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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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WellPoint Agrees To Pay HHS $1.7 Million For Leaving Information Accessible Over Internet

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), WellPoint Inc. has agreed to pay them $1.7 million to settle potential violations to HIPAA Security and Privacy rules. You can read more about it here. The HHS is hoping that this case and other recent cases send an important message to all HIPAA …

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Idaho State University Settles HIPAA Security Case For $400,000

According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Idaho State University has agreed to pay them $400,000 for violations of the HIPAA Security rule. The settlement was reached after 17,500 patients of an ISU clinic’s health records were compromised. You can read more about it here. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) opened …

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Kim Kardashian’s HIPAA Privacy case – A HIPAA Law by Law Perspective

Hi, this is Steven Marco. I wanted to post this article as a great example of how Hospitals and Clinics can protect the organization from inappropriate actions of its staff.  And always am thinking on what HIPAA laws are touched with this case. This case provides a shining example of how requiring unique user IDs …

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Ready or Not, Here Come HIPAA Audits!

After running a successful pilot program in 2012 The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is looking to launch a national HIPAA compliance audit program by the end of this year to ensure that all health care providers and business associates are compliant with HIPAA privacy and HIPAA security rules …

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OCR gives an important 2013 update on their HIPAA Security and Privacy Enforcement status

The resumption of the HIPAA compliance audit program is on hold while regulators analyze pilot audit project results and implement the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, says Susan McAndrew of the HHS Office for Civil Rights.

OCR Issues First Fine for Non-Major Breach – Hospice of North Idaho

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights for the first time is financially punishing an organization for a breach of protected health information that affected less than 500 individuals. This is a new policy as OCR has previously limited issuance of hefty fines–and publicity of the fines–against several organizations following a …

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HIPAA Privacy Audits begin – 20 “initial” audits to 150 audits by end of 2012

Is attestation means to hold providers accountable for expenditure of public funds and protect against fraud and abuse? The Office for Civil Rights has engaged KPMG using $9M of their $52M budget for this year enforcing HIPAA compliance and investigating breaches for the CMS.  The covered entities in scope for KPMG audits are those that have received …

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UPDATE: Risks beyond ARRA, HITECH and HIPAA: PHI = $1,000 per individual = $4.9 Billion charge to TriCare

This is an example of a “hole” allowing unencrypted backup tapes to leave the facility and led to one of the largest ePHI breaches in history. Had they a solid HIPAA Risk Analysis covering encryption and ePHI disclosure policies, this breach would not had been a breach.  Or shown due diligence to help convince the judge …

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Stanford University Hospital breach – UPDATE – From $250K file to $2.1M

Earlier in September, 2011, Stanford University Hospital was fined $250K under HIPAA by the State of California.  As Stanford U.H. filed an appeal, they were served papers with a $20M lawsuit.    That is 20,000 (ePHI records) times $1,000 per record equals $20,000,000. http://www.healthdatamanagement.com/news/breach-hospital-notification-hipaa-privacy-43379-1.html?ET=healthdatamanagement:e2051:197714a:&st=email&utm_source=editorial&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=HDM_Daily_101411 Per the article, “The lawsuit, seeking a $1,000 award for each affected patient, alleges violation of state law that …

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