Category Archives: HIPAA Law

Medicinal Billing Software and HIPAA Rules in Little Medicinal Office

HIPAA is the acronym for the Healthiness Insurance Portability and Responsibility Act of 1996, the first complete federal defensive act assuring the secrecy of patient’s private healthiness data. As part of HIPAA, Congress needed the advancement of secrecy rules to make sure the confidentiality of defended electronic healthiness records. The challenge of complying with more…

HIPAA Law Protects In opposition to Improper Disclosure of Healthiness Data by Healthiness Care Providers

In June 2009, a 22-year-old Honolulu mama of 3 young kids was sentenced to per year in jail for unlawfully accessing the other female’s medicinal records and posting on a MySpace page that she had HIV. The State of Hawaii brought fees in opposition to the female under a state statute criminalizing the unauthorized admission…

Is your medical records ever really safe?

There are so many rules that involve HIPPA. Whether you go to a doctor’s office, a hospital or in the medical facility you are given a HIPPA form that states how your medical records are confidential. Ever sense HIPPA was established. I have always wondered how safe my medical records are. Recently, I watched Michael…

Worried About HIPAA Privacy?

While some are up in arms about the whole Rush Limbaugh Viagra privacy debacle, I am more interested in all the thefts that been going on. It seems to be a recurring story week after week. Only recently the Federal Trade Commission had their own breach, which was due to someone stealing a laptop from…

Ohio Court: HIPAA Doesn’t Protect All Medical Records

In March, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that Ohio’s open records law overruled the protections for medical records under HIPAA. This decision is “possibly the first regarding a clash between states’ open records laws and HIPAA.” The court case involved the Cincinnati Enquirer, which wanted the city to “hand over information regarding building owners who’d…

Barbara Clark’s HIPAA Lawsuit & Investigation

A press release came across the wire recently, put out by Barbara Clark’s people, stating: Nearly one year ago, Barbara Clark, a former Adventist nurse, filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) concerning the breach of confidentiality of her medical records under HIPAA; the federal Health Insurance Portability and…

InformationWeek: Feds Need to Push Nationwide Healthcare IT Security

InformationWeek is reporting: A federal advisory panel on Tuesday issued a 14-point report of recommendations for what’s needed to develop, implement, and foster the secure nationwide exchange of electronic medical information. The report was issued by the Commission on System Interoperability, which was created by Congress as part of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003….

Ohio Justices to Determine whether State Law Trumps HIPAA

Here’s an interesting twist on the old federal vs. state jurisdictional dispute. First Amendment Center is reporting: COLUMBUS, Ohio — A newspaper wants to report on homes, many of them rented, where lead paint has harmed children. The city health department fears federal fines and penalties if it complies with the state’s open-records law. In…

Is a lead paint violation notice covered by HIPAA or by state disclosure laws?

The Ohio Supreme Court is going to rule on whether state disclosure laws overrule the federal HIPAA mandates for protecting patient privacy. This may be one of the first rulings on the HIPAA regulations and should help establish precedent for exactly when state laws should rule instead of federal law. The newspaper’s attorney, Jack Greiner,…

St. Joseph Hospital Medical Records Stolen?

The privacy spot reports: According to the Houston Chronicle, Christus St. Joseph Hospital sent approximately 16,000 letters to patients informing them that a computer stolen in a burglary earlier this year may have contained some of their medical records and Social Security numbers. According to the hospital letters, the only patient files affected, to their…

HIPAA Deadline Passes with Little Fanfare

Well, the deadline to complete the security requirements of HIPAA passed yesterday with little fanfare. Internet News has the scoop “Considering everything that is involved with compliance, there are a lot of factors as to why some companies may not have completed it,” Earl Crane, a senior consultant with Foundstone Professional Services, said. Foundstone, a…

DHHS Publishes Proposed HIPAA Enforcement Rule

On April 18, 2005, the Federal Register published the proposed rule regarding enforcement of the HIPAA Administrative Simplification Rule. Comments on the proposed rule will be considered by the Department of Health and Human Services if received no later than June 17, 2005.

HIV Victim’s Suit Against Newspaper Continues

The Houston Chronicle is reporting: DALLAS — A state district court judge rejected a bid by an alternative weekly newspaper to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a church volunteer who said the paper reported without his permission that he was HIV-positive. The ruling Wednesday could clear the way for a trial. The judge did not…

Computer Theft Followup (HIPAA Violation in Question)

Jeff over at the other HIPAA Blog points out a medblogger who also notes the San Jose computer theft incident. The only problem? It’s not a HIPAA violation as they claim. (This according to Jeff Drummond, a guy who certainly knows his stuff.) Jeff Drummond: Grand Rounds is up, this time at GruntDoc, an ER…

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…