Well-known health data privacy expert and federal adviser Deven McGraw is joining the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights as its new deputy director for health information privacy, heading its HIPAA enforcement efforts.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights' much-delayed resumption of its random HIPAA compliance audit program is expected in the coming months. So now is the time to prepare. This session will cover the highest priority tasks that should be started immediately if not already underway to help lay the groundwork for a...
Federal regulators are sending a powerful message about the importance of applying software patches by slapping an Alaska mental health services providers with a $150,000 HIPAA sanction. Learn what's included in the corrective action plan.
A settlement finalized this past week in a class action lawsuit filed in 1997 against Tenet Healthcare for a privacy breach involving thousands of patients' paper records offers important lessons for healthcare providers today.
One year after HIPAA Omnibus Rule enforcement began, why do so many healthcare entities and business associates continue to struggle with even the most basic requirements? Security expert Andrew Hicks offers insights.
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.