Category Archives: HIPAA Enforcement

Good-old Fashioned Theft (reveals patient’s health data)

Your data may be protected from internal tampering and data-snooping of employees… but what if your physical hardware is stolen? The other ‘HIPAA Blog’ reports: Sometimes identity theft and potential HIPAA-violating disclosures of PHI are sidelights of simple crime. Jeff continues: Here, theives broke into a medical office and stole the easily-salable valuables (computers and…

HIPAA Portability Rules Change

Just came across this article from Business & Legal Reports. The initial HIPAA rules were issued in 1997. Well, there have been several modifications since then. Are you compliant with the 1997 rules, or the latest (including the modifications)? It’s probably best to be on the safe side and review all of the major changes…

HIPAA Enforcement Lax?

A Silicon Valley Business Journal article reports that enforcement of HIPAA regulations may not be enforced with an iron fist. Well, folks, looks like that’s it for HIPAA Blog. No need to keep updating this site if it’s not going to be enforced. If you’re not going to be prosecuted (or fined heavily)… why worry…

Living with HIPAA: Enforcement of the Privacy Rule Today

This article is a little dated but has some decent info. Robin Johnson discusses enforcement of HIPAA Laws: It has been almost one year since the April 14, 2003 effective date of the HIPAA Privacy Rule. 1 At this time, your organization has likely implemented HIPAA privacy policies and procedures, prepared a standard authorization form,…

Patient Sues Healthcare System Over Ad Containing PHI

Interesting case where a doctor holding a file in an advertisement was actually holding a real live patient’s file. Stupidity like this can only be rewarded by fat lawsuit the patient has filed against the hospital system. HIPAAnews – The Latest News about HIPAA A Cumberland County, PA, woman is suing a major midstate hospital…

HIPAA privacy crime draws 16-month sentence

Texas Health Law: HIPAA privacy crime draws 16-month sentence – Burford & Ryburn, L.L.P. HIPAA privacy crime draws 16-month sentence Modern Healthcare – The first person convicted on criminal charges under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 was sentenced to 16 months in prison and ordered to pay $9,000 in restitution. Richard…

HIPAA Law Handcuffs Hospitals and Police

Police and Law Enforcement officials are often burdened, some say unnecessarily so, with medical privacy restrictions and obligations. In many instances, these officials must act fast or risk losing suspects, data, or other valuable information. It appears this happened over the weekend when “Binghamton General Hospital staff members released a man Endicott police intended to…

Computer data on home care breached

Another potentially massive security breach. Geez. We’ll have to keep an eye on this one and see how HIPAA comes into play if they get to a prosecution for this. sacbee.com — Medical — Computer data on home care breached About 1.4 million computer files containing personal data on disabled and elderly people who receive…

CMS NAMED TO ENFORCE HIPAA TRANSACTION AND CODE SET STANDARDS

This is from way back in 2002, but the CMS hasn’t put out a whole lot more on the topic of HIPAA enforcement since then. We’ll keep you posted on any other HIPAA enforcement news. 2002.10.15: CMS NAMED TO ENFORCE HIPAA TRANSACTION AND CODE SET STANDARDS News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 15, 2002 Contact:…