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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Legislation Would Permit Hidden Cameras In Nursing Homes

Posted in Legislation

Many thanks to our colleague, Robin Amicon, for submitting the following guest post. New legislation was introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives that would give nursing home residents the right to install and use electronic monitoring devices in their rooms in order to capture incidents of abuse or neglect.  House Bill 298, introduced on October… Continue Reading

Telehealth Legislation Would Provide Financial Incentives for Adoption, Increased Use

Posted in Legislation, Telehealth/Telemedicine

Many thanks to our colleague, Sylvia Brown, for submitting the following guest post. Healthcare providers will be able to receive financial incentives under Medicare and Medicaid for providing telehealth services to patients if recently proposed federal legislation becomes law.  The Telehealth Enhancement Act of 2013, H.R. 3600, contains financial incentives tied to some of the… Continue Reading

Employee Sentenced to 3 Years for Violating HIPAA

Posted in Enforcement

A nursing assistant at a Florida assisted living facility was sentenced last week to 37 months in prison for violating HIPAA’s prohibition on the wrongful disclosure of patient health information.  The employee negotiated the sale of Social Security numbers with an undercover Tampa police detective.  According to the criminal complaint, the employee obtained information from the assisted… Continue Reading