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Advocate Health Care Agrees to Pay $5.55 Million to Settle Potential HIPAA Violations

August 4, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Advocate Health Care Network, an Illinois-based integrated health care delivery system, has agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, stemming from data breaches affecting the protected health...

Study: Medical Students Use EHRs to Track Former Patients

July 26, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Medical students are continually using electronic health records (EHRs) in training, using the technology to track former patients after they have left one’s direct care, according to new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

OIG Study Finds 60 Percent of Hospitals Experienced EHR Disruptions, Highlights Importance of Contingency Plans

July 25, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Close to 60 percent of hospitals have experienced an unplanned disruption to their EHR systems and a quarter of those hospitals experienced delays in patient care as a result, according to a study released by the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Washington Debrief: HHS Cybersecurity Task Force Has Another In-Person Meeting

July 25, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
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The healthcare industry cybersecurity task force mandated by the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 held its second in-person meeting last week.

University of Mississippi Medical Center Agrees to Pay $2.75M to Settle Potential HIPAA Violations

July 25, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) has signed a resolution agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) following an investigation of a data breach of unsecured PHI that occurred in 2013.

ONC Issues Report to Congress on Policy Gaps for Security, Privacy of mHealth Data

July 19, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The federal government needs to address large gaps in policies around health data access, security and privacy with regard to mobile health apps and health social media, according to a new ONC report issued to Congress.

Washington Debrief: Senate Bill Would Make MU Changes; MACRA Timeline May Change

July 18, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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A bill introduced into the Senate last week would add significant flexibility for Meaningful Use program participants in three key ways.

New House Appropriations Committee Bill Offers Hope for Patient Matching Solution

July 13, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Language from the most recent House Appropriations Committee subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bill offers some clarity regarding the restrictions on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to use federal funds on a...

HHS OCR Issues Guidance on Ransomware Attacks and HIPAA Breaches

July 12, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Is a ransomware attack on a healthcare organization’s computer system a breach under the HIPAA Privacy Rule? If the electronic protected health information (ePHI) has been encrypted as a result of ransomware, then yes, according to newly released guidance from...

In Vermont, an Opt-In versus Opt-Out HIE Debate

July 7, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A recent article in VT Digger, an independent organization covering investigative news in the state, revealed a stimulating story about concern regarding health information exchange (HIE) patient privacy.

CMS Expands Access to Medicare Claims Data for Qualified Entities

July 5, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized new rules that will expand access to analyses and data with the aim to help providers, employers, and others make more informed decisions about care delivery and quality improvement.

Catholic Health Care Services Agrees to $650,000 HIPAA Violation Settlement

July 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CHCS) will pay $650,000 as part of a settlement for potential violations of the HIPAA Security Rule stemming from a data breach due to the theft of a CHCS mobile device.

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