Once the now-delayed HIPAA compliance audits resume, federal regulators will be conducting more on-site audits and fewer remote desk audits of covered entities and business associates than originally planned.
The Massachusetts attorney general has reached a $150,000 HIPAA settlement with a Rhode Island hospital in the wake of a 2012 data breach that affected 14,000 patients, most of whom were from Massachusetts.
Prosecutors in Texas have taken the rare move of pursuing criminal charges against an individual for alleged HIPAA violations. The case is a reminder that health workers can face prison time and hefty monetary fines for wrongful disclosures of PHI.
A new $800,000 HIPAA settlement between federal regulators and an Indiana community health system is another reminder that protecting paper patient records is just as important as safeguarding electronic records. Find out the settlement details.
As the HHS Office for Civil Rights ramps up HIPAA enforcement activities, a key leader of the agency's HIPAA initiatives has retired, and the director of the agency may soon be leaving as well. Find out the very latest details.
Federal regulators have issued a $4.8 million sanction, the largest HIPAA settlement to date, against two partnering New York healthcare organizations following a breach affecting just 6,800 individuals. Learn the details behind the tough penalty.
It's been four years since federal officials began tracking major healthcare data breaches. What important lessons can be learned from the causes of these breaches as well as HIPAA enforcement actions by federal regulators?
The HIPAA Omnibus Rule includes three new considerations for determining potential civil monetary penalties following a breach investigation. What are the implications for breach prevention strategies?
Security threats to healthcare organizations are on the rise - and so are regulatory requirements. Kim Singletary of McAfee discusses the top breach prevention and response challenges for healthcare organizations in 2013.
The long overdue final HIPAA omnibus rule has been released. The package includes extensive modifications to the HIPAA privacy, security and enforcement rules as well as an updated version of the HIPAA breach notification rule.