HIPAA Sample Breach Notification Letter: Who Must Be Notified?

Under HIPAA, when a breach of unsecured PHI takes place, the covered entity that sustains the breach must notify affected individuals of the breach. Notification must be provided through a breach notification letter. The content requirements and a HIPAA sample breach notification letter are discussed below. Patient Notification in Breach Notification Letters Prior to 2009, many breaches of unsecured PHI went unreported, [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:36-04:00February 15th, 2022|

What is a HIPAA Breach Notification Form?

You may have been hearing a lot about HIPAA breach notification reporting lately and for a good reason. The deadline to report small-scale breaches to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is March 1st. When reporting breaches to the HHS OCR, they require you to submit a HIPAA Breach Notification Form.  Before completing the form, [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:37-04:00February 8th, 2022|

FTC Breach Notification Rule Expands for Health Applications

A recent policy statement by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has dramatically expanded coverage and penalties under the FTC Breach Notification Rule for companies that develop and offer mobile health applications and services for consumers. History of the FTC Breach Notification Rule As issued by the FTC in 2009, the Breach Notification Rule required PHR vendors to notify the Federal Trade Commission and any affected individuals upon:  [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:38-04:00January 31st, 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|

HIPAA 2022 Predictions: Deja Vu and New

What will HIPAA 2022 bring? Picture the end of 2020. A raging COVID pandemic, for which vaccinations had only started. An outgoing Presidential administration giving the reins to a new one. And, in the middle of all of this, some seeds planted by the federal government seemed bound to blossom into changes in HIPAA law and regulations.  At the end of 2020, [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:43-04:00December 29th, 2021|

Illinois Medical Marijuana HIPAA Compliance Required

The deadline for Illinois Medical Marijuana dispensaries to become HIPAA compliant was December 1, 2021. As of this date, Illinois medical marijuana HIPAA compliance is required for all dispensaries in the state that provide marijuana products to patients. This includes completion of a security risk assessment and encryption of electronic devices and networks that contain the protected health information (PHI) of patients. [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:46-04:00December 14th, 2021|

OCR Settles 5 HIPAA Right of Access Complaints

On November 30, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the resolution of five HIPAA right of access investigations. OCR settled four right of access complaints, with providers in Ohio, Colorado, Oregon and North Carolina. OCR imposed a civil monetary penalty (CMP) on a fifth provider, a cardiologist in Long Island (New Hyde Park), New York. OCR imposed a penalty [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:48-04:00December 3rd, 2021|

Completing Your Annual HIPAA Risk Assessment Before the Deadline

You must complete a HIPAA risk assessment each year, and now is the time to do so. Conducting an annual HIPAA risk assessment is an important part of compliance, as well being integral to protecting your business against breaches. This is because risk assessments reveal vulnerabilities, threats, and risks to protected health information (PHI) thus uncovering deficiencies in your current security practices. [...]

2022-05-06T17:03:50-04:00November 19th, 2021|

Why You Need Dental IT Support

Dental office administrative staff are often overburdened with a multitude of tasks, especially as of late with staffing shortages across the country. These staff members are often required to wear many hats and are therefore more likely to fall victim to burnout. With their focus divided across several tasks, it is difficult to fully address the security needs of the modern dental practice. This is where dental IT [...]

2022-05-06T14:38:09-04:00September 1st, 2021|

HIPAA Act 25th Anniversary: Congratulations, Now I’m Suing!

The HIPAA Act turns 25 on August 21, 2021. On Wednesday, August 21, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed HIPAA into law, with bipartisan support from Congress. The signing took place as part of a gala ceremony on the White House lawn, complete with a Marine band and an invited audience. In the past 25 years, the Department of Health and Human Services has issued regulations requiring covered entities [...]

2021-08-18T12:11:10-04:00August 18th, 2021|