For the second time this year, health insurer EmblemHealth has been hit with a state financial penalty in connection with a 2016 breach that exposed Social Security numbers on mailings to more than 81,000 plan members.
Will the Department of Health and Human Services' request for feedback on potential changes to HIPAA eventually result in modifications to the regulation, including certain provisions that touch on privacy and security issues? There's a long road to travel before any changes actually might get made.
In its third enforcement action in recent weeks, federal regulators have hit a Colorado medical center with a HIPAA fine in a case involving failure to terminate a former employee's remote access to patient data. Other organizations can use the case as a "teachable moment," one attorney advises.
Two health IT professional associations are urging Congress to "modernize" HIPAA to extend patients' rights to securely access, view, download and transmit their health information - including health data not currently covered under HIPAA. Regulatory experts size up whether the proposed changes are feasible.
In a groundbreaking effort, the attorneys general of a dozen states have jointly filed a federal lawsuit against a cloud-based electronic health records vendor that reported a 2015 data breach affecting 3.9 million individuals.
Federal regulators have slapped a company that provides contracted physicians to hospitals and nursing homes with a $500,000 HIPAA settlement in a breach case involving the lack of a business associate agreement with an individual providing billing services.
A security review of two Medicaid managed care organizations in Arizona revealed several significant access control and configuration vulnerabilities, raising concerns about whether other MCOs face similar challenges.
A lawsuit over a Florida dentist's inability to access patient data stored by a cloud-based electronic medical records vendor illustrates why all healthcare providers need to plan for possible disruptions caused by disputes with business associates.
In at least the fourth federal HIPAA case involving improper disclosure of patient information to the media, federal regulators have slapped a three-doctor practice in Connecticut with a financial penalty.
Federal regulators plan to seek public comments on whether the HIPAA rules create barriers to sharing patient information among healthcare providers, hampering the ability to coordinate care. But some regulatory experts argue the problem is not the rules, but misunderstandings about what they allow.
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Healthcare is the 2nd biggest contributing industry to overall breaches in 2017 with 334 breaches. Data breaches are crippling to any business, but are extra hard on healthcare organizations, considering the vast amount of sensitive information consumers trust them with and the irreparable damage to reputation that...
Months after the New Jersey attorney general's office smacked a medical practice with a hefty penalty for a 2016 breach, the office has signed a $200,000 settlement with the group's business associate that was responsible for the incident and banned its owner from managing or owning a business in the state.
An Iowa eye clinic and its affiliated surgery center recently recovered from a ransomware attack on their common systems within one day and without paying a ransom. This case offers important reminders to other healthcare entities and their vendors about advance planning.