Sharp HealthCare Pays $70,000 to Settle Potential Right of Access Violation

In February of 2021, Sharp HealthCare, doing business as Sharp-Rees Stealy Medical Centers (SRMC), paid $70,000 to the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to settle a potential violation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule right of access standard. The Sharp settlement has become OCR’s sixteenth settlement under OCR’s right of access initiative. Under this initiative that began in 2019, OCR continues to [...]

2023-08-24T14:03:50-04:00February 12th, 2021|

Renown Health Fined $75,000 Under HIPAA Right of Access Initiative

Not-for-profit Nevada health system Renown Health, P.C., has agreed to pay $75,000 to the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to settle a potential violation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule right of access provision. The settlement is a product of HHS’ Right of Access Initiative. Under this initiative, OCR established cracking down on providers who fail to grant timely patient access to [...]

2023-07-31T11:58:11-04:00February 10th, 2021|

Remote Workers and HIPAA: How You Can Keep Your Healthcare Business Secure

With more and more remote workers in the healthcare space, PHI security should be a top concern. A recent survey determined that 44% of employees are currently working from home, with several employers expecting workers to continue to work remotely permanently. So what does this mean for cybersecurity and HIPAA compliance? To provide healthcare organizations with guidance, remote workers and HIPAA is discussed. Remote Workers and HIPAA: Data [...]

2023-07-31T12:08:59-04:00February 1st, 2021|

First OCR Settlement Agreement of 2021 Announced

It’s not surprising that OCR kicked off 2021 by announcing yet another right of access fine. The fourteenth fine issued under OCR’s right of access initiative was a $200,000 fine issued to Banner Health ACE. The OCR settlement agreement is discussed in detail below. Banner Health ACE OCR Settlement Agreement Banner Health affiliated covered entities (Banner Health ACE), a non-profit health system with 30 hospitals, and primary [...]

2023-07-31T13:39:24-04:00January 13th, 2021|

2020 Right of Access Enforcement

2020 has been an unenviable year of firsts and of worsts. Add to this another undesirable record-breaker. In 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights issued a record 19 fines for failure to comply with the HIPAA regulations. 11 of the fines issued were for a failure to comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s right of access. The message of OCR 2020 [...]

2023-07-31T13:43:00-04:00January 11th, 2021|

HIPAA and COVID Contact Tracing

In an effort to stave off the spread of COVID, the Trump administration is proposing changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule. More details on HIPAA and COVID contact tracing are discussed. HIPAA and COVID Contact Tracing: Proposed Changes Earlier this month the Trump administration proposed changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule, including giving patients more control over their health information and removing [...]

2023-07-31T13:55:02-04:00December 29th, 2020|

HIPAA Right of Access Enforcement Continues

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced its thirteenth right of access fine, bringing the 2020 fine total to eighteen fines. The HIPAA right of access enforcement is discussed below. $36,000 Fine Issued Under HIPAA Right of Access Enforcement Peter Wrobel, M.D., P.C., also known as Elite Primary Care, has agreed to a HIPAA settlement to settle right of access violations. [...]

2023-07-31T13:56:35-04:00December 23rd, 2020|

12th Fine Issued Under the HIPAA Right of Access Initiative

The HIPAA Right of Access Initiative has claimed another victim. In September 2019, the HHS’ OCR announced that it would be prioritizing enforcement efforts surrounding the HIPAA Right of Access. Since this announcement, the OCR has issued twelve right of access fines, several of them over the past few months. The latest fine is discussed below. HIPAA Right of Access Initiative Fines University of Cincinnati Medical Center In [...]

2023-07-31T14:29:50-04:00November 20th, 2020|

OCR Right of Access Fine Announcement

The HHS’ OCR continues to step up its enforcement surrounding the HIPAA right of access, announcing its eleventh right of access fine this year. More details on the OCR right of access fine are discussed below.  Dr. Rajendra Bhayani Hit with Latest OCR Right of Access Fine Dr. Rajendra Bhayani, an otolaryngologist that runs a private practice in Rego Park, NY, has agreed to pay a [...]

2023-07-31T14:33:45-04:00November 13th, 2020|

Does HIPAA Prohibit the Sharing of President Trump’s Health Information?

In light of President Trump's positive COVID diagnosis, a lot of people are wondering if it is permitted to share his health information with the public. Generally under HIPAA, healthcare organizations are prohibited from sharing a patient's health information without authorization from the patient. However, as the President of the United States, Trump’s health condition is a matter of national security, so do the general rules [...]

2023-10-27T12:03:39-04:00October 5th, 2020|