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Who Will Get the VA’s EHR Contract? Some Possibilities

As the Department of Veterans Affairs continues its efforts to modernize its health care infrastructure and better leverage new technologies, one key goal will be updating its electronic health records system. Now, as Politico first reported, companies are beginning to vie for what will likely be a contract in the billions. Among the likely contenders: […]

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Telehealth HIPAA Privacy and Security Audits in 2016 – Expect an Increase

Writing for healthcareinfosecurity.com, former Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) attorney, David Holtzman predicts that in 2016, the OCR will aggressively increase their number of audits to enforce compliance among health care providers and their business associates, with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) patient privacy and security law. As […]

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HIPAA Phase Two Audits on Horizon – Is Your Organization Prepared?

Pointers to prepare your organization, and for your C-Suite to be aware of, and on board with, your organization’s preparedness plan: 1.    The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will continue with conducting federal government audits to ensure compliance with The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and The […]

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Telehealth Companies Need to be Ready for HIPAA Audits

It is widely held that all telehealth organizations are at risk for data breach of consumer protected health information (PHI).  Many are of the opinion that breach is not an “if” question, but a “when” question. A recent survey by KPMG, the international audit, tax, and advisory firm, found the greatest threats to come from […]

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HHS Serious About HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules Compliance

Cancer Care Group, a radiation oncology practice in Indiana, has agreed to pay a $750,000 settlement to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and to “adopt a robust corrective action plan” arising from a breach of protected health information (PHI) that occurred in 2012. The breach occurred when […]

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Medical Center Fined $218,400 for a ‘Potential Violation’ of HIPAA Privacy/Security Rules

From a bulletin issued by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR), in addition to the fine agreed to, a Massachusetts medical center “… will adopt a robust corrective action plan to correct deficiencies in its The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance program [as required by HIPAA […]

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Are Your Telehealth Practice Business Associate Agreements Compliant?

By law, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule applies only to covered entities – health plans, health care clearinghouses, and certain health care providers. However, recognizing that most providers, especially so in telehealth, use supporting vendors, or “business associates” (BAs) to conduct operations, the Privacy Rule allows covered providers to disclose […]

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Wearable Device Owners Concerned About Security of Health Data

An estimated 21 million wearable devices were sold globally in 2014, and that number is anticipated to grow to 150 million units by 2019, as reported on Businessinsider.com. While wearables are making headlines, a survey conducted by Healthline.com of over 3,600 readers in June reveals that 45 percent of those polled are concerned that hackers […]

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State AGs Urge Congress to Not Preempt State Data Breach Laws

In a letter to congressional leaders forty-seven state attorneys general (AGs) argue their position that any federal data breach legislation to protect against breach of personal data, including protected-health-information, and provide for breach notification should not interfere with, nor supersede, state law. The AGs contend that “… any additional protections afforded consumers by a federal […]

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Federal Data Breach Law Expected Before Congress Adjourns in 2016

In the wake of several recent large, and highly-publicized data breaches, the discussion around the need for federal data breach legislation is again gaining traction in Congress. There have been draft bills in both House and the Senate committees, yet none have made it to the floor of either chamber. A recent report, Government Focus […]

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