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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
Phase 2 HIPAA Audits – The OCR Emails Have Begun

Phase 2 HIPAA Audits – The OCR Emails Have Begun

This article was originally published on HIPAA Secure Now!. By Jonathan Krasner, Director of Business Development, HIPAA Secure Now! Back in March, we reported that OCR had announced its Phase 2 Audit Program. OCR stated that they would compile a database of both Covered Entities and Business Associates to form the basis of the pool of organizations potentially targeted for audit. They have followed up on their intentions and in the last week organizations have started to receive contact emails from OCR. The first email that an organization gets will […]

July 13, 2016 | By More
OCR Releases New HIPAA Audit Protocol and Business Associate Listing Template

OCR Releases New HIPAA Audit Protocol and Business Associate Listing Template

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.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released an updated Audit Protocol that it plans to use while investigating health care entities for HIPAA compliance. The biggest change to the audit protocol is the distinction that OCR has made between what’s required of Business Associates (BAs) versus what’s required of Covered Entities (CEs). The […]

June 1, 2016 | By More
Practical mHealth HIPAA Advice: At Long Last

Practical mHealth HIPAA Advice: At Long Last

The following is a guest blog post from hitechanswers.net, a community hub site dedicated to educating healthcare providers and other stakeholders on the HITECH Act, the CMS EHR Incentive Program, Meaningful Use and other Federal Health IT initiatives. Matthew Fisher is the chair of the Health Law Group at Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP, in Worcester, MA. Matt advises his clients in all aspects of healthcare regulatory compliance, including HIPAA, the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute. This article was originally published on Mirick O’Connell’s Health Law Blog and is republished here […]

March 21, 2016 | By More
Cyber-awareness: New Education from OCR

Cyber-awareness: New Education from OCR

The following is a guest blog post from hitechanswers.net, a community hub site dedicated to educating healthcare providers and other stakeholders on the HITECH Act, the CMS EHR Incentive Program, Meaningful Use and other Federal Health IT initiatives. Matthew Fisher is the chair of the Health Law Group at Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP, in Worcester, MA. Matt advises his clients in all aspects of healthcare regulatory compliance, including HIPAA, the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute. This article was originally published on Mirick O’Connell’s Health Law Blog and is republished here […]

March 7, 2016 | By More
Compliance with HIPAA Privacy Rule Spotty

Compliance with HIPAA Privacy Rule Spotty

The following is a guest blog post from hitechanswers.net, a community hub site dedicated to educating healthcare providers and other stakeholders on the HITECH Act, the CMS EHR Incentive Program, Meaningful Use and other Federal Health IT initiatives. Matthew Fisher is the chair of the Health Law Group at Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP, in Worcester, MA. Matt advises his clients in all aspects of healthcare regulatory compliance, including HIPAA, the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute. This article was originally published on Mirick O’Connell’s Health Law Blog and is republished here […]

October 19, 2015 | 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