HIPAA Compliance Blog

avatar OCR Clarification on Aspects of Privacy Rule after Man-made Disasters: HIPAA & HITECH Act Blog by Jonathan P. Tomes

The recent shooting attack in Las Vegas and other man-made disasters have prompted the Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) Office for Civil Rights .. read more

avatar NCCoE and NIST Guidelines for Ransomware Recovery: HIPAA & HITECH Act Blog by Jonathan P. Tomes

Little doubt exists that ransomware is a major threat to the availability of health information. Ransomware is a type of malicious software from cryptovirology, a .. read more

avatar Joseph R. Borich, Esq., Is Now Vice President of Operations for EMR Legal and Veterans Press: HIPAA & HITECH Act Blog by Jonathan P. Tomes

EMR Legal and Veterans Press are pleased to announce that Joe Borich has joined both EMR Legal and Veterans Press as Vice President of Operations. .. read more

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

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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

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