Assistance on HIPAA as well as Cloud Computing Released by HHS

The Division of Health and Human Services has issued revised advice on cloud computing and HIPAA to assist protected bodies to take benefit of the cloud devoid of endangering a HIPAA breach. The key emphasis of the help is the usage of cloud service providers (CSPs). CSPs which are lawfully independent bodies from a HIPAA-covered … Read more

$400K HIPAA Payment for BAA Failures

The Section of Human and Health Services’ OCR has stated it has concluded an agreement with Care New England Health System (CNE) to settle suspected breaches of the HIPAA. CNE should reimburse a financial fine of $400K and should implement a complete Corrective Action Plan (CAP) to tackle different parts of HIPAA defiance. Care New … Read more

Revised Safety Risk Evaluation Device Announced by ONC

OCR has a preference to resolve HIPAA conformity problems through voluntary conformity as well as non-punitive ways, even though financial fines are these days becoming more usual. If OCR detectives discover HIPAA breaches, financial fines might be imposed. Penalties of as much as $1.5 million can be imposed for each breach type found. Among the … Read more

Biggest Ever HIPAA Agreement: Advocate Health to Reimburse OCR $5.5 Million

Previous month, the Department of Health and Human Services’ OCR publicized 2 huge agreements with protected entities to settle suspected HIPAA breaches. Nevertheless, even the $2.7 million, as well as, $2.75 million settlements at UMMC and  OHSU  were not big as compared to the latest implementation case. OCR has just publicized it has consented to the … Read more

2.75 Million Dollar HIPAA Agreement Achieved with UMMC

Immediately after the 2.7 million HIPAA break agreement with OHSU comes news of one more multi-million-dollar agreement with one more university. The Division of Health and Human Services’ OCR declared four days ago that University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) has consented to settle down suspected HIPAA breaches and will reimburse a monetary fine of … Read more

Oregon Health & Science Varsity to Pay The Office for Civil Rights $2.7 Million for 2013 Data Breaks

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has consented to resolve a lawsuit with the Division of Health and Human Services’ OCR originating from 2 data breaks suffered in 2013. A fine of $2.7 million will be funded by OHSU to resolve suspected HIPAA breaches without confession of responsibility. The secrecy breaks happened soon after each … Read more

Philadelphia BA Agrees to $650K OCR Payment

The Division of Health and Human Services’ OCR issued particulars of a settlement which was concluded with Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CHCS) on June 24, 2016.  CHCS has approved to settle down suspected HIPAA breaches with the Office for Civil Rights OCR as well as has approved to execute a … Read more

$1.55 Million HIPAA Agreement for Want of BAA as well as Risk Study Failures

The Division of Health and Human Services’ OCR has declared it has achieved an agreement with North Memorial Health Care of Minnesota on suspected HIPAA breaches from a 2011 data break. North Memorial has consented to pay $1,550,000 to OCR to settle down the HIPAA violation fees. After a PHI break reported on September 27, 2011, … Read more

HIPAA Business Associate Informs 31K Record Data Violation

Omaha-based Seim Johnson, a commercial partner of several healthcare providers in Nebraska and outside, has declared that one of its laptops was thieved in Nashville, Tennessee, revealing almost 31,000 healthcare patient files. The laptop had the protected health information of 30,972 healthcare patients, including 4,200 patients of Community Hospital in McCook, Nebraska. It’s not sure … Read more

Apple Health HIPAA Violation Affects 91K Medicaid Receivers

As per a statement released by Steve Dotson, HCA risk manager, a Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) worker has breached the safeguarded health info of 91,000 Apple Health Medicaid package customers over a duration of nearly 3 years. All affected persons are being informed that their name, Social Security number, Apple Health ID number, … Read more

Two Employees Sacked for Jason Pierre-Paul HIPAA Violation

Earlier in July 2015, Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giant football team member paid a visit to Jackson Memorial Hospital of Miami for medication following a fireworks mishap. News reports appeared soon after verifying Pierre-Paul had undergone a major hand damage. At the time of the disaster, the football player was discussing a new $60 million … Read more

Borgess Rheumatology Notifies 700 Patients of Mailing Mistake

Borgess Rheumatology has notified that 700 of its patients have been affected by a mailing mistake which happened on December 9, 2015. That revealed their PHI. Although no Social Security numbers or other extremely confidential data have been revealed, concerned patients have had their names as well as the truth that they get medical services … Read more

Survey Shows Law Companies are not Complying with HIPAA Regulations

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) deals with health insurers, healthcare providers, and healthcare clearinghouses, and all covered entities are required to comply with HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Infringement Announcement Laws. HIPAA additionally applies to vendors as well as other firms carrying out business with covered bodies, which are classified as HIPAA Business … Read more

ONC Publicizes Final 10-Year Interoperability Program

On Tuesday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced the long-anticipated final 10-Year Interoperability Program. After the announcement of the draft form of the program in January 2015, the Office of the National Coordinator wanted remarks from interested parties. More than 250 remarks were received, which were utilized to fine- tune the … Read more

Existing Risk of Scam from 2012 Philadelphia Ambulance HIPAA Break

This week the Philadelphia Fire Department informed a data break involving 750 people who had utilized the ambulance facility in 2012. Three years before a worker of Intermedix, the company accustomed to managing the Fire Department’s data requirements, had been provided access to files; however, one worker utilized his data access rights to thieve financial … Read more

Indiana Attorney General Announces $12,000 HIPAA Penalty for Discarded PHI

The Indiana Attorney General’s Office has announced its first penalty for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations pursuant to part 13410(e) of the HITECH Act. The penalty of $12,000 was imposed on ex Kokomo dentist, Joseph Beck, for unlawfully throwing out of the Protected Health Information (PHI) of his patients. 63 boxes of private … Read more

Highmark Branch Visionworks Struck by 75K HIPAA Break

Highmark Inc., the Pennsylvania-based health Insurance business, has declared today that Visionworks, one of its branches, has misplaced a computer server having the medical files of roughly 75,000 patients. The medicinal information saved on the server contained particulars of patients’ trips to Visionworks optometrists, their lens recommendations and names as well as addresses. The HIPAA … Read more

Boston Business Associate Sacked Over 15K HIPAA Violation

MDF Transcription Services, a Business Partner of Boston Medical Center, has been sacked after a HIPAA breach that revealed the secret data of roughly 15,000 people when their information was publicized on an unsafe transcription website. The HIPAA breach wasn’t found by the hospital, but by a different healthcare provider who noted that information had … Read more

HIPAA Violations Cost Healthcare Industry $5.6 Billion a Year

A latest statement from the Ponemon Institute has emphasized the gravity of the danger from cyber-attacks and must serve as a notice to healthcare providers that they should improve data safety. The cost to the industry is substantial. Data violations are projected to cost the healthcare trade $5.6 billion a year, and that money might be put … Read more

Wellpoint Approves $1.7 Million Payment for HIPAA Breaches

Wellpoint is among the leading providers of Affiliated Health Policies, with nearly 36 million policy holders throughout the United States. Fraction of its databank of policy holders was accessible to illegal persons between October 23, 2009, and March 7, 2010. The safety infringement was brought to the notice of Wellpoint in March 2010 when a … Read more

Idaho State University Instructed to Pay $400K Settlement for HIPAA Violation

Disobeying HIPAA rules can incur severe fines, as found by Idaho State University this month. The organization has lately been compelled to settle down with the Division of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights for suspected breaches of the HIPAA Privacy Law. Penalties were issued for HIPAA non-compliance problems pertaining to inadequacies, network … Read more

HIPAA Comprehensive Rule Comes into Force

The HIPAA Comprehensive Regulation was printed on Jan 25, 2013, by the Division of Health and Human Services (HHS) like an improvement to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The latest rule came into effect on March 26, 2013, and changes current HIPAA rules to provide greater safety of patient data; spreading the … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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) … Read more