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OCR Imposes a $1.6 Million Civil Money Penalty against Texas Health...

Nov 7, 2019 The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has imposed a $1,600,000 civil money...

Failure to encrypt mobile devices results in $3 million HIPAA settlement

A US health system is forced to settle as a result of not encrypting mobile phones. Check out the source or the report...

New HIPAA Security Risk Assessment Tool incorporates NIST framework

Version 3.1 of the HHS Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool features new functionality

Tropical Storm Barry: Limited Waiver of HIPAA Sanctions and Penalties During...

Severe disasters – such as Tropical Storm Barry – impose additional challenges on health care providers.  Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar...

New HHS Fact Sheet on Direct Liability of Business Associates under...

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a new fact sheet that provides a clear compilation of all provisions through which a...

Indiana Medical Records Service Pays $100,000 to Settle HIPAA Breach

Medical Informatics Engineering, Inc. (MIE) has paid $100,000 to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,...

New HHS Checklist Helps First Responders Ensure Language Access and Effective...

Dec 11, 2018 Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has unveiled a plain language checklist to...

Yes, HIPAA Requires Medical Records to Be Emailed to Patients if...

Daniel Solove via Teachprivacy.com 11/29/2018 Have you ever asked your healthcare provider to send you medical records by email?  Most likely, you’ve received the reply:...

Anthem Pays OCR $16 Million in Record HIPAA Settlement Following Largest...

October 15, 2018 Anthem, Inc. has agreed to pay $16 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR)...

OCR Reissues Guidance to Help Ensure Equal Access to Emergency Services...

October 11, 2018 In the midst of Hurricane Michael, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and its federal partners remain in close coordination as...

Unauthorized Disclosure of Patients’ Protected Health Information During “Boston Med” Filming...

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it has reached separate settlements with Boston Medical Center...

Feds snag $100K deal from defunct Northbrook firm accused of leaving...

A recent $100,000 settlement with a defunct Northbrook-based record and file storage and disposal firm should put companies dealing in legally protected personal information on notice that the federal government will not allow a business closure to deter it from enforcing HIPAA privacy rules.