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A MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH CARE PROVIDER AGREED TO PAY $1.5 MILLION TO SETTLE A HIPAA PRIVACY VIOLATION

            HHS’ Office of Civil Rights announced this week that a Mass. health care provider will pay a $1.5 million settlement to resolve a HIPAA privacy violation.   http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/enforcement/examples/meei-agreement.html.  The monetary settlement is part of a resolution agreement and the result of the alleged 2010 theft of a laptop computer that held 3,621 patient records.  The … Continue reading

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OCR Releases Guidance on HITECH Disclosure Accounting

OCR released, on May 31, 2011, the long awaited notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) regarding the accounting for disclosures of protected health information (PHI) by covered entities and business associates. These proposed regulations seek to implement the HITECH requirement that covered entities and business associates track disclosures for payment, treatment and healthcare operations. If adopted, the … Continue reading

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Can Your Hospital Pass an HHS Security Audit?

The HIPAA Privacy and Security regulations have been around since 2006.  Much has been written about data privacy and the unauthorized access to protected health information.  Often, however, hospitals take compliance with security requirements for granted.  It is easy to guess why, as this part of the HIPAA regulations concerns the creation of technical and … Continue reading

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