Two companies were hit with fines equaling a total of almost $2 million to settle alleged Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations involving stolen, unencrypted laptops, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced on Tuesday.
Unencrypted laptop computers and other mobile devices pose significant risks to the security of patient information, reminds the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in its announcement yesterday that it collected $1,975,220 from two entities collectively to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.
The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) just announced a pair of settlements arising out of the theft of two laptops containing protected health information (“PHI”).
When the Long Arm of HIPAA Reaches into Mergers, Acquisitions and Asset Sales of Health Care Practices
If you have ever bought or sold a business, or you have experience with the process, you are aware of the due diligence efforts and multiple agreements required to close the deal.
County Governments Not Immune from HIPAA Enforcement: OCR Announces $215,000 Settlement with Skagit County, Washington
On March 7, 2014, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced its first settlement and corrective action plan with a county government.
Imagine you have completed your HIPAA risk assessment and implemented a robust privacy and security plan designed to meet each criteria of the Omnibus Rule.
Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new, free, downloadable tool to assist small and medium-size health care provider offices to conduct security risk assessments (SRA).
New HIPAA Tool Released by the Federal Government – Makes Assessing Risks Easier and It Won’t Cost You a Dime
Do you lie awake at night wondering if you or the health care entity for which you work is complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”)? If so, you will be happy to hear that a good night’s sleep might be in your future.
On March 28, HHS released new resources on risk analysis requirements under the HIPAA Security Rule.