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Notification Rule

By Art Gross – A data breach within your business. You think it won’t happen, you hope it doesn’t happen, but what if it does happen? What are your next steps? Like most things in healthcare, timing is essential. You need to think quickly and act swiftly during a time when your head might not be set and sorted to do so.

Wearable Technology

By Art Gross – The saying goes that you’re never fully dressed without a smile, but the reality for many people today is that you’re never fully dressed until you put on your smartwatch. Or your phone in your pocket. Or your health and fitness monitor at the gym.

Systemic Noncompliance

By Art Gross – The story narrative varies slightly from episode to episode, but the outcome is generally the same. Pay a fine, make a plan, regret not doing this all in the first place. This isn’t some soap opera or Netflix binge-worthy series; this is real life and the characters are the healthcare industry and Office for Civil Rights.

Right to Access Enforcement Initiative

By Art Gross – In 2019, the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced an initiative that they would make it a priority to enforce an individual’s right to access their health records in a timely manner and at a reasonable cost. This falls under the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

Hover Hover Hover

By Art Gross – At times, it feels as if we could start every week with this sentence: “There’s a new tactic being used by cybercriminals to trick unsuspecting victims.” And the sophistication level of the new tactics is off the charts. So, what are we dealing with as of late? Well, where should we start…

Statistically Speaking

By Art Gross – A recent study of participants that aimed to explore their likelihood of being monetarily incentivized to violate HIPAA regulations. The pilot study involved medical residents or individuals in an executive MBA program, with some of those participants already in health care executive roles.

Wish You Were Here!

By Art Gross – It’s always nice to get a postcard from friends or family who are away on vacation. But this week we learned of a new kind of postcard being sent out with not-so-well wishes. The HHS Office for Civil Rights is warning on fraudulent postcards to HIPAA Privacy and Security Officers.