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Medical Center Settles Alleged Privacy Rule Violations for $80,000

Medical Center Settles Alleged Privacy Rule Violations for $80,000

St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers, NY, has agreed to settle alleged Privacy Rule violations for $80,000 and must comply with a corrective action plan to address the cause of the alleged violations – namely that members of the workforce impermissibly allowed a...

Patients Concerned About Health Information Privacy

Patients Concerned About Health Information Privacy

An American Medical Association (AMA) patient privacy survey has confirmed that patients are worried that their healthcare data is no longer being kept private and confidential. More must be done to protect medical information and strengthen trust. Virtually every...

OCR Confirms COVID-19 HIPAA Flexibilities will End on May 11, 2023

OCR Confirms COVID-19 HIPAA Flexibilities will End on May 11, 2023

The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services will not be renewing the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), which is set to expire at 11:59 pm on May 11, 2023. That means the four Notices of Enforcement Discretion issued by the HHS’ Office for Civil...

OCR Announces Plan to Address Backlog of Compliance Investigations

OCR Announces Plan to Address Backlog of Compliance Investigations

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights received more than 51,000 complaints in 2022 about violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health...

OCR Fines 11 HIPAA-Covered Entities for HIPAA Right of Access Violations

OCR Fines 11 HIPAA-Covered Entities for HIPAA Right of Access Violations

The HHS’ Office for Civil Rights has announced it has resolved 11 more cases involving violations of the HIPAA Right of Access. 10 of the cases were settled with OCR, and one Civil Monetary Penalty was imposed due to the lack of cooperation with OCR and the failure to...

Version 3.3 of the HHS Security Risk Assessment Tool Released

Version 3.3 of the HHS Security Risk Assessment Tool Released

A new version of the HHS Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool has been jointly developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). A...

OCR Seeks Comments on Changes to HIPAA Enforcement Practices

OCR Seeks Comments on Changes to HIPAA Enforcement Practices

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is seeking public comment on the HITECH Act requirements for sharing HIPAA penalties with harmed individuals and the implementation of the HIPAA Safe Harbor for entities that adhere to...

OCR Director: Improve Your Cybersecurity Posture in 2022

OCR Director: Improve Your Cybersecurity Posture in 2022

HHS' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Director Lisa J. Pino is urging HIPAA-regulated entities to improve their cybersecurity posture in 2022 following a year of increased hacking activity and data breaches. There are no indications that the hacking attempts will fall in...

HHS Extends COVID-19 Public Health Emergency for Further 90 Days

HHS Extends COVID-19 Public Health Emergency for Further 90 Days

Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency for a further 90 days. Earlier this month, the American Hospital Association (AHA) wrote to Becerra to request an extension to the public...

New Jersey Imposes $130,000 HIPAA Fine on Two Printing Companies

New Jersey Imposes $130,000 HIPAA Fine on Two Printing Companies

New Jersey has fined two printing companies $130,000 over an impermissible disclosure of the protected health information (PHI) of almost 56,000 New Jersey residents in 2016. The fine is part of a settlement reached between Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck and...

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