Entries from HEALTH LAW SECTION BLOG tagged with 'HIPAA'

OCR Confirms Launch of Phase II HIPAA Audits

According to a May 18 article in the National Law Review, covered entities have reported receiving notices of the Phase II audits, which were supposed to have begun last year. The audits begin with surveys, which are going out to...

New York City HHC Reports Data Breach

From the May 22 Becker's Health IT and CIO Review: A former New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. employee improperly accessed and transmitted files containing protected health information, prompting the health system to notify nearly 90,000 patients their data...

Jail Time for HIPAA Violator

Today's HealthLeaders Media has an article on a recent HIPAA sentencing: A federal judge has sentenced a man to six years in prison for his role in a prescription fraud scheme that included crimes of healthcare fraud, aggravated identity theft...

NY court notes terms for health disclosures - WSJ.com

The Wall Street Journal posted an AP release on its website on a Court of Appeals decision concerning patient record privacy: New York's top court says medical officials seeking a patient's mental health records in order to require further treatment...

NY Hospital Data Theft May Affect Records of 1.7 Million

From HealthLeadersMedia today: With the recent theft of an electronic medical records file now confirmed, New York City officials have begun the arduous process of notifying 1.7 million patients, staff, contractors, vendors and others who were treated or who provided...

HHS proposed new rules under HIPAA, privacy website

From HHS news-7/8/10-HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced important new rules and resources to strengthen the privacy of health information... (1)From the Joint Statement:[The] proposed regulations under HIPAA of 1996 would expand individuals’ rights to access their information and restrict certain...

New website, blog:HealthReform.Gov; Annual Report on Fed. Activities to Reduce Health Care Fraud

From 5/14/2010 HHS news release - HHS and DOJ Officials highlighted the new tools in the Affordable Care Act that will help fight fraud, strengthen consumer rights and protect taxpayer dollars.(1) The annual Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program...

Threat of HIPAA "Jail Time" Now Real

When first implementing HIPAA way back when, attorneys and consultants typically raised the threat of jail time to point out the risks of ignoring the then new rule. In the following years, the lack of any significant enforcement activities belied...

NY Hospital Clerk Arrested For Identity Theft

Online today at the Albany Times-Union website: A medical records clerk from St. Peter’s Hospital was arrested on charges of stealing patients’ personal information and using it to open credit card accounts, police said, and more unknowing victims could be...

Three Plead Guilty Under HIPAA Criminal Chrages

From a Justice Department press release July 20, 2009: Jane W. Duke, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, along with Thomas J. Browne, Special-Agent-in-Charge of the Little Rock Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced today...

Maybe They Mean the Other HIPAA

In one of the more amusing misuses of HIPAA I've seen in 13 years, the Albany County Treasurer is claiming that she cannot release correspondence from individuals contesting parking tickets because of HIPAA. From today's Times Union: The city treasurer...

Medical Records Posted Online

From yesterday's Times Union: Alice Fisk searched Google hoping to find condolence messages written on memorial sites for her daughter, who died in September from complications of diabetes. Instead of condolences, Fisk found a medical report about her daughter's visit...

Public policy,on-line medical records, privacy concerns-analysis by CDT

From CDT, here is an up to date and concise resource-- a helpful frame of reference about some of the issues regarding online medical records and related privacy concerns. CDT observes that: The public has significant privacy concerns about having...

A Michigan Hospital's HIPAA Kerfluffle

It seems like nosy hospital employee stories are increasingly in the news: The state of Michigan says it is investigating a hospital where employees improperly looked at Gov. Jennifer Granholm's medical records. The AP story is here. The Detroit...

HHS OCR: No More Mr. HIPAA-Nice Guy

Until recently, lawyers advising clients on HIPAA issues could say that while HIPAA regulations give regulators the ability to impose some fairly significant fines, the focus of enforcement activities thus far has been on remediation and compliance. No longer: The...

Dump HIPAA? Careful What You Wish For!

It is probably too early to call it a "trend," but my news aggregator seems suddenly to be spitting out "dump HIPAA" articles in goodly number. To spare front-page gazers the length of my remarks on this issue, I've put...

Patients Steamed Over Fundraising Letters

Today's San Francisco Chronicle online has a piece bemoaning health care fundraising activity as an invasion of patient privacy: Joan Broner, like many people, never reads the fine print at her medical appointments. As a consequence, the 58-year-old San Francisco...

Criminal HIPAA Charges - Coming Wave?

Yet another criminal HIPAA case: Jane W. Duke, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, along with William C. Temple, Special Agent in Charge of the Little Rock Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced today the...

Another HIPAA Criminal Indictment

Hard on the heels of the patient data theft at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center comes an indictment of an administrative specialist at UCLA Medical Center for snooping in celebrity medical records. Lawanda Jackson, 49, was indicted April 9 on...

Patient Information Theft at NYC Hospital (Updated 4/14)

Today's New York Times reports: An employee of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan stole information from the records of as many as 40,000 patients, a hospital spokeswoman said on Friday. The theft — which occurred over the past...

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