The Obama administration has promised to be tougher when it comes to enforcing HIPAA laws. This week a Maryland health service company gained the dubious honor of being the first company or entity to be assessed a Department of Health and Human Services CMP – Civil Money Penalty. And with that penalty assessed at $4.3 … [Read more…]
If you are a fully trained HIPAA professional whose day to day existence revolves around maintaining compliance this post is not for you. If on the other hand you are a busy member of staff at a doctors office or other smaller medical facility it probably is, since even after all these years there is … [Read more…]
Question of the day – Is this a HIPAA violation or not? Watch the video, make your own call.
You might not expect that the November midterm election would promote a disagreement about HIPAA laws when there were so many other issues up for discussion, but in Lancaster County, PA that is exactly what happened when some people protested that the county’s absentee ballot forms violated HIPAA privacy rules. In order for Lancaster residents … [Read more…]
Numerous reports have surfaced over the last week or so that indicate that all kinds of HIPAA violations and infringements of patient privacy are occurring all over the state. So far we have been told that: The Texas Department of State Health Services itself has sold or simply given away the data relating to over … [Read more…]
Two years after he survived a shark attack, Todd Murashige is suing a Honolulu, HI hospital for violating his privacy under the HIPAA act because staff at the hospital photographed his severely bitten leg and posted the images on the Internet without his permission. Todd Murashige was attacked by what was believed to be a … [Read more…]
Connecticut State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal made a little bit of history back in January of this year when he became the first AG in the country to bring a HIPAA enforcement action, which he did against insurance giant Health Net. Now he has just made a little more by announcing he has brokered the … [Read more…]