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1st HIPAA Privacy Civil Penalty of $4.3 Million Signals CMS Serious About HIPAA Enforcement

A $4.3 million civil monetary penalty (CMP) imposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) against Cignet Health of Prince George’s County, Md., (Cignet) signals the growing need for health plans and their sponsors, health care providers, health care clearinghouses and their business associates covered by the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to get serious about HIPAA compliance.

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Continue Reading February 23, 2011 at 6:54 am

Stamer Speaks To CPAs About “Privacy & Information Security: Managing Your Accounting Practice’s Liabilities & Counseling Your Clients” January 12, 2010

Cynthia Marcotte Stamer will speak about “Privacy & Information Security: Managing Your Accounting Practice’s Liabilities & Counseling Your Clients” to members of the Dallas CPA Society on January 12, 2010 beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Continue Reading December 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm

2 New HIPAA Criminal Actions Highlight Risks From Wrongful Use/Access of Health Information

Two recent separate criminal actions against hospital workers for wrongfully accessed medical records in violation of the medical privacy provisions of HI are the latest reminders to health care providers, health plans, health care clearinghouses, their business associates and members of their workforce that the criminal provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rules have teeth.Participate In September 9 or September 17 Briefings on New HIPAA Data Breach Rules for updates on new breach notification requirements and other recent developments.

Continue Reading September 8, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Sept 23 Deadline For HIPAA-Covered Entities & Business Associates To Comply With New HHS Health Information Data Breach Rules Published Today

Employer and other health plans, health care providers, health clearinghouses and their business associates must start complying with new federal data breach notification rules on September 24, 2009 contained in regulations published in today’s Federal Register. You are invited to catch up on what these new rules mean for your organization and how it must respond by participating in the “HITECH Act Health Data Security & Breach Update” on Thursday, September 10, 2009 from Noon to 1:30 P.M. Central Time.

Continue Reading August 24, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Health Providers, Other HIPAA-Covered Entites Must Comply With New Data Breach Notification Rules Beginning September 23; Register to Participate In September 10th Briefing on New Rules In Person or Via Telephone

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday (August 19, 2009) issued “breach notification” regulations requiring health care providers, health plans and other covered entities (Covered Entities) under the personal health information privacy and security rules of the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability (HIPAA) to notify affected individuals following a “breach” of “unsecured” protected health information. Scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on August 24, 2009, the new breach notification regulations are part of a series of new rules that implement new electronic personal health information data security and data breach notification requirements for Covered Entities added to HIPAA under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act signed into law on February 17, 2009 as part of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Covered entities must begin complying with the new rules no later than September 24, 2009. Interested persons are invited to participate in a briefing on these new protected health information data security and data breach rules on Thursday, September 10, 2009 from Noon to 1:30 P.M. Central Time. For a registration fee of $45.00, registrants will have the option to participate via teleconference or in person at the offices of Curran Tomko Tarski LLP, 2001 Bryan Street, Suite 2050, Dallas Texas 75201. For more information, e-mail here.

Continue Reading August 20, 2009 at 6:24 pm

HHS Delegates Authority for the HIPAA Security Rule to Office for Civil Rights

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) today (August 3, 2009) transferred authority for the administration and enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Prior to this announcement, responsibility for interpretation and enforcement of the Security Rule rested with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). HHS anticipates the transfer of authority will eliminate duplication and increase efficiencies in how the department ensures that Americans’ health information privacy is protected.

Continue Reading August 3, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Health Care Red Flag Rule Compliance Deadline Extended To August 1; Prompt Action Still Required

August 1, 2009 now is the deadline for health care providers and other businesses regulated by the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (“FACTA”) to begin complying with the identity theft detection and prevention (“Red Flag Rules”) adopted by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”). While health care providers have more time to comply, they can’t breathe easy. Finalizing arrangements to comply with these new mandates and other recent amendments to the health care privacy and data security requirements applicable to health care providers under recently enacted amendments to the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) and FACTA and other recent regulatory and enforcement changes to these rules requires that health care providers move quickly.

Continue Reading May 1, 2009 at 7:42 pm

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