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December 1, 2015  11:30 AM

Hospital fined $850,000 for ePHI breach

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
hhs, HIPAA, HIPAA data breach, OCR, OIG, PHI

A stolen laptop can be worth more than $800,000. At least that was the case with a laptop taken from Lahey Clinic Hospital, Inc. in 2011. The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently ruled that Lahey -- based in Burlington, Mass. -- must

September 9, 2015  3:04 PM

HIPAA audits yet to materialize, though new guidance may be coming

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
HIPAA, HIPAA audits, OCR

The HIPAA audits are coming. We’ve heard that refrain before. But now it appears the of real (as opposed to pilot) HIPAA audits by the Department of Health and Human Services Office...


April 22, 2015  12:25 PM

PHI at core of new HHS and EEOC corporate wellness rules

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
HIPAA, OCR, PHI

The government continues to watch electronic protected health information (PHI), and it’s not just HIPAA enforcers who are doing it. Both HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Equal...


November 12, 2014  3:49 PM

Public safety trumps privacy when Ebola threat is real

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
Ebola, HIPAA, OCR

Privacy doesn't trump public safety -- especially when it comes to the Ebola virus and other public health threats. The U.S. Department of Health and Human...


August 13, 2014  1:36 PM

Office of Civil Rights readies second round of HIPAA audits

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
HIPAA, HIPAA compliance audits, OCR, Open Payments

The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Office of Human Rights is preparing to launch a second, more ambitious round of HIPAA audits. For the first time the audits will include business associates of HIPAA covered entities. They also could result in enforcement penalties for...


January 23, 2013  5:13 PM

HIPAA omnibus rule’s comment responses shed light on rulemaking

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIPAA, HIPAA business associate, OCR, Office for Civil Rights

As first reported in our story on the HIPAA omnibus rule earlier this week, if patients ask to have their health data sent via unencrypted email, it's not the health care...


June 29, 2012  3:18 PM

HIPAA audit process suddenly less mysterious as OCR releases template

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIPAA, HIPAA audits, HIPAA Compliance, OCR

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights (OCR) - main enforcer of HIPAA patient data privacy and security laws - lifted the veil on its HIPAA audit process for health...


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