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HIPAA News

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expects organizations working with protected health information (PHI) to be aware of their obligation to secure the sensitive data. It is no longer acceptable to feign ignorance of the law. This is why it is necessary to be aware of any change that may require you to adjust your HIPAA compliance program.Organizations that fall victim to healthcare breaches, and lack an effective HIPAA compliance program, are subject to HIPAA audits and subsequent fines.

HIPAA fines can be extremely costly and detrimental to your organization’s reputation. Compliancy Group is dedicated to helping organizations avoid healthcare breaches and fines by providing educational resources to aid your compliance.

Recent HIPAA News!

Report: Facebook Tracker Collecting Hospital Patient PHI

Use of Tracker by Hospitals Likely Violates HIPAA An investigation by The Markup and Stat has uncovered a tracking tool used by 33 of the country’s top 100 hospitals that collects patients’ protected health information (PHI) and sends it to Facebook—including details about medical conditions, prescriptions, and physician appointments. Experts contacted in the article, including a former head [...]

2022-06-17T14:47:46-04:00June 17th, 2022|

Survey: Compliance Officers Stressed, Anxious, Burned Out

A recent survey of Compliance Officers reveals more than half feel their mental health has been negatively affected by their jobs. Sponsored by Corporate Compliance Insights, the survey is one of the first in recent years to examine workplace stress and its role on employees. At least 240 compliance officers completed the survey during August and September 2021. It highlights that Compliance [...]

2022-06-15T16:04:18-04:00June 15th, 2022|

What is HIPAA Chile?

In Chile, Law 20,584 provides data privacy rights for patients. Law 20,584, the equivalent to HIPAA, was passed in 2012. The law requires that all information contained in patient files or documentation of medical treatments be treated as sensitive data.  The law also requires that healthcare professionals maintain the confidentiality of patient data. “HIPAA Chile” changes are on the horizon. In September, [...]

2022-05-27T16:58:57-04:00May 25th, 2022|

New HIPAA Privacy Technology Legislation Introduced to Address “Outdated” HIPAA

Recently, Republican Senator Bill Cassidy and Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced legislation known as the Health Data Use and Privacy Commission Act. The legislation's main aim is to update what these Senators view as an “outdated” HIPAA law. When HIPAA was signed into law in 1996, most covered entities were in the telegraph age when it came to using electronic technology to use and disclose medical [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:35-04:00February 22nd, 2022|

Don’t Miss the 2022 HIPAA Breach Notification Rule Deadline

Hopefully, you’ve been keeping a list of your minor breaches that occurred in 2021 because now is the time to report them to the Department of Health and Human Services. As the 2022 HIPAA breach notification rule deadline approaches, it is important that you know the deadline and understand what incidents need to be reported. When is the 2022 HIPAA Breach Notification [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:39-04:00January 28th, 2022|

Settlement Reached in Excellus HIPAA Class Action Lawsuit

The final chapter of the Excellus Health Plan 2015 data breach that affected more than 9.3 million patients nationwide may be in sight. A settlement has been reached between the plaintiffs’ attorneys and the company in the Excellus HIPAA class action lawsuit, pending judicial review. Basis of Excellus HIPAA Class Action Lawsuit Attorneys announced the settlement on January 24, 2022, with Excellus, [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:39-04:00January 27th, 2022|

Accellion Settles Healthcare Data Breach Suit for $8.1 Mil

According to a Reuters report, Accellion Inc., now rebranded as Kiteworks, has reached an $8.1 million settlement to end litigation following a 2020 healthcare data breach that affected companies and patients worldwide. Background on Accellion Healthcare Data Breach The breach occurred in December 2020 when cybercriminals exploited zero-day vulnerabilities in the company’s File Transfer Appliance (FTA).  The breaches affected federal, state, local, [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:40-04:00January 20th, 2022|

New Website Aims to Align HHS Cybersecurity Guidance

The Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new website designed to align HHS cybersecurity guidance across the healthcare spectrum and facilitate the exchange of best practices and information. Collaboration is Key to HHS Cybersecurity Guidance Launched in December 2021, the website reflects the collaborative effort between the agency and the private sector that has emerged since the agency established [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:40-04:00January 19th, 2022|