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HHS Announces $1.5 Million HIPAA Settlement with Massachusetts Provider

On September 17, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a settlement with Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates, Inc. (collectively, MEEI) for alleged violations of the HIPAA Security Rule.  Under the Resolution Agreement, MEEI agreed to pay $1.5 million to HHS and take corrective action to improve … Continue Reading

HHS Publishes HIPAA Audit Protocol

By Anna Kraus The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has posted on its website the protocol for the HIPAA audits required under the HITECH Act.  Section 13411 of the HITECH Act requires HHS to provide for periodic audits to ensure that covered entities and business associates are in compliance with the HIPAA standards for … Continue Reading

Alaska Medicaid Agrees to Pay $1.7 Million to Settle HIPAA Security Case

By Anna Kraus The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced yesterday that the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Alaska’s State Medicaid agency (Alaska Medicaid), has agreed to pay $1.7 million to HHS to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Security Rule.  This is HHS’s first HIPAA enforcement action against a State … Continue Reading

OMB Extends Review of HIPAA/HITECH Rule

By Anna Kraus The long-awaited final rule implementing changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations mandated by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act has been delayed once again.  Although the rule was expected by July, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has updated its website … Continue Reading

HHS Encourages Patients to Exercise Right to Access Health Records

The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) recently released a one-page message from OCR Director Leon Rodriguez encouraging patients to exercise the right to access their medical records. Generally, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) grants patients the right to request and receive a copy … Continue Reading

HHS Settles HIPAA Case With Heart Surgery Center

By Anna Kraus The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Tuesday that Phoenix Cardiac Surgery, P.C. (Phoenix) agreed to pay $100,000 and implement a corrective action plan to come into full compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).  HHS had been investigating the Arizona physician practice for … Continue Reading

Final HIPAA/HITECH Rule Expected by July

By Anna Kraus The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the long-awaited final rule implementing changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations mandated by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.  The OMB has up to … Continue Reading

HHS Publishes Standards for Health Care Electronic Funds Transfers and Remittance Advice

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently published an interim final rule with comment period entitled “Administrative Simplification: Adoption of Standards for Health Care Electronic Funds Transfers (EFTs) and Remittance Advice.”  The rule establishes streamlined standards for the format and content of transmissions that health plans send to financial institutions when making electronic funds … Continue Reading

Senate Hearings Focus on Lack of HIPAA Enforcement, Final HITECH Rule

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and Law recently held a hearing to discuss federal enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, entitled “Your Health and Your Privacy: Protecting Health Information in a Digital World.” In that hearing, Subcommittee … Continue Reading

HHS Considers Providing Right to Receive Test Reports Directly From Labs

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently accepting comments on a proposed rule that would amend regulations under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).  Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, individuals have the right of access to their protected … Continue Reading

HHS Contemplates Data Security Standards for Human Research

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has announced that the federal government is contemplating establishing mandatory data security and information protection standards for identifiable information collected from human research subjects. HHS made this announcement in a July 26, 2011 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The “Common Rule,” 45 C.F.R. 46, is a … Continue Reading

Covington to Participate in Healthcare Privacy Panel

Next week, IAPP hosts its annual Global Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C.  Inside Privacy will be attending the event, which has attracted a number of significant stakeholders in years past and will provide a good opportunity to take the temperature of stakeholders on key privacy and data security issues. Those who are interested in health privacy may … Continue Reading

Coming Soon: Final HITECH Act HIPAA Privacy/Security Rules

In July of last year, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights issued a proposed regulation implementing changes to HIPAA resulting from the HITECH Act.  As we previously reported, the proposed regulation significantly expands the scope of the privacy, security, and enforcement provisions of HHS’s existing HIPAA rules. Last month, … Continue Reading
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