Employer HIPAA Violations and COVID-19 Testing

As more and more businesses reopen and make the transition back to the office, many employers are requiring COVID-19 testing. This has led many to ask, if testing employees for COVID-19 is a HIPAA violation. Employer HIPAA violations and COVID-19 testing are discussed below. What are Employer HIPAA Violations? Does HIPAA apply to employers? HIPAA requires covered entities and business associates to secure protected health information (PHI). PHI is [...]

2020-06-24T10:32:08-04:00June 24th, 2020|

HIPAA and Surprise Medical Bills

Surprise medical bills can take a variety of forms. Roger Severino, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently experienced, first-hand, a case of medical sticker shock. The experience has prompted him to contemplate whether the Office for Civil Rights can “leverage” HIPAA to enable patients to receive information they can use to protect themselves from surprise medical bills.  Does HIPAA [...]

2020-03-10T14:53:14-04:00March 13th, 2020|

HIPAA Patient Privacy

One of the many misunderstandings in circulation about HIPAA is over how it protects - and when it does not protect - patient privacy. HIPAA patient privacy is regulated by the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The Privacy Rule spells out when an individual’s protected health information (PHI) may be used or disclosed without that patient’s authorization, and when that information may not be disclosed without authorization. Many patients are unaware [...]

2020-03-03T11:19:11-05:00February 21st, 2020|

Ransomware Healthcare Epidemic Fueled by Insurance Companies

Healthcare entities are often the target of ransomware attacks. Ransomware attacks occur when a hacker enters an organization's network, encrypting or stealing sensitive data, demanding a sum of money for its return. In many instances, ransomware healthcare attacks need to be solved quickly, causing healthcare entities’ insurance companies to pay the ransom. Although this is helpful to the ransomware victim, it fuels ransomware healthcare attacks since hackers are almost [...]

2020-01-22T15:38:29-05:00January 22nd, 2020|

HIPAA Compliance for Self-Insured Health Plans

HIPAA compliance for self-insured health plans is not black and white. The nature and extent of a self-insured health plan’s compliance is determined by several factors, including the nature of the business of the employer sponsoring the plans, business size, and business organizational structure, among other factors. What Are Self-Insured Health Plans? Self-insured health plans (also known as self-insured group health plans, or self-funded plans) are plans in which [...]

2020-01-02T16:17:15-05:00November 26th, 2019|

HIPAA Law Enforcement

The battle between individuals’ privacy rights and the needs of law enforcement, has raged for centuries in one form or another. When the HIPAA Privacy Rule was implemented, the authors of this rule tried to appease, as it were, both sides. The resulting “compromise” is that protected health information - the information the HIPAA Privacy Rule affords some protection from disclosure - can be disclosed when disclosure is needed [...]

2020-01-02T12:03:54-05:00November 19th, 2019|

Am I a HIPAA Covered Entity?

When it comes to HIPAA, covered entities must be compliant with the full extent of the regulation. HIPAA has set national standards for healthcare providers since it was first enacted in 1996. But how do you determine if you qualify as a HIPAA covered entity in the first place? Below, we've created a quick and easy guide that you can use to assess if your organization qualifies as a [...]

2019-11-06T17:02:51-05:00September 14th, 2017|