By Art Gross – The Office for Civil Rights isn’t offering leniency just because you’re a small business. Action will be taken, despite the impact that a HIPAA fine can have on this sector of healthcare. And as eleven recent investigations prove the point, many of those were small practices.Read More
By Matt Fisher – After a bit of a lull, meaning pretty much a full calendar quarter, the Office for Civil Rights is back with another HIPAA settlement. The newest settlement involves Oklahoma State University – Center for Health Sciences and a malware incident.
The HHS, through its Office for Civil Rights, is issuing guidance on how covered health care providers and health plans can use remote communication technologies to provide audio-only telehealth service when such communications are conducted in a manner that is consistent with…
By Art Gross – “We’re being audited!” Those words strike fear and uncertainty in most of us – especially if you are in healthcare. But what actually happens in a HIPAA audit? Will a government official show up unannounced with a briefcase and ask for you to produce every bit of your business’s HIPAA documentation while sequestering your team in a conference room? Not quite.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights released a Request for Information seeking input from the public on two requirements of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 (HITECH Act), as amended in 2021.
By Matt Fisher – The Office for Civil Rights recently provided new lessons when it comes to mixing healthcare marketing and HIPAA. In this case, marketing is being looked at broadly to include not just communications or interactions about an organization subject to HIPAA, but also limits on the use of patient information outside the bounds of the organization.
By Matt Fisher – The Office for Civil Rights is promoting HIPAA as being able to prevent or substantially mitigate the impacts of a cyber attack. It is a bold statement from OCR and one that bears unpacking. Why is OCR asserting that HIPAA can prevent or substantially mitigate a cyber attack?
By Art Gross – The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or as it is commonly known as HIPAA, was created to set standards nationally. These are in place to protect the personal health information and medical records of individuals as well as give them access easily. As the March 1st deadline for reporting a breach draws closer…
By Art Gross – Recently the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) along with the Office for Civil Rights issued an announcement regarding extreme risk protection order laws and the disclosure of protected health information.