OCR to Healthcare Providers: “Do We Have Your Attention?”

If the $1.7 Million penalty announced recently by OCR didn’t get your attention, how does $4.8 Million sound? In the Department of Health and Human Services’ greatest fine levied to date, two partner healthcare organizations settled with an agreement to pay what, at...

Severe HIPAA Penalty Serves as a Warning

The Department  of Health and Human Services released news last week that a HIPAA Covered Entity health care provider has incurred a $1.7M fine as the result of just one unencrypted laptop that went missing from one of their satellite facilities. This penalty was more...

Are You Ready for Your HIPAA Compliance Audit?

Should You Wait for HHS to Come Calling? In February, Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (HHS OCR) announced the return of the HIPAA audit program conducted in 2012. We see more details emerging about their focus in the upcoming round of audits...

Heartbleed Bug Threatens Internet Security and Compliance

Heart Stopping News of Compliance Threat Requires Your Attention In the course of the last week, a critical vulnerability has been discovered in the widely used OpenSSL encryption software. Dubbed Heartbleed because it intercepts data from heartbeat requests in the...

HIPAA Business Associates: How to Evaluate Who’s Who

On September 23rd, 2013 the HIPAA OMNIBUS Rule went into full effect assigning further responsibility for the safety and security of PHI, ePHI, PII and ePII and reaching further than ever before.  Being identified as a Business Associate (BA), or having to identify...
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