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HIPAA Small Breach Notifications Due March 1st

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Small breaches discovered in 2017, must be reported to HHS by March 1, 2018.
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Categories: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HHS , HIPAA Breach , Small breach , March 1 2018 , HIPAA , OCR

OCR Announces $2.5 Million HIPAA Settlement

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The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced a $2.5 million settlement with a wireless health services provider, CardioNet, for violations of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
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Categories: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: OCR , Office for Civil Rights , Health and Human Services , DHHS , CardioNet , settlement , HIPAA , Privacy , Security , mobile device
According to a Press Release on January 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has announced the first Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcement settlement of 2017 based on the untimely reporting of a breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI).
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Categories: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HIPAA , HHS , OCR , Breach , Penalty

HIPAA Audits Phase 2 Rolled Out by OCR

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The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced it has begun Phase 2 of HIPAA audit. OCR has begun releasing initial emails looking for contact information to identify covered entities and business associates of various types. Once contact information is obtained, OCR will then transmit a pre-audit questionnaire to gather data about the size, type, and operations, which will be used to create the pool used to select who will be audited.
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Categories: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HIPAA , HHS , Health Care , OCR