Category: HIPAA FAQ

HIPAA FAQ Series: Does HIPAA Protect the PHI of Deceased Individuals?

In order to protect the privacy and security of patients’ information, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) imposes substantial obligations on covered entities (certain providers, plans, and health care clearinghouses), as well as their business associates.  These obligations can be intrusive and costly, and can require substantial investments […]

HIPAA FAQ Series: Are Covered Entities and Business Associates Required to Encrypt PHI?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) mandates that both Covered Entities and Business Associates protect the security of Protected Health Information (PHI) in a variety of ways.  Specifically, HIPAA’s Security Rule sets forth various technical, administrative, and physical safeguards that must be enacted in order to ensure the […]

Updated Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Information Released by ONC and OCR

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in collaboration with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released its new updated guidance for the privacy and security of electronic information.  The Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information (the Guide), last published in 2011, is […]

HIPAA FAQ Series: Do You Need a BAA with Your Cloud Storage Provider?

This week, the HIPAA FAQ series continues with another topic about business associate agreements (BAAs). As most Covered Entities and Business Associates know, in the event that a Covered Entity utilizes a service provider that may have access to Protected Health Information (PHI), a BAA is required. Further, in the event […]

HIPAA FAQ Series: Do You Need a BAA with Your Mail Carrier?

This week, the HIPAA FAQ series continues with a topic about business associate agreements (BAAs).  Most Covered Entities and Business Associates are familiar with general BAA obligations.  In the event that a Covered Entity utilizes a service provider who may have access to Protected Health Information (PHI), a BAA is […]

HIPAA FAQ Series: Does HIPAA Permit Communications via E-mail with PHI Subjects?

Last week, we introduced a new series to this blog that will cover frequently asked questions regarding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).  This week, the series continues by delving into a hot topic that arises frequently: whether it is permissible for Covered Entities and Business Associates to […]

Another Large Scale Data Breach Announced by Premera Blue Cross

Premera Blue Cross revealed Tuesday it was hit by a sophisticated cyber attack potentially exposing personal data for approximately 11 million of its members including members, employees and others with whom it does business, dating back to as early as 2002.  The insurer said its investigation revealed the initial malware attack occurred on May […]