Wellness programs are great ways for employers to provide guidance on ways employees can improve their health through fitness, diet and various other means.
Are HIPAA Laws Ineffective? Must Not Be Since Healthcare Cyberattacks Have Increased by 125% in the Past 5 Years!
I have always thought HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) was a huge waste of time, money, and resources which was confirmed by a May 2015 Survey which estimates “that data breaches could be costing the industry $6 billion” and more “than 90 percent of healthcare organizations represented in this study had a data breach, and 40 percent had more than five data breaches over the past two years.”
Our partner Elizabeth Litten and I were once again quoted by our good friend Marla Durben Hirsch in her recent article in Medical Practice Compliance Alert entitled “Beware of HIPAA, Patient Privacy During Practice Employment Disputes.”
Cornell Prescription Pharmacy (“CPP”), a Colorado single-location pharmacy, has agreed to pay $125,000 to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights to settle alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”).
Today, April 14, 2015, marks the 12th anniversary of the compliance date for the HIPAA Privacy Rules for most “Covered Entities” – healthcare providers who engage in certain electronic transactions, health plans, and healthcare clearing houses.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) tasked the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) (the division of the Department of Health and Human Services responsible for enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and regulations promulgated thereto) with conducting audits of covered entities and business associates for compliance with HIPAA.
Electronic medical records provide a multitude of benefits for providers and patients by promoting efficient record access, cost savings and better patient care. So what’s the down side?
Beware Medical Records Subpoenas: Connecticut Supreme Court Issues Opinion On Negligence for Noncompliance with HIPAA Standards
Health care providers and their medical records custodians constantly find themselves under pressure to release medical records immediately upon receipt of a subpoena.
Recently, a national BlueCross BlueShield affiliate, Anthem, Inc., discovered that its information technology systems was hacked.
I posed a question in Part 1 of this post which I will summarize here: is personal health information provided to a Patient Assistance Program (PAP) in order to help with covering the cost of prescription drugs protected as “protected health information” (PHI) under HIPAA?