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Healthcare Organizations Should Expect More and Larger HIPAA Penalties

HIPAA Enforcer previews 2013 Leon Rodriguez, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR,) said his office has an “inventory” of ongoing investigations that he […]

Idaho Hospice pays $ 50,000 for losing fewer than 500 patient records

  January 2, 2013 -- Today the US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights announced that it had accepted a $ 50,000 resolution agreement with Hospice […]

HIPAA Enforcer previews 2013

Leon Rodriguez, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR,) said his office has an "inventory" of ongoing investigations that he expects will conclude with […]

Need Help Meeting the Meaningful Use Risk Analysis Deadline?

The 90-day reporting period for EHR Meaningful Use is winding down. The reporting period ends December 31, 2012, and Medicare Eligible Professionals have until February 28, 2013 to submit their […]

SuperStorm Sandy Lessons Learned

Cleanup from SuperStorm Sandy is still taking place, but here are a few lessons that have already been learned by those who experienced the storm. Personal safety is always number […]

HIPAA Enforcement TAKES OFF!

No one thought that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would go after a small medical practice until a 5-doctor cardiac practice in Phoenix paid a $ […]

Risk Assessment in Practice: new ERM thought paper

Recognizing the evolving nature of enterprise risk management (ERM) in recent years, COSO has released a new thought paper entitled ‘Risk Assessment in Practice’. Authored by representatives from Deloitte, this […]

Meaningful Use Audits to begin

Some physicians who have received a meaningful use incentive check for adopting electronic health records may have received another piece of mail recently from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid […]

Mass. Eye & Ear Hospital pays $1.5 million HIPAA penalty for stolen laptop

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates Inc. (collectively referred to as “MEEI”) has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) […]

Alaska pays $1.7 million HIPAA penalty for lost hard drive

Alaska settles HIPAA security case for $1,700,000 The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) $1,700,000 […]

"Even though I serve both as the county IT director and the HIPAA Security Officer, I would not have been able to identify some of the issues you uncovered. As an outside organization you were able to gather information objectively, and offer a perspective I could not have gotten using internal resources. Your certifications in HIPAA and Security enabled you to ask the right questions, and relate your findings directly to the HIPAA rules."
Ken Peaslee, Director, Information Technology
County of Steuben, NY

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