Archive for March, 2009

Retaliation For Filing HIPAA Complaint Recognized As Basis For State Retaliatory Discharge Claim

In a March 19, 2009 ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas recently recognized that the Texas Whistleblower Act prohibits health care organizations run by the State of Texas from retaliating against employees for making good faith complaints of violations of the Privacy Rules of the Health Insurance Portability Act (“HIPAA”), Nevertheless, the court dismissed the wrongful discharge lawsuit brought by a former Terrell State Hospital security guard who alleged he was wrongfully fired for complaining to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) that the Hospital violated the HIPAA Privacy Rules because the plaintiff had failed to present sufficient proof that he was terminated in retaliation for filing a HIPAA complaint.

Continue Reading March 30, 2009 at 6:04 am

Obama Taps David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P. To Lead Effort To Modernize U.S. Health Information Technology

The Department of Health and Human Services today (March 20, 2009) announced the selection of David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P. as the Obama Administration’s choice for the newly created post of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. As the National Coordinator, Dr. Blumenthal will lead the effort at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to modernize the health care system and reduce health care costs by catalyzing the federal government’s adoption of interoperable health information technology by 2014.

Continue Reading March 21, 2009 at 4:23 am

March 25 HIPAA Privacy & Security Update Webinar

Health care providers, health plans, health care clearinghouses, and their business associates and other workforce members must take immediate action to guard against substantial penalties and to update practices to meet new rules. Find out what you need to know by participating in March 25th HIPAA Privacy Security Update Webinar.

Continue Reading March 19, 2009 at 6:00 am


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