HIPAA Compliance Blog

avatar Medical Device Security and HIPAA: A New Security Frontier. HIPAA & HITECH Act Blog by Jonathan P. Tomes

When one thinks about hackers going after electronic health information for identity theft or other nefarious purposes, one thinks about them attacking the electronic health .. read more

On July 10th, 2017, posted in: HIPAA Compliance Blog by Tags: , ,

avatar Hospital Patients Targeted in Scam: HIPAA & HITECH Act Blog by Jonathan P. Tomes

Identity thieves have been conducting a telephone phishing (originally defined as the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order .. read more

avatar DHHS Issues Changes to 42 C.F.R. Part 2’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Regulations re Client Privacy: HIPAA & HITECH Act Blog post by Jonathan P. Tomes

In February 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) published a proposed change to the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records .. read more

avatar DHHS Updates Guidance on Disclosures to Family Members: HIPAA & HITECH Act Blog by Jonathan P. Tomes

The Privacy Rule, in 45 CFR§ 164.510(b), permits covered entities to disclose protected health information (“PHI”) to family members and even close personal friends who .. read more

avatar First HIPAA Penalty for Failure to Comply with the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule: HIPAA & HITECH Act Blog by Jonathan P. Tomes

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) last week announced the first HIPAA settlement in lieu of a .. read more

avatar Joint Commission Keeps Ban on Use of Secure Text Messaging for Patient Care Orders: HIPAA & HITECH Act Blog by Jonathan P. Tomes

In its December 2016 newsletter, the Joint Commission (formerly known as “JCAHO”) specified that its ban on the use of secure text messaging platforms for .. read more

avatar HIPAA and Texting: HIPAA & HITECH Act Blog by Jonathan P. Tomes with Guest Commentator Alice M. McCart

You may wonder whether HIPAA allows your organization to engage in texting with your patients/clients and/or within your organization. HIPAA, of course, does not mention .. read more

avatar Watch Out for a Fake OCR Audit Phishing Email: HIPAA & HITECH Act Blog by Jonathan P. Tomes

On November 28, the Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) warned that a marketing campaign has been circulating a fake OCR audit phishing email .. read more

avatar New California Breach Notification Law: HIPAA & HITECH Act Blog by Jonathan P. Tomes

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a California bill regarding breach notification, A.B. 2828, amending California Civil Code §§ 1798.29(a) and 1798.82(a) so that, .. read more

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