Category archive: HIPAA

Happy HIPAA Times – Medical Center Settles with the OCR for Use Of Internet-Based Document Sharing

The OCR announced a settlement of $218,400 along with adoption of a robust plan of correction with St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (SEMC) of Brighton, MA for alleged HIPAA violations. Before the settlement, SEMC had two different events leading up to it entering the resolution agreement with HHS. The first allegation involved a complaint to the…

Happy HIPAA Thursday – Paper Records Count too!

Just ask Cornell Prescription Pharmacy about disposal of unshredded paper pharmacy records containing protected health information (PHI), and you will hear that this pharmacy paid $125,000 plus it has entered a Resolution Agreement with the OCR.  Not only is this pharmacy paying a significant penalty, it will be under a corrective action plan to correct…

Phase 2 HIPAA Audits Are Coming, Now Is The Time To Get Ready

In 2011-2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights conducted a pilot audit program (Phase 1) to evaluate covered entities compliance with HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification rules. The results of those audits…

Covered Entity Alert – HIPAA BAA Compliance Deadline is 9-23-14

The Omnibus Final Rule (Final Rule) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was issued in January 2013 and became effective on March 26, 2013 with a general compliance date of September 23, 2013. However, Covered Entities were given additional time to get their pre-Final Rule Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) in…

Happy HIPAA Monday – Stolen Laptop + No Encryption = Provider Data Breach

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA reported a stolen employee laptop containing patient protected health information as well as social security numbers and other personal information of at least 500 patients. While the hospital has encryption policies, this laptop lacked encryption after a recent operating system upgrade. The hospital will mail letters this week to potentially…


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