HIPAA Privacy

Wakefern, ShopRite Pay New Jersey $235K for Fraud Act, HIPAA Violations | HealthIT Security | 11/3/2020

… of more than 9,700 pharmacy customers . After replacing the devices in question with newer technology, Wakefern disposed of the tech in dumpsters without first destroying the data stored on them as required by the HIPAA Privacy rule . The devices contained individuals‚Äô names, contact details, driver‚Äôs license numbers, birthdates, prescription numbers and type, dates and time s of pickup or delivery, and customer zip codes. An investigation into the …

HIPAA Enforcement Remains Strong in 2020 | 10/27/2020

… going strong. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), responsible for enforcing HIPAA regulations, has been active this year in terms of settlements of potential HIPAA privacy and security violations. More than $12.2 million has been recorded this year in resolution agreements, despite the Notification of Enforcement Discretion related to COVID-19 issued by HHS. HIPAA settlements have affected almost every …

QSEHRA plan documents: what are the requirements? | 10/23/2020

… fiduciaries and plan administrators and their responsibilities Eligibility requirements for the QSEHRA Effective dates of participation Description of benefits provided and excluded How the QSEHRA is funded and how it makes payments Claims procedures HIPAA privacy officers and rules relating to the use of protected health information (PHI) Information on federal mandates The procedure for amending the plan The procedure for plan termination Required by ERISA For complete information, download …

How Does HIPAA Protect Your Privacy as a Patient | 10/22/2020

… you likely took the papers and signed your signature without fully reading them. These forms are part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enacted by Congress in 1996. In general, the HIPAA Privacy Rule provides federal protections for your personal health information and gives patients’ rights with respect to that information. It also provides guidelines for the sharing of health information needed for patient care between physicians …

What Providers Must Know About Patient Access to Clinical Notes | Patient Engagement HIT | 10/19/2020

… this includes blocking of patient data access. Starting in the beginning of November, must provide patients access to their electronic health data, free of charge. This requirement is different from those elucidated in the HIPAA Privacy Rule because it requires patients to have immediate access to their digital data, such as via a patient portal. On the whole, providers must be able to make eight types of patient data available …

Data Breaches and HIPAA Enforcement Remain Endemic Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic | 10/16/2020

… an investigation into a breach suffered by a large health insurer by obtaining the second-largest resolution payment in HIPAA enforcement history ( $6.85 million ). This enforcement action resolved an investigation concerning potential violations of HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules related to a breach affecting the electronic protected health information (ePHI) of more than 10.4 million people. The breach resulted from a phishing attack that introduced malware into the insurer’s IT …

2020’s a Bust, but HIPAA Enforcement Is on a Roll! | 10/15/2020

… and January 2015 that exposed the ePHI of nearly 79 million individuals. In 2018, Anthem agreed to pay $16 million to OCR and to take substantial corrective action to settle potential violations of the HIPAA privacy and security rules related to the 2014 data breach. See the HHS press release about the OCR settlement here . Anthem has also paid $115 million to settle a class action related to the breach …

SAMHSA Again Revises its Rules on the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Records - JD Supra | 10/15/2020

… had already been substantially revised by SAMHSA in 2017 and 2018. The three sets of regulatory changes reflect the agency’s ongoing efforts to align the 42 CFR Part 2 requirements more closely with the HIPAA Privacy Rule 1 and to facilitate coordinated treatment of SUDs by Part 2 Programs and non-Part 2 health care providers, while still preserving core confidentiality protections. In addition to the three recent sets of …

Healthcare Management Terms for High School Students | 10/15/2020

… of systems shared between providers; digitization of data; security involved in sharing data; and protecting electronic health records (EHRs) from unauthorized access, alteration, and deletion. Keeping patient data safe is an important part of HIPAA privacy regulations. However, the law allows flexibility in terms of who can access patient data and when. For example, hospitals typically maintain facility directories, or databases of current patients’ names, overall health conditions, and locations …

OCR Settles Ninth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative | 10/13/2020

… in its HIPAA Right of Access Initiative. OCR announced this initiative as an enforcement priority in 2019 to support individuals’ right to timely access to their health records at a reasonable cost under the HIPAA Privacy Rule. NY Spine Medicine (NY Spine) has agreed to take corrective actions and pay $100,000 to settle a potential violation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s right of access standard. NY Spine is a private …

OCR Settles Eighth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative | 10/11/2020

… in its HIPAA Right of Access Initiative. OCR announced this initiative as an enforcement priority in 2019 to support individuals’ right to timely access to their health records at a reasonable cost under the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Dignity Health, doing business as St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center (“SJHMC”), has agreed to take corrective actions and pay $160,000 to settle a potential violation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s right of …

The costs of telehealth visits have shifted amid the pandemic. What to know before you Zoom your doctor | MSN | 10/7/2020

… spurred exponential growth, said Kathy Wibberly, director of the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center. The pandemic led to policy changes that eliminated many former barriers to the adoption of telehealth, such as reimbursement and HIPAA privacy rules, Wibberly said. Major insurers are still waiving fees for Covid-19 telehealth visits Laid off again? You can restart unemployment benefits Remote workers suffer from loneliness and isolation in pandemic “We just made …

Here’s what to know about telehealth before you Zoom your doctor | CNBC | 10/7/2020

… spurred exponential growth, said Kathy Wibberly, director of the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center. The pandemic led to policy changes that eliminated many former barriers to the adoption of telehealth, such as reimbursement and HIPAA privacy rules, Wibberly said. More from Invest in You: Major insurers are still waiving fees for Covid-19 telehealth visits Laid off again? You can restart unemployment benefits Remote workers suffer from loneliness and isolation …

Trump’s doctors can only legally share health information that the president authorizes — which is why we don’t get the full picture | Business Insider | 10/6/2020

… Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on October 4, 2020. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin President Trump’s doctor has declined to answer several major questions about the president’s COVID-19 case. His physicians are bound by HIPAA privacy laws, which only allow them to disclose the details about a patient’s health that the patient has authorized them to share. No law requires presidents to share all their health information with the public …

Outagamie County Health lists businesses with COVID-19 outbreaks | 9/23/2020

… the department’s jurisdiction excludes the city of Appleton and the Oneida Nation. An additional 10 companies were not named on the list because they had “fewer than 20 employees.” That appears to follow federal HIPAA privacy rules that restrict businesses from releasing information that could identify a specific individual’s medical condition. A separate records request Sept. 9 asked for business outbreaks for the most recent month. That list included seven …

Hefty HIPAA Fine After Breach Involving ‘The Dark Overlord’ | 9/22/2020

… in the statement. “Healthcare providers that fail to follow the HIPAA Security Rule make their patients’ health data a tempting target for hackers.” OCR’s investigation into the breach uncovered “longstanding, systemic noncompliance with the HIPAA privacy and security rules,” including failures to conduct a risk analysis , implement risk management and audit controls, maintain HIPAA policies and procedures, secure business associate agreements with multiple business associates and provide HIPAA Privacy Rule …

CCPA Amendment Update: California Legislature Approves Exceptions for HIPAA De-Identified Information and Other Health Data | 9/18/2020

… the CCPA amendment included in AB 713, it is possible for data that has been de-identified under the HIPAA de-identification standard to constitute “personal information” under the CCPA because CCPA and the HIPAA Privacy Rule include different language for their respective de-identification standards. This has complicated CCPA-regulated businesses’ strategies for licensing or otherwise commercializing HIPAA de-identified data. For example, HIPAA protected health information that has …

MA health network to pay $70,000 after failing to provide medical records | Healthcare IT News | 9/18/2020

… records. September 18, 2020 12:50 PM The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights announced this week that five providers had agreed to pay settlements for potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s right of access provision. Beth Israel Lahey Health Behavioral Services’ settlement was the largest of the group, with the Massachusetts-based network of mental health and substance use disorder services agreeing to pay …

Is HIPAA Obsolete? | 9/18/2020

… By: Industry Expert September 18, 2020 By Jay Eisenstock , Chair of the WEDI Board of Directors and founder of JE Consulting Twitter: @WEDIonline In 2003, the health care industry scrambled to comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule. This rule is composed of regulations for the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information in healthcare treatment, payment and operations by covered entities. The key point is these regulations apply to covered …

Mindleap Health Implements HIPAA Compliance Standards and Appoints Former Canadian Ministry of Health Telemedicine Expert as Head of Program Management | Benzinga | 9/17/2020

DENVER, Mydecine Innovations Group, Inc. (CSE: MYCO ) (OTC: MYCOF ) (FSE: 0NFA) (“Mydecine” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Mindleap Health (“Mindleap”), has implemented a comprehensive information security rollout of next-generation cyber-security solutions to meet HIPAA compliance standards. Mindleap also welcomes its new Director of Program Management, Dyson Walker, who will support Mindleap in improving its platform and meeting and exceeding all relevant …

Group Insurance Health Care and the HIPAA Privacy Rule | 9/17/2020

… Privacy Rule that changed into issued as a result of the HIPAA within the form of a Notice of Health Information Practices. The United States Department of Health & Human Services legit Summary of the HIPAA Privacy Rule is 25 pages lengthy, and this is only a summary of the key factors. So as you could imagine, it covers numerous floor. What I would really like to provide you here’s a …

Elder Law: Elderly people should get estate planning documents done now | Chron | 9/17/2020

… documents now for several reasons. We are talking about wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney for finances, powers of attorney for health care, living wills also known as physician directives, declarations of guardian and HIPAA privacy act documents. Why? You don’t know how long the person will be able to maintain mental capacity at a level that meets the requirements for the legal document they will be signing. Capacity decline …

5 Providers Settle After Withholding EHR Access, Violating HIPAA | EHR Intelligence | 9/17/2020

… This settlement hinges on the Right of Access Initiative, which is an enforcement priority enacted in 2019 to support individuals’ right to timely access to their health records at a reasonable cost under the HIPAA Privacy Rule. “Patients can’t take charge of their health care decisions, without timely access to their own medical information,” Roger Severine, OCR director, “Today’s announcement is about empowering patients and holding health care providers accountable …

OCR is Serious About Patients’ Rights to Access Records, Announcing Enforcement Actions Against 5 Providers | 9/17/2020

When providers, health plans, business associates, and even patients and plan participants think of the HIPAA privacy and security rules (‘HIPAA Rules”), they seem to be more focused on the privacy and security aspects of the HIPAA Rules. That is, for example, safeguarding an individual’s protected health information (PHI) to avoid data breaches or avoiding improper disclosures to persons without authority for receiving same. An equally important aspect of the …

Mindleap Health Implements HIPAA Compliance Standards and Appoints Former Canadian Ministry of Health Telemedicine Expert as Head of Program Management - GuruFocus.com | 9/17/2020

DENVER, Mydecine Innovations Group, Inc. (CSE: MYCO) ( MYCOF) (FSE: 0NFA) (“Mydecine” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Mindleap Health (“Mindleap”), has implemented a comprehensive information security rollout of next-generation cyber-security solutions to meet HIPAA compliance standards. Mindleap also welcomes its new Director of Program Management, Dyson Walker, who will support Mindleap in improving its platform and meeting and exceeding all relevant laws …