6 largest HIPAA settlement fines of 2016

By Erin Dietsche 2016 served as evidence of two looming and growing issues in health IT: data breaches and HIPAA settlements. Not only did the number of data breaches and cyberattacks increase throughout the year, but HHS’ Office for Civil Rights also continued to become more ag
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Why Your Health Insurance Data Should Be Liberated

By David Vivero In a world where you can access nearly all human knowledge from a device in your pocket, it’s absurd that you still can’t find out how much having a baby will cost you. But it’s not surprising. “Health data” is such a hot topic these days that you’d think it was a rece
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No, HIPAA was not waived in Orlando, and here’s why

By Jacqueline Howard, CNN (CNN) In the aftermath of the deadly shooting at Pulse, an Orlando gay bar, family and friends of wounded victims sought all the information they could about their loved ones’ health. But there was mass confusion around medical privacy and the Health In
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Court: Providers must release all of patient data to patients, families

By Randy Ludlow In a consumer-friendly ruling, the Ohio Supreme Court found today that any patient data kept by a health care provider — regardless of purpose or location — is a medical record that must be released to patients and families. Read more…
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Anthem Data Breach Implications for Employers

By Chris Rylands & Carrie Byrnes As has now been widely reported, Anthem, Inc. was the unfortunate target of a cyber-attack potentially impacting 80 million current and former customers. Some reports have indicated that the HIPAA breach notification rules will not apply to this br
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CCIIO Guidance: Updated Procedures and Requirements for HIPAA Exemption Election by Non-Federal Governmental Plans That Are Self-Insured

CCIIO Guidance: Updated Procedures and Requirements for HIPAA Exemption Election by Non-Federal Governmental Plans That Are Self-Insured MyHealthGuide Source: Mandy Cohen, M.D., MHP, Acting Director, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, CMS, Full Text Guidance The
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Physician anxieties linger as CMS sets Oct. 1, 2015 conversion date for ICD-10

By Joseph Conn The countdown has restarted toward the compliance deadline with the federally mandated conversion to the ICD-10 diagnostic and procedural codes. The new ICD-10 start date is Oct. 1, 2015, according to a terse statement from the CMS. Read more…
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49,000 N.C. Medicaid cards mailed to wrong addresses

By Associated Press North Carolina health officials said Friday that they had inadvertently disclosed the personal information of tens of thousands of children receiving Medicaid coverage, but were tight-lipped about precisely what caused the massive privacy breach. Read more…
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Colorado notifies 1,918 of Medicaid privacy breach

By Associated Press Colorado Medicaid is notifying 1,918 people of an information security breach involving a private contractor employee who sent the information to a personal email account. Read more…
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HHS issues model HIPAA notices of privacy practices

By Kate Bongiovanni Less than a week before the compliance deadline for the final omnibus rule issued under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office for Civil Rights and the Office of the National Coordinator for
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