAA settlement to date. OCR initiated an investigation of NYP and CU after […]

On April 30, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced the availability of new tools to educate health care providers and consumers about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) Privacy and Security Rules. Specifically for health care providers, three HIPAA education modules (offering free CME […]

Stay tuned for many further developments – The Health Law Partners will be providing numerous valuable educational resources for its clients. The announcement and links are below. January 17, 2013 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a new rule to strengthen the privacy and security protections for health information established […]

A press release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) published on January 2, 2013 announced that the Department had reached its first settlement with a covered entity for a breach of the Health and Information Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) Privacy Rule affecting fewer than 500 individuals. The settlement agreement with […]

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday that it has settled, for $750,000, a data breach lawsuit filed against South Shore Hospital under the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act and the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The alleged HIPAA violation arose from unencrypted back-up tapes that South Shore sent offsite to a data […]

On November 17, 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced that it will delay enforcement action until March 31, 2012 for those Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) covered entities that are not in compliance with the ASC X12 Version 5010, NCPDP Telecom D.0 and NCPDP Medicaid Subrogation 3.0 standards. CMS […]

In August, we posted an entry regarding the newly announced Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) audits that would be underway, pursuant to Section 13411 of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH”). Section 13411 provides, in its entirety: SEC. 13411. AUDITS. The Secretary shall provide for periodic […]

On September 14, 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule amending the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (“CLIA”) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) to specify that, upon request, a patient may gain access to his/her completed test reports […]

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH”) requires the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) to conduct periodic audits of covered entities in connection with complying with the privacy and security requirements set forth in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”). In June, the OCR awarded KPMG, LLP (the “Contractor”) a […]

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