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Mixing It Up: HIPAA Hybrid Entities

Mixing It Up: HIPAA Hybrid Entities

When it comes to HIPAA compliance, no stone can be left unturned. The most recent HIPAA settlement announced by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the Federal Department of Health and Human Services continues the trend of using settlement agreements to highlight specific areas of HIPAA for compliance.

December 21, 2016 | By More
Covered Entities Must Ensure Policies Account for Federal and State Laws

Covered Entities Must Ensure Policies Account for Federal and State Laws

The following is a guest blog post from HITECH Answers, a community hub site in the Health IT Answers network. Guest author, Bob Grant, is the¬†Chief Strategy Officer, Compliancy Group.¬† Understanding the regulatory requirements that govern the use and disclosure of protected health information (PHI) is essential for health care professionals operating across the country. However, federal HIPAA regulation only accounts for a portion of those requirements. State laws and regulations regarding PHI are equally important, especially when it comes to how health care professionals are expected to respond in […]

May 18, 2016 | By More
L.A. Business Associate Causes HIPAA Breach of 165,000 Health Records

L.A. Business Associate Causes HIPAA Breach of 165,000 Health Records

A Business Associate working for the L.A. County department of health has caused a massive HIPAA breach of more than 165,000 health records. The breach occurred when eight laptops were stolen from Sutherland Healthcare Solution’s offices on February 5th. Now, anyone can suffer a break-in, so why do I write that the breach was the vendor’s fault? It is their fault because the laptops contained unencrypted Protected Health Information (PHI). But don’t take my word on it. Federal law makes it clear that the vendor is liable for the breach. […]

March 10, 2014 | By More