In the year ahead, federal regulators need to ramp up their efforts to enforce HIPAA compliance among business associates because so many lack mature security controls, argues security expert Mac McMillan of the consultancy CynergisTek.
In yet another HIPAA enforcement action by a state attorney general, the New York AG has fined the University of Rochester Medical Center after a nurse practitioner gave patients' information to her future employer without getting the patients' permission.
In the second largest financial penalty ever issued as part of a HIPAA resolution agreement, federal regulators have smacked Puerto Rico-based health insurer Triple-S Management with a $3.5 million fine as a result of multiple breaches. It's the company's second large fine from a government agency.
Federal regulators have announced an $850,000 HIPAA settlement with Lahey Hospital and Medical Center stemming from an investigation into the theft of a laptop that was used to operate a medical device.
LabMD's recent victory in its long legal battle with the Federal Trade Commission will be short-lived, the medical testing lab's CEO predicts. Find out why, and what changes Michael Daugherty hopes the case will bring to FTC's enforcement practices.
Several recent data breaches involving email mishaps serve as a reminder of precautions that healthcare entities must take with protected health information contained in digital communications that are sent or received by their organizations.
Hartford Hospital and its business associate, EMC Corp., have agreed to pay a fine as part of a health data breach settlement with Connecticut's attorney general. Learn about the size of the financial penalty and other settlement details.
The HHS Office of Inspector General plans to more closely scrutinize federal regulators' oversight of the security controls that healthcare providers and business associates use to protect electronic patient information. It also will review FDA oversight of medical device cybersecurity.
An alert issued - and then yanked - by the FBI about fraud vulnerabilities linked to EMV chip cards is reigniting the debate between bankers and retailers over whether EMV in the U.S. should be chip-and-PIN or chip-and-signature.
It's been two years since enforcement of the HIPAA Omnibus Rule's modified breach notification requirements began. But the most significant changes in the federal tally of major health data breaches since then appear to have more to do with a surge in hacker activity than the new requirements under HIPAA Omnibus.
Adjusting risk management strategies in the aftermath of the newly discovered hacker attack on Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other recent massive cyber-attacks, will be among the hot topics discussed at the Healthcare Information Security Summit in San Francisco on Sept. 17.
Security experts trace many of the world's cybercrime attacks to Russia. But Russian authorities never extradite suspects, and they allow hackers to operate with impunity - if they play by some ground rules.
The urgency of shifting to EMV to reduce card fraud is one of many hot topics on the agenda at Information Security Media Group's Fraud Summit San Francisco, to be held Sept. 15. Keynoter Eduardo Perez of Visa will kick things off with an in-depth analysis of the migration to EMV.
To prepare for next year's resumption of HIPAA compliance audits, organizations must be ready to demonstrate how they're complying with the revised breach notification rule and how they're providing patients with electronic access to records, says attorney David Holtzman.