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Washington Debrief: Administration Meets Deadlines, Delivers First Set of Cyber Threat Information Sharing Guidance

February 22, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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Last week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released guidance to assist private sector and federal entities to share cyber threat indicators with the Federal Government.

OCR Releases HIPAA Guidance for mHealth App Use

February 19, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has released further guidelines to help healthcare professionals fully understand Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) laws.

Washington Debrief: MU Attestation Deadline Extended; HIT Bill Clears First Hurdle

February 15, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
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Last week the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously approved a bill that seeks to improve the usability and interoperability of electronic health records (EHRs).

Recent Healthcare Data Breaches Due to Stolen Laptops, Unauthorized Employee Access

February 11, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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There were a number of reported healthcare data breaches this week, including Miami-based Jackson Health System reporting that a “rogue” hospital employee may have stolen confidential patient information affecting more than 20,000 patients.

Proposed 2017 Federal Budget Includes $82M for ONC, $51M for Healthcare Cybersecurity

February 10, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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President Barack Obama this week presented his last budget proposal to Congress for fiscal year 2017 and it includes a $22 million funding boost for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to support health IT interoperability programs and $51...

Lincare to Pay $240K in Civil Penalties for HIPAA Privacy Rule Violation

February 9, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Lincare, a provider of respiratory and infusion therapy and medical equipment to in-home patients, has been ordered to pay $239,800 in civil money penalties for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.

ONC Addresses HIPAA's Role in Interoperability

February 8, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provides many pathways for permissibly exchanging Protected Health Information (PHI), the Office for the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) says in a recent commentary post and fact sheet.

HHS Proposes to Modernize Privacy Rules on Substance Abuse Records

February 5, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) today announced proposed revisions to the privacy rules governing substance abuse medical records to facilitate health information exchange in support of delivery system reform.

Hacking Accounted for 98 Percent of Healthcare Data Breaches in 2015, Report Says

February 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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While lost and theft of employee devices accounted for the majority (68 percent) of healthcare data breaches in 2014, last year was a different story, with 98 percent of breaches due to hacking, according to a Bitglass Healthcare Breach Report.

Why CHIME’s NPID Challenge is Necessary for Healthcare’s Future

January 28, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In an important patient care development last week, CHIME announced a $1 million National Patient ID (NPID) Challenge, which is a significant step in the right direction given the current healthcare landscape

EHNAC, NH-ISAC Sign Memorandum to Support Cybersecurity Initiatives

January 26, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, a standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Health...

Health Insurer Centene Loses Hard Drives Containing PHI of 950K Members

January 26, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Centene Corp., the St. Louis, Mo.-based health insurer, has acknowledged that it is internally searching for six hard drives that contain personal health information (PHI) of approximately 950,000 individuals.

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