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HHS’s First Step to MACRA Legislation

Administration takes first step to implementing legislation modernizing how Medicare pays physicians for quality On April 27th, 2016, The Department of Health and Human Services  issued a proposal to align and modernize how Medicare payments are tied to the cost and quality of patient care for hundreds […]

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HIPAA Violation Fines: Unauthorized Filming Results in $2.2 Million Settlement

New York Presbyterian Hospital has reached a settlement with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to pay $2.2 million HIPAA violation fine for the unauthorized disclosure of two patients Protected Health Information (PHI). The PHI was released to film crews and staff during the filming of an […]

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HIPAA Violation Fines: $750,000 settlement highlights the need for HIPAA business associate agreements

Raleigh Orthopedic violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule by handing over Protected Health Information (PHI) for approximately 17,300 patients to a potential business partner without having a business associate agreement. Not having a Business Associate Agreement (BA) in place leaves […]

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Continuing Hospital Ransomware Attacks

    “Ransomware” — a virus that holds systems hostage until victims pay for a key to regain access has been deployed at least three times against hospitals already this year. Ransomware is nothing new, however ransomware targeting healthcare is. Specifically how it works is a hacker […]

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OCR Launches Phase 2 of HIPAA Audit Program

HIPAA Phase 2 audiit is a part of the continued efforts to assess compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Audits are an important compliance tool for OCR that supplements OCR’s other enforcement tools, such as complaint […]

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Sample OCR HIPAA Audit Address Verification Email

Phase 2 of OCR’s HIPAA audit program is currently underway.   OCR has begun to obtain and verify contact information to identify covered entities and business associates of various types and determine which are appropriate to be included in potential auditee pools.  Communications from OCR will be sent […]

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HIPAA Violation Fines: North Memorial’s settlement underscores the importance of executing HIPAA business associate agreements which resulted in a $1.55 million fine

North Memorial Health Care of Minnesota has agreed to pay $1,550,000 to settle charges that it potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules by failing to enter into a business associate agreement with a major contractor and failing […]

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HIPAA Violation Fines: Improper Disclosure of Research Participants’ Data Results in $3.9 million settlement

In what seems to be an aggressive enforcement strategy by HHS/OCR, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $3.9 million to settle potential violation of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and […]

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Moving to a New EMR? What You Must Know About EMR Data Conversion

On average, hospitals and clinics change to a new software vendor and does data conversion every five to seven years.  If you are planning on changing your EMR or already moved to a new EMR in the last year or two, you must give some thought to […]

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HHS/OCR’s motion to impose civil money penalty on HIPAA violation is granted by administrative judge

Lincare, Inc., d/b/a United Medical, supplies respiratory care, infusion therapy, and medical equipment to patients in their homes. The estranged husband of one of its managers complained that his wife allowed him access to the “Protected Health Information” of Lincare patients, even though he was not authorized […]

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