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State Attorney General HIPAA Training Now Available to Anyone

Posted in Attorney General Action, Health Records Privacy, Healthcare, HITECH

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has made its state attorney general HIPAA enforcement training material available to anyone.  “Although developed for state AGs, the training materials provide a great deal of information about the content and enforcement of the HIPAA Rules that may be of interest to a broader audience,” OCR said on its website.  As a… Continue Reading

Healthcare Organizations still “under the weather” according to Ponemon’s Second Annual Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security

Posted in Cyber Breach, Damages, Data Breach, Federal Legislation, Health Records Privacy, Healthcare, HITECH, Physician, Uncategorized

Although Ponemon’s Second Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security has shown some improvement for health organizations the overall message is still bleak.  The second annual report examines changes from the past year that may have affected privacy and data protection in healthcare organizations.  It also looks as how well the healthcare organizations are… Continue Reading

HHS Issues its First Annual Report to Congress on HIPAA Compliance

Posted in Health Records Privacy, Healthcare, Physician, Privacy, Privacy Legislation

As required by the HITECH Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) in August issued its first annual report to Congress regarding compliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. The HIPAA Privacy Rule established national standards to protect medical records and personal health information (“PHI”), while limiting the use and disclosure of such… Continue Reading

HHS receives 433 comments regarding proposed “HIPAA Privacy Rule Accounting of Disclosures under HITECH”

Posted in Health Records Privacy, Physician, Privacy Legislation

On May 31, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) posted the “HIPAA Privacy Rule Accounting of Disclosures under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act” for comments.  Needless to say it is a hot topic, with 433 comments within the August 1 deadline. The proposed disclosure rule modifies the HIPAA’s… Continue Reading

Pharmaceutical Data Mining Law Struck Down

Posted in Health Records Privacy

Most patients are unaware that when they fill a prescription at a pharmacy, the pharmacy sells identifying information about the prescribing doctor to “data miners.”  Data miners are firms that analyze the information and produce reports on the prescriber’s behavior: is the doctor quick to prescribe new drugs on the market? does the doctor substitute drugs… Continue Reading