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Weren’t Business Associates Already Subject to HIPAA Before September 2013?

Before September 23rd, 2013, business associates were subject to upholding the provisions in the contracts by which they were governed. That meant that the contracts controlled the type, amount, and use of protected information a business associate was able to handle. Now through the new HIPAA policy changes, covered entities no longer determine the liability …

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Can A Business Associate Self-Certify or Be Certified By A Third Party As HIPAA Compliant?

Too often there are misconceptions about new laws or policies because there has been too little effort to educate or to elaborate on details concerning the changes that the new laws or policies will effect. That is the case with the new HIPAA laws that have been in effect since September 2013. Evidence of this …

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Atlanta Children’s Hospital Fires and Files Suit Against Executive

According to a recent report,  an award-winning Atlanta children’s hospital recently fired and filed suit on one of its former top executives for allegedly stealing hospital data. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta filed a complaint in Atlanta federal court on Oct. 25 against Sharon McCray, who was its corporate audit adviser, claiming she stole a considerable …

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What’s The Difference Between A Covered Entity & Business Associate?

Knowing the distinction between a covered entity and a business associate is essential because the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule is administered differently between the two. If you understand the difference, then you understand who has access to your medical data and what authority they possess to do with that medical information. …

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Privacy breaches In VA Health Records Wound Veterans

With HIPAA being enforced more stringently recently there have been a number of cases where health providers are facing HIPAA related fines or lawsuits. The most recent is none other than the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. While some previous cases seemed unintentional or simple mistakes, according to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review investigation there were widespread …

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Google – A HIPAA Compliant Business Associate?

Last month, Google announced that they will sign a HIPAA Business associate agreement (BAA) with organizations who are using their Google Apps services: Gmail, Calendar, Drive, and Google Apps Vault. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is a set of laws requiring secure access to identifiable healthcare information. All organizations must comply in protecting …

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Advocate Medical Sued for Breach of Patient Electronic Medical Records

For something as simple as “plain old know better,” $50,000 or more could be the penalty for a breach of HIPAA law from Advocate Medical in Illinois. This breach has been described by the prosecuting attorney, Shannon M. McNulty, as a failure “to follow basic operating procedures”. The law suit has been filed due to …

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New HIPAA Rules Go Into Effect On Monday – What You NEED To Know

The new HIPAA rules that will go into effect September 23rd, 2013 have changes that affect any company that deals with PHI. That means doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners, hospitals, nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, health care insurance companies, medical billing companies, and licensed coding contractors. All of these and others will need to take a …

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Walgreens Sued for Sharing Patient’s Private Medical Info

An Indiana woman was awarded $1.44 million by Walgreens Co. after a pharmacist illegally accessed and shared her private medical information. The lawsuit against Walgreens was for the violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).  HIPPA requires health care providers to observe strict guidelines for handling private information of patients but it does …

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HHS Settles With Affinity Health Plan Inc. In Photocopier Breach Case

Affinity Health Plan, Inc., a not for profit, will settle prospective violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules for $1,215,780 with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HIPAA covered entities, like Affinity, are require to report to Health and Human Services when protected health …

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