Category: HIPAA

MSBCBS of TN Settles HIPAA/HITECH Violation for $1.5M

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The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a settlement of $1.5M with Blue
Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee (BCBST) relating to potential violations under the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. According to the OCR press release, the enforcement action by OCR is the first reported as resulting from a breach report required […]

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HIPAA/HITECH Audits: OCR Program to Audit 150 Covered Entities

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University of California Settles Potential HIPAA Privacy and Security Violations with OCR for $865,500

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that the University of California at Los Angeles Health System which includes UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center, and Orthopedic Hospital, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, and the Faculty Practice Group of UCLA (UCLAHS) has agreed to […]

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HIPAA Privacy Rule Accounting of Disclosures under HITECH

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Today’s Federal Register includes the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) modifying the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s Accounting of Disclosure requirements for protected health information. OCR was required to make these modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule to implement the requirements under the Health Information Technology for Economic […]

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WVCLE: Health Care Law 2011 Seminar

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The West Virginia Continuing Legal Education Section of WVU College of Law will be sponsoring Health Care Law 2011 Seminar on May 20, 2011, in Charleston, West Virginia at WVU Medical Center - CAMC.
The Health Care Law 2011 Seminar will cover a variety of topics of interest to West Virginia health care […]

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HITECH Final Regulations Update: Coming Soon!

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Susan McAndrew, deputy director for health information privacy at the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) indicated this week that various final regulations modifying the HIPAA privacy and security rules required by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) will be issued soon. Health lawyers have been waiting on these […]

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OCR Seeks FY2012 Budget Increase of $5.6M for HIPAA Compliance and Enforcement

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HealthLeaders reports that the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is seeking an additional $5.6 million in its Fiscal Year 2012 budget proposal to fund its HIPAA compliance and enforcement activities.
The article also details the most current reported numbers on breaches reported to OCR. As of March 16 there have been 249 entities that […]

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OCR Imposes $4.3M Penalty for Violation of HIPAA/HITECH Privacy Rule

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UNTIL TODAY, many health care providers questioned whether HHS and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) would ever issue any significant penalties for violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
Today, HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced a civil money penalty (CMP) of $4.3 million against Cignet Health of Prince George’s County, MD for […]

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HIPAA Prosecution: Former UPMC Employee Indicted

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The United States Attorney’s Office Western District of Pennsylvania issued a press release providing details of their first HIPAA privacy prosecution. The federal grand jury in Pittsburgh issued a 14 count indicted naming Paul C. Pepala.
The press release provides the following details:
According to the indictment, in February 2008, Pepala, then employed at UPMC […]

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SAMHSA and ONC: FAQs on Substance Abuse Confidentiality Regulations for HIEs

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced last week the release of FAQs for Applying the Substance Abuse Confidentiality Regulations to Health Information Exchanges (HIEs).
Cover letter regarding the FAQs by Pamela S. Hyde, the Administrator […]

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