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

Snapchat Video Post Results Nursing Assistant Sacking

A nursing helper from the Parkside Manor assisted-living service in Kenosha, WI. has been sacked for showing a video of a nearly nude 93-year-old Alzheimer’s patient as well as distributing the file on Snapchat. In recent months an unpleasant tendency has developed concerning nurses taking pictures as well as videos of old patients and distributing … 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