Texas Lady Pleads Guilty to HIPAA Breaches

U.S. Lawyer John M. Bales has declared that Joneshia Cranford, a 33-year old inhabitant of Lufkin in the Eastern Region of Texas, has pleaded guilty to breaches of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Law of 1996. Cranford was accused of wrongly accessing the Safeguarded Health Info of patients at the healthcare establishment where she worked and revealing that info for financial compensation, with the lady pleading...

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Alaska DHSS Arrives at $1.7M Agreement with OCR for HIPAA Safety Rule Breaches

The thievery of a moveable hard drive from a worker of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) possibly revealed the ePHI of about 2,000 persons. After an inquiry by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), an agreement has been achieved and the DHHS should pay the HHS $1.7 million for the HIPAA Safety Law breaches. The U.S. Division of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights was warned to the violation...

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Online Patient Calendars Bring about $100K HIPAA Violation

Prior to displaying Safeguarded Health Info on any website, it’s necessary that the method is evaluated for safety dangers. If a website is maintained or owned by a 3rd party or a cloud service is offered, an authorized business associate contract should also be obtained prior to any info is publicized. It might appear obvious that ePHI can’t be publicized on freely accessible websites; nevertheless, it’s a fault that can simply be...

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Blue Cross Blue Shield to Reimburse HHS $1.5M for HIPAA Infringement

The Office for Civil Rights has accomplished its first implementation action developing from the HITECH Infringement Notice Rule and has penalized Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee (BCBST) for breaching the Security and Privacy Regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Law (1996). BCBST has currently bargained a disbursement with the HHS and will disburse $1.5 million for the security infringement for its...

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Sutter Health Charged for 4.24M HIPAA Mega Infringement

Two class action litigations have now been registered versus the Sutter Health hospital system in Northern California following a theft at its administrative workplaces in Sacramento potentially revealed the Safeguarded Health Info of 4.24 million patients. Throughout the weekend of Oct 15-16 burglars got entry to the workplaces by hurling a rock through the window. As soon as inside they emptied the office of electrical equipment...

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Negligence in Business Associate Security Results in 20K Patient HIPAA Infringement

As per a New York Times story circulated this week, the health reports of 20,000 patients of Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., have been announced online and available to the public for nearly a year after a mistake was made by one of the hospital’s business partners. The hospital as well as its service provider – Multi-Specialty Collection Services of Los Angeles (MSCS) – verified that a work sheet having the medical...

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UCLA Hospitals Receives $865K HIPAA Penalty for Lacking to Safeguard Superstar Medical Reports

The Division of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has penalized the UCLA Health System $865,500 for HIPAA breaches triggered by letting the medical reports of 2 superstar patients retrieved by non-authorized people. The 2 patients affected by this safety infringement made objections concerning hospital workers having inappropriate access to their medical reports and alleged the hospital broke the rule by failing to...

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Health Net Penalized 55K for Late HIPAA Infringement Notice

Health Net, Connecticut-based insurance firm is to pay a penalty of $55,000 to the Office of Vermont Attorney General for HIPAA disobedience and failing to safeguard the information of the state’s policyholders after a HIPAA data infringement that revealed the private health info of 1.5 million persons. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (1996) needs all protected entities inform security infringements that reveal...

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