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Trump Administrations’ Effect on Healthcare Organizations

With the upcoming change of U.S. administration, we can expect certain healthcare regulations to be affected.  While running for office, one of  Trumps’ main proposition was to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  From an IT standpoint, this will not reduce the responsibilities of healthcare […]

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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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All Patient Data Breaches to be Investigated by Federal Health Agencies

Beginning this month, OCR, through the continuing hard work of its Regional Offices, has begun an initiative to more widely investigate the root causes of breaches affecting fewer than 500 individuals. Regional Offices will still retain discretion to prioritize which smaller breaches to investigate, but each office […]

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EHR Vendor Bizmatics Reports Patient Data Breach

Complete Family Foot Care of Lincoln, NE was recently informed by Bizmatics, an EHR vendor of ambulatory care software and revenue cycle management services. The data breach has affected numerous other practices as well. Bizmatics has informed Complete Family Foot Care that the breach was believed to have […]

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HIPAA Violation Fines: Business Associate’s Failure to Safeguard Nursing Home Residents’ PHI Leads to $650,000 Settlement

Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has come to an agreement in order to settle potential HIPAA violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule. This is a result of an employee’s iPhone being stolen which contained the […]

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Submit a Formal MACRA Comment before June 27

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invites the public to comment on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) proposed the rule. Comments are due by 5:00 p.m. ET (for mail or courier submissions) and 11:59 p.m. ET(for electronic submissions) on Monday, […]

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