21st Century Cures Act Includes Prohibition On Information Blocking and Mandates for Additional HIPAA Guidance

On November 30, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives voted strongly in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act (the Act), an expansive health bill that addresses the discovery and development of new medical therapies as well the delivery of health care treatment by providers. View Full Post
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Foreshadowing HIPAA Under the New Administration: Will Transparency Trump Privacy?

By | HIPAA, HITECH & HIT | December 1, 2016
It may not come as a surprise that Congressman Tom Price, MD (R-GA), a vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act who introduced legislation to replace it last spring, was selected to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Trump administration. View Full Post
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OCR Guidance Underscores Importance of Authentication Under HIPAA

OCR Guidance Underscores Importance of Authentication Under HIPAA In its tenth OCR Cyber Awareness Newsletter of the year (Newsletter), the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reminded HIPAA-covered entities and business associates of the importance of selecting an appropriate authentication method to protect electronic protected health information (ePHI). View Full Post
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GAO Report Criticizes HHS’ HIPAA Cybersecurity Guidance and Program

GAO Report Criticizes HHS’ HIPAA Cybersecurity Guidance and Program Recently, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reviewed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) security and privacy oversight and identified significant gaps in the cybersecurity guidance provided by HHS to entities regulated by HIPAA. View Full Post
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Recap of the OCR/NIST Conference On Safeguarding Health Information

Recap of the OCR/NIST Conference On Safeguarding Health Information Representatives from government and the private sector discussed the present state of healthcare cybersecurity, and experts discussed practical strategies for implementing the HIPAA Security Rule at the ninth annual “Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security” conference held from October 19–20, 2016 and co-hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR). View Full Post
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