Archive for the HIPAA/HITECH Compliance Assurance Category

Colorado hospital failed to terminate former employee’s access to ePHI

Colorado hospital failed to terminate former employee’s access to ePHI

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security rules requires all healthcare covered entities and their business associates to conduct security risk analysis of their IT infrastructure annually and with any change in process or system. As part of HIPAA rules, all covered entities and their business associates are required to have proper procedure in place to terminate any employees.
Pagosa Springs Medical Center (PSMC) has agreed to pay $111,400 to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and to adopt a substantial corrective action plan to settle potential HIPAA violations

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Florida contractor physicians’ group shares protected health information with unknown vendor without a business associate agreement

December 8,2018 – Advanced Care Hospitalists PL (ACH) has agreed to pay $500,000 to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and to adopt a substantial corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability

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Allergy practice pays $125,000 to settle doctor’s disclosure of patient information to a reporter

November 26, 2018-Allergy Associates of Hartford, P.C.(Allergy Associates), has agreed to pay $125,000 to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and to adopt a corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and

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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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Office of Inspector General: OCR should strengthen its oversight of covered entities’ compliance with the HIPAA privacy standards.

OIG has recently completed a study of OCR’s HIPAA audit program and published the following recommendations: (1) OCR should fully implement a permanent audit program (2) OCR should maintain complete documentation of corrective action (3) OCR should develop an efficient method in its case-tracking system to search

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Is patient protected health information safe if a Covered Entity has a dispute with their Business Associate?

How do you ensure Electronic protected health information (ePHI) is safeguarded when a contract between a Covered Entity and a Business Associate ends? Especially when there is a dispute. A Business Associate Agreement between a Covered Entity and their Business Associate must clearly spell out the following

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