Notably, this is the class-action cost, OCR corrective action plan aside...
Johns Hopkins reaches preliminary privacy breach agreement healthitsecurity.com
More than a year after patients filed a class action suit vs. Johns Hopkins Medicine after a privacy breach, it reached a preliminary $190 million settlement.
The HIPAA Omnibus/Final Rule Deadline of September 22, 2014 for all Business Associate Agreements entered into before January 25, 2013 to be updated and modified to ...
Eric Cowperthwaite of Core Security and former CISO for Providence Health discussed how identifying risks early on can help reduce exposures.
TYLER, Texas — A former employee of an East Texas hospital has been indicted for criminal violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, more commonly known as HIPAA, in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S....
About the HIPAA Survival Guide Group
The Digital Business Law Group, PA (DBLG) co-authored the HIPAA Survival Guide with Deborah Leyva, RN, BSN, a health care and technology thought leader. The guide provides a concise overview of HIPAA's Privacy and Security Rules with discussion of the implications resulting from the HITECH Act's enhanced enforcement of HIPAA.
HITECH transforms HIPAA from a paper tiger, under a historically lax enforcement regime, to legislation that is likely to be rigorously enforced; a critical part of the Obama administration's Electronic Health Record (EHR) initiatives contained within ARRA. Among other substantive regulations, HITECH provides for: 1) mandatory HIPAA audits; 2) expanded compliance requirements for business associates; 3) authority of State Attorney Generals to bring civil actions on behalf of residents; and 4) monetary penalties or settlements regarding HIPAA violations transferred to HHS's Office of Civil Rights for enforcement purposes.
Developing an effective HITECH/HIPAA compliance strategy is a necessity for all HIPAA covered entities and business associates. The HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules are now included within HHS's "meaningful use" definition--which effectively means HITECH based EHR incentive payments may be at risk if a provider or facility is found to be non-HIPAA compliant. Lost in much of the HITECH discussion to date are the transformational privacy implications of HITECH's Subtitle D.
An online version of the guide can be found at HIPAA Survival Guide.com. Subsequent releases of the guide will link directly to applicable sections of the regulations. Health care providers of all sizes will need an easy to use toolset if they are going to effectively cope with the compliance challenges that lie ahead." « less
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