Data Privacy and Security

Garbage Can Cause HIPAA Issues

By Matt Fisher – Throwing out the trash is an everyday occurrence whether in personal or business life. However, when it comes to healthcare organizations, it is necessary to think about what trash goes where. The consideration goes beyond the difference between regular waste and hazardous medical waste.

Why Healthcare Can No Longer Ignore Identity Theft

By Gevik Nalbandian – Identity theft is so common in our daily lives that it’s not a matter of “if” it will happen, but “when”. In fact, the number of identity theft cases more than doubled in 2020 from 2019, to nearly 1.4 million, according to a recent Federal Trade Commission report.

Getting Back to Basics: A HIPAA Primer

By Matt Fisher – The constant discussions around the impact and operation of the regulations implementing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA (yes, there are 2 A’s and only 1 P) as it is more commonly referred to, have made it an interesting time to be a healthcare attorney and one focused a lot on the operation of HIPAA.

HIPAA & 18-Year-Old Patients

By Art Gross – As a parent, you might recall the first time that the doctor asked you to leave the room because your “baby is now a teenager”and they have a few questions for them that they would like to conduct one-on-one and in private.

Vaccination Passports

By Art Gross -How do you identify the vaccinated from the non-vaccinated? A vaccination passport is a way of verifying that the user or carrier identified within it has been vaccinated – or not. Does it violate HIPAA? No.

Privacy Policy Ponderings

By Matt Fisher – Most if not all websites will (or should) contain a link to a Privacy Policy at the bottom of the page. The Privacy Policy will in either great or vague detail describe what information is collected, how the information will be used, and potentially what rights are given to the user.