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$3 Million HIPAA Settlement for Failing to Encrypt Mobile Devices

Mobile devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets have many beneficial uses in the healthcare facility if the appropriate safeguards are in place! Mobile storage devices such as external hard drives and flash drives can be extremely...

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Multiple HIPAA Violations Leads to a $2.5 Million Civil Monetary Penalty

For one covered entity, violations of the HIPAA Security and Breach Notification Rules ended up costing them over $2.15 million! The covered entity has already paid the full civil monetary penalty (CMP) and did not contest the Office for Civil...

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OCR Reminds Us of the Importance of Protecting Patients with HIV from Discrimination

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a successful corrective action and resolution for a complaint against a covered entity. According to OCR, the complaint alleged that Florida Orthopaedic unlawfully canceled surgery because of a...

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Proposed Changes to the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute Announced

On October 9. 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced proposed changes that would update the Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark Law) issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Federal...

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Cybersecurity Tips to Avoid Tricks to ePHI

Trick-or-treating is a popular Halloween tradition in the United States, and other countries. Most of us associate "treats" with some form of candy, and "tricks" as possible pranks or other forms of mischief if a treat is not given by the...

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HHS Issues a Part 2 Proposed Rule to Better Facilitate Care for SUDs

It has been a major focus for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to combat the opioid epidemic while still ensuring that the confidentiality of patient records is maintained. HHS is proposing to revise the federal...

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