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Anna Spencer

18 August 2016

Advocate Health to Pay Largest Ever HIPAA Settlement; HHS Flags Failure to Conduct Comprehensive, Organization-wide Risk Assessment

On Thursday, August 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that Advocate Health Care Center (Advocate Health) agreed to pay  $5.55 million to settle multiple violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). This is the … Read More

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04 August 2016

HHS Office for Civil Rights Updates Its Website with Guidance on HIPAA Audits and Unique Device Identifiers (UDIs)

HHS-OCR has updated its website with guidance on two important and current issues: ongoing HIPAA audits and deidentification.  After officially launching phase two of its audit program earlier this month, sending notification letters to 167 covered entities, HHS-OCR has posted updated guidance on its website regarding the audits.  Unrelated to … Read More

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07 July 2016

OCR Announces First HIPAA Settlement With a Business Associate

On June 24, 2016, Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (“CHCS”) entered into a resolution agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) Security Rule after … Read More

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06 July 2016

Privacy Shield Text Updated

The final text of the much anticipated EU-US Privacy Shield has been sent by the European Commission for review and approval to the Article 31 Committee, which includes representatives from all 28 Member States.  Approval by the Article 31 Committee will pave the way for a final decision by the … Read More

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15 February 2016

ALJ Upholds Civil Monetary Penalty Imposed by the Office for Civil Rights

On February 3, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that an HHS administrative law judge (ALJ) ordered Lincare, Inc., a home health provider of respiratory care, infusion therapy and medical equipment, to pay $239,800 in civil monetary penalties (CMPs) for violating … Read More

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07 January 2016

Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act

On December 28, 2015, President Obama signed into law S. 2425, the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act (the “Act”).  In addition to provisions intended to ensure that Medicare reimbursement policies promote continued access to certain durable medical equipment, like wheelchair accessories, the Act includes provisions that affect adoption of … Read More

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21 December 2015

Cybersecurity Act of 2015 Signed Into Law

On December 18, President Obama signed into law an omnibus spending package for 2016 that included the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (known in former versions as the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act). After years of debate, the Cybersecurity Act establishes a framework to facilitate and encourage confidential two-way private sector sharing … Read More

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25 November 2015

Employee of Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Criminally Charged with Wrongful Disclosure of Patient Information for Marketing Purpose

On October 16, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts filed a criminal information against a former Warner Chilcott district manager alleging that he had obtained and used patient protected health information (PHI) in violation of the criminal provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act … Read More

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14 October 2015

OCR Launches HIPAA Portal for Mobile Health Developers

On Monday, October 5, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released an online platform for mobile health developers and others interested in the intersection of information technology and health information privacy and security. Interested parties can submit questions and comments on issues … Read More

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