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Update on HIPAA Phase 2 Audits from HIPAA Conference 2017

Linda Sanches from Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provided much anticipated updates on Phase 2 HIPAA audit activities at the annual HIPAA conference. NIST and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), co-hosted the

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Security Risk Analysis Requirements for Quality Payment Program (MACRA/MIPS)

The Quality Payment Program implements provisions of MACRA, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, to reform Medicare Part B payments. The QPP improves Medicare payments by helping you focus on care quality and the one objective that matters most — making patients healthier. The

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Improper faxing of sensitive patient data results in HIPAA penalties

St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center Inc. (St. Luke’s) has paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $387,200 to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and agreed to implement a comprehensive corrective action plan. St. Luke’s

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Ransomware Threat to Healthcare Organizations

While the spread of the recent endemic Ransomware has slowed down for now, this incident serves as a reminder to ensure adequate precautions are in place. New forms of this class of malware are deployed often, and several variations of the Wannacrypt edition have already been identified.

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My Learning From TiECon 2017, World’s Largest Conference for Entrepreneurs

It is always good to be back in the Silicon Valley, headquarters for entrepreneurs, where I attended my first TiECon 2017. I was told close to 7000 entrepreneurs were in attendance. Most of them being from the Indian-based origin is a great story of how the US

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HIPAA Fine for Lack of Timely Breach Notification 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has announced the first Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) settlement of 2017 based on the untimely reporting of a breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI).  Presence Health has agreed to settle

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HIPAA Compliance 2016 Year in Review

Planning for the upcoming year is a chance to review the main developments in Healthcare IT HPAA Compliance from 2016 that will affect providers, business associates, and patients. Priorities remain to uphold confidentiality, integrity, and availability of patient data, factoring in the latest proceedings in technological and

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Fact Sheet on HIPAA and Public Health Permitted Uses and Disclosures

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have released a new Fact Sheet that explains how the HIPAA Rules permit disclosures of Protected Health Information (PHI) to support public health activities conducted by public health agencies,

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UMass settles potential HIPAA violations following malware infection

The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. The settlement includes a corrective action plan and a monetary payment of $650,000, which is reflective of the fact that

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Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act goes into full effect on October 16, 2016 to reinforce regulations currently in place.  This section is intended for Covered Entities and other firms enrolled in CMS programs to further prevent restrictions based on race, national origin, gender, age, or

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