OCR Hones in On Smaller HIPAA Breaches

By | Health Law Advisor | August 22, 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”), the agency tasked with enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), recently announced that it will redouble its efforts to investigate smaller breaches of Protected Health Information (“PHI”) that affect fewer than five-hundred (500) individuals.

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HRSA Proposes Administrative Process to Resolve Disputes Between 340B Program Covered Entities and Drug Manufacturers

HRSA Proposes Administrative Process to Resolve Disputes Between 340B Program Covered Entities and Drug Manufacturers

Taking a step toward completing a requirement imposed by the Affordable Care Act, the federal government has proposed regulations that would create an administrative dispute resolution (“ADR”) process to resolve disputes between 340B Program covered entities and drug manufacturers.

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ONC Report Identifies Gaps in Data Protection for Health, Wellness, and Fitness Data

ONC Report Identifies Gaps in Data Protection for Health, Wellness, and Fitness Data

A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) highlights data protection gaps in the U.S. for health data from wearable devices, social media, and emerging technologies.

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CMS Targets Inappropriate Social Media Use in Nursing Homes

By | Healthcare Law Insights | August 8, 2016
CMS Targets Inappropriate Social Media Use in Nursing Homes

The U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a memo (Ref:  S&C: 16-33-NH) Aug. 5, 2016, to state nursing home survey agency directors related to protecting resident privacy and prohibiting mental abuse related to photographs and audio/video recordings by nursing home staff.

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