Proposed Changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule
By: Joseph Colette The United States Department of Health and Human Services’ (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has announced new changes to the Standards for the Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (the “HIPAA Privacy Rule”). The revisions to the HIPAA Privacy Rule address the following…
HHS Waives Some HIPAA Sanctions During the Coronavirus Pandemic
By: David Cole The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued two important bulletins this week in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Each one announced that OCR will temporarily waive certain sanctions and penalties for noncompliance with HIPAA Rules to help deliver care to people in need. Limited Waiver for Privacy Rule Requirements First, OCR issued…
OCR Casts a Wider Net on HIPAA Breaches
By: Agne Krutules Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), covered entities and their business associates have duties under the Privacy Rule and the Security Rule to protect patient health information. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) regional offices are required to investigate all reported breaches…
A Solution to Medical Professional Texting And HIPAA Compliance
By: J. Scott Rees Everyone texts today – your kids, your friends, your doctors. With electronic health records (EHR) going from a trend to the mandated standard, digital and electronic technologies have become fully integrated into nearly every aspect of the field of medicine. Medicine is not just the equipment that is used, the…
New HIPAA Rule Brings Sweeping Changes
By: David Cole The wait is over. The new HIPAA omnibus rule that the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued in January officially took effect on March 22, 2013. The deadline for compliance with most provisions is 180 days later on September 23, 2013. This means that covered entities, business associates,…
D&O Insurance Policies Now Tailored to Health Care Organizations
By: Kelly Morrison
The new wave of insurance policies explicitly addresses antitrust and HIPAA concerns unique to the medical industry.
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