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OCR Enforcement Results In Three HIPAA Settlements

Posted in Breach, Enforcement, OCR Audits

Many thanks to our colleagues Jonathan Ishee and Shannon Majoras for authoring this post. Recently the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced three settlements to resolve investigations into potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). OCR reached settlements with two academic medical centers, the Lahey… Continue Reading

New Access Rights to Lab Test Reports

Posted in Access Rights, Rulemaking

In an effort to further eliminate barriers to the exchange of health information and encourage a more active patient role in personal health care decisions, federal regulators have once again expanded HIPAA patient rights provisions.  Last week, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… Continue Reading

OIG Report Criticizes HIPAA Oversight

Posted in OCR Audits, Security

The HHS Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) has failed to comply with the HITECH Act’s mandate to audit HIPAA covered entities and business associates, according to a recent report published by the HHS Office of Inspector General (“OIG”). The OIG said that OCR “had not assessed the risks, established priorities, or implemented controls for its HITECH requirement… Continue Reading