Category: HITECH Act

Alaska Provider Reaches HIPAA Settlement with OCR for Security Deficiencies

On December 8, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that Anchorage Community Mental Health Services (“ACMHS”) has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”).  ACMHS will pay a $150,000 penalty and also enter […]

OCR Rep Discusses HIPAA Violations, Enforcement Actions, and Upcoming Audit Program

Last week, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”), hosted a conference entitled “Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security.”  Both OCR officials and others within the industry spoke regarding HIPAA developments.  […]

Rhode Island Hospital Reaches Settlement with Massachusetts AG to Resolve Data Security Allegations

Last week, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island (“W&I”) reached a settlement with the Massachusetts Attorney General to resolve allegations that W&I failed to adequately protect personal data stored on unencrypted backup tapes, violating both state and federal data security laws.  W&I has agreed to enhance its data security […]

HHS Issues Reports on HIPAA Breaches and HIPAA Compliance

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released two reports to Congress, pursuant to its obligations under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (the “HITECH Act”): a report on Breaches of Unsecured Protected Health Information for 2011 – 2012 (the “Breach Report”) and a […]

Resource Launch – “Cloud Computing in Healthcare: HIPAA and State Law Challenges”

We are pleased to announce that a new resource has been added to our blog. On May 20, 2014, Cooley sponsored “Cloud Computing in Healthcare: HIPAA and State Law Challenges,” a presentation led by Cooley attorneys Matt Karlyn, Phil Mitchell, and Leah Roffman. The presentation began with a discussion of […]

HHS Attorney Advises to Expect More Aggressive HIPAA Enforcement

Jerome Meites, a chief regional civil rights counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), provided important insight into upcoming HIPAA enforcement at the recent American Bar Association conference in Chicago .  Since June 2013, over $10 million has been paid by entities to settle alleged HIPAA violations.  Mr. Meites predicted that, […]

Two New York Providers Reach Largest HIPAA Settlement with OCR To Date

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) reached settlements with New York and Presbyterian Hospital (“NYP”) and Columbia University (“CU”) for alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”).  The entities operate a shared data network […]