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2014’s ePHI Data Breaches & How CEs Can Prepare for the Next One

Each quarter Alan Davis at Proteus Consulting, LLC, disperses the Northwest’s Security Bulletin: HIPAA Safe. While typically focusing on the HIPAA Security Rule in particular, the spring issue of HIPAA Safe focuses on preparing for a data breach. Before diving into Davis’ recommendations for pre-breach activities and processes, let’s examine the breaches that occurred during …

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Risks of Ignoring HIPAA

How Long Can You Fly Under the Radar? HIPAA Security is Mandatory.

Think you can disregard or only be partially compliant with HIPAA? Think again. The HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules are federal and national standards to protect patients’ privacy of their sensitive medical records. The Office for Civil Rights strictly enforces these rules to protect all patients from discrimination and to keep their sensitive health information …

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Adult & Pediatric Dermatology Fined $150,000 For Lost Thumb Drive

Recently a dermatology practice learned that something so small could be very costly. Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, P.C., of Concord, Mass., lost a thumb drive, which doesn’t seem like a huge deal except that specific thumb drive was unencrypted and contained the electronic protected health information of about 2,200 individuals. The US Department of Health …

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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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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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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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