My partner Elizabeth Litten and I were recently interviewed for an article entitled “Connecticut ‘opens floodgates’ for HIPAA litigation” published in “Privacy this Week” by DataGuidance. The full text of the article can be found in the November 13, 2014 issue of “Privacy this Week,” but a discussion of the article is set forth below.
On December 2, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a $150,000 settlement with Anchorage Community Mental Health Services, Inc. (ACMHS) for alleged violations of the HIPAA Security Rule.
On December 8, 2014, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it has agreed to settle potential HIPAA Security Rule violations with Anchorage Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS), a five-facility, nonprofit organization providing behavioral health care services to children, adults, and families in Anchorage, Alaska.
A recently announced settlement between Anchorage Community Mental Health (“ACMHS”) and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) emphasizes, once again, the importance of compliance with the Security Rule and keeping IT infrastructure up to date.
A recent opinion from the Connecticut Supreme Court illustrates that HIPAA is not the only law that covered entities and business associates must worry about if an unauthorized disclosure of protected health information (PHI) happens on their watch.
Your vendor’s employee goes home after a long day of collecting wellness questionnaires and biometric screening results only to wake up the next day to discover that her car has been stolen from her driveway.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the office responsible for administering and enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), will continue to audit HIPAA covered entities and business associates in 2015.
Pharmacists and Health Professionals Beware: Indiana Court of Appeals Upholds $1.44 Million Jury Verdict Resulting from HIPAA Violation
As previously reported, an Indiana jury awarded $1.44 million to a Walgreens customer based on allegations that the customer’s pharmacist accessed, reviewed and shared the customer’s prescription history with others who then used the information to intimidate and harass the customer.
Because the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) does not provide a private right of action, plaintiff’s attorneys have sought a means to link HIPAA violations to other state or federal legal frameworks which do provide direct recourse for private individuals.