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As the Rules Apply

By Art Gross – This week in HIPAA news we are shining a light on two rules that display the spectrum of ‘bending’ from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights. The first, showing flexibility, announced that penalties with regard to HIPAA, as it pertains to the COVID-19 vaccination…

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Reminder, Provide Access to Data

By Matt Fisher – The Office for Civil Rights started 2021 off with another settlement of alleged non-compliance with the HIPAA right of access. The settlement, as noted by OCR, is the 14th right of access settlement since OCR began its targeted focus on this issue in late 2019.


Learn From Others

By Art Gross – The office for Civil Rights gathered information at the end of 2020 that is important for any covered entity or business associate that operates under HIPAA guidelines. Summarized in the U.S. Health and Human Service HIPAA Audits Industry Report, this data should be regarded as a useful tool for any business that deals with HIPAA, and one that they can learn from.


Potential Changes Ahead

By Art Gross – The Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has proposed changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule that could be substantial. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposal stated it was to “remove barriers to, coordinated care and individual engagement” and was issued recently.




HHS Proposes Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule

The Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces proposed changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule to support individuals’ engagement in their care, remove barriers to coordinated care, and reduce regulatory burdens on the health care industry.


No Business Is Too Small

By Art Gross – While the world might still be in varying states of chaos with regard to a multitude of topics, when it comes to HIPAA fines and enforcement of regulations, things are getting back on track.