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Paper-based PHI and Business Associate Cause HIPAA Breach

  A story over at Gov Info Security details a recent HIPAA breach involving paper-based records that were dumped on a city street on the way to be disposed. “During transport, a small quantity of records were released on Fowler Street in Fort Myers, Florida,” the statement says. “This incident resulted from the condition of […]

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The Aftermath of a HIPAA Data Breach

Quite often we hear about data breaches, but we don’t always hear about the consequences.  On February 17,  Memphis, TN media sources ran articles about a man who was indicted on felony fraud charges.  According to a Commercial Appeal newspaper article: “Jeremy Jones is charged in a scheme to steal the identities of more than […]

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Hollywood hospital becomes ransomware victim

A hospital in Hollywood, CA has been a victim of a ransomware attack that has left computers unusable for over a week. According to a ZDNet article: the Southern California hospital has been left unable to practice its usual day-to-day operations. The hospital’s president and CEO Allen Stefanek said “significant IT issues” were discovered last […]

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CMS Administrator Announces the End of Meaningful Use – NOT

Last week, Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), spoke at a health care conference.  The text of his speech can be found here.   His remarks touched on many subjects including Meaningful Use.  The MU program is controversial because many providers feel,  and with good reason, that portions of MU are […]

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HHS offers guidance regarding HIPAA and individual access

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued guidance regarding an Individual’s Right under HIPAA to Access their Health Information. The link should be bookmarked by all organizations as a reference for future guidance, questions and answers: http://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/privacy/guidance/access/index.html Here is the introduction text from the guidance: Providing individuals with easy access to their […]

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HHS modifies HIPAA to strengthen the firearm background check system

CMS announced in a blog post that HHS has modified HIPAA to strengthen the firearm background check system. Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) moved forward on commitments made by President Obama to curb gun violence across the nation. Specifically, we have modified the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy […]

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IBM Says that 2015 is the “Year of the Healthcare Breach”

At the end of the year all kinds of publications and organizations publish yearly summaries to review the events of the past 12 months.  Much of the time this can be positive publicity for a celebrity, firm, organization or industry.  In this case, for healthcare, it is decidedly negative.  Why has IBM made this proclamation?  […]

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Why is HIPAA compliance and security so weak?

Computerworld has an excellent article called Healthcare security and HIPAA: Why compliance and security are still lacking. The author does a very good job of trying to figure out why there are so many healthcare related data breaches. Here are some highlights: The author takes a look at a previous article and cites some reasons: […]

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