Category Archives: HIPAA News

Uninsured Billing Class Action Suit (Christian Health, Dallas, etc)

A strong statement on the Uninsured Billing Class Action Suits: a Federal judge in Beaumont, Texas threw out one of the suits (not a Scruggs suit, though) with a strong, strong statement. As stated in Modern Healthcare’s daily emails: “A judge dismissed a federal lawsuit over uninsured-patient billing against Christus Health, Dallas, and related organizations,…

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…

IBM and Accenture Buy Health Care Firms

Just catching up on a bit of HIPAA / Healthcare / Privacy news of late. Seems IBM announced that it was acquiring Healthlink, the largest U.S. consulting firm dedicated to the health-care industry. Rochelle Garner of CRN reports: IBM announced Tuesday that it will buy Healthlink, the largest U.S. consulting firm dedicated to the health-care…

New Linux HIPAA Software by Ecora

A Linux news site is reporting: Ecora has released Enterprise Auditor version 3.6 that includes its new HIPAA Report Pack, a collection of more than 150 pre-built report definitions that address the technical and administrative safeguards of the HIPAA security standard. “The manual process of preparing for a HIPAA security audit is time consuming, resource…

The Safe ID Act

Looks like Senator Clinton and Congressman Markey have introduced federal legislation to prevent offshore outsourcing of personal data: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Representative Edward J. Markey announced that they would introduce the Safeguarding Americans from Exporting Identification Data (SAFE ID) Act in the United States Senate and House today, legislation that would protect the…

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.

More HIPAA Violations & Private Data Theft News

Techweb reports: Enforcement of the security regulations–like earlier HIPAA rules for privacy–will be complaint-driven, he says. Since the HIPAA privacy regulations, which identify what personal health information needs to be protected, took effect two years ago this month, there have been nearly 11,000 complaints filed to the federal government by patients and others. As of…

HIPAA News – HIPAA News – up to the minute news about HIPAA, HIPAA compliance and medical privacy issues.

So here’s another good HIPAA news site: HIPAA News – HIPAA News – up to the minute news about HIPAA, HIPAA compliance and medical privacy issues. HIPAA News is a next-generation experimental automated news gathering system. It uses the power of RSS feeds plus some cron job magic to enable up-to-the-minute coverage of important topics…

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…

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…

AHA calls for guidance on HIPAA National Provider Identifier (NPI)

The AHA (American Hospital Association) testified before Congress on April 6, 2005 regarding the National Provider Identifier (NPI) regulation. Their testimony recommends additional guidance about subpart identification in particular as well as suggests a timeline for implementation.

Help with HIPAA, SOX, and GLBA Compliance

Here at HIPAA Blog, we learn new acronyms on a nearly daily basis (okay, maybe weekly). Apparently Sarbanes-Oxley is now affectionately referred to as SOX. GLBA? That’s short for the Gramm Leach Bliley Act. Hopefully our longtime readers know what HIPAA stands for, but if you’re new to this business, HIPAA stands for: Health Insurance…

Group Polishes Guidelines on HIPAA Security Rules – Computerworld

A HIPAA working group seeks to ease the implementation of the massive data controls that are required by standard HIPAA Security provisions. Computerworld magazine: A working group made up of members from three organizations plans this month to release guidelines for complying with the data security requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act…