Tag: OCR

Health System Agrees to Pay $800,000 following Improper Disclosure of Medical Records

This week, Parkview Health System, Inc. (“Parkview”) agreed to pay $800,000 and enter into a Corrective Action Plan to settle allegations that Parkview violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”).  In 2008, Parkview took custody of between 5,000 and 8,000 medical records of patients for a retiring physician in order […]

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 […]

New HIPAA Settlements Show OCR’s Focus on Encryption

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) reached settlements with two separate entities for alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”).  Specifically, Concentra Health Services (“Concentra”) agreed to pay $1,725,220 following the theft of an unencrypted laptop and the […]

County Pays $215,000 to Resolve Alleged HIPAA Non-Compliance

On March 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that Skagit County, Washington, has agreed to pay $215,000 and enter into a three year corrective action plan in order to settle alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act […]

Government to Resume HIPAA Compliance Audits in 2014

This week at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (“HIMSS”) Conference, Susan McAndrew, the Deputy Director for Information Privacy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”), announced that OCR is planning to resume its HIPAA compliance audit program in 2014.  As a […]

HHS Releases Omnibus Rule Guidance on Refill Reminders and Other Topics

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released guidance that helps to clarify four parts of the Final HIPAA Omnibus Rule (the “Omnibus Rule”) – many provisions of which become effective today.  Specifically, HHS released clarification regarding how the Omnibus Rule governs the following topics: 1) […]

HHS Releases Model Notices of Privacy Practices

The Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”), in collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”), recently developed and released model Notices of Privacy Practices (“Notices”) for health care providers and health plans.  Several different styles and formats are available for customization. 

Resource Launch: Introducing Cooley’s HIPAA Privacy and Security Enforcement Tracking Chart

Today, we added an exciting new resource to our blog: a tracking chart that provides an overview of select privacy and security settlements related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Included in the tracking chart are summaries of allegations, settlement amounts, descriptions of corrective action plans, and […]

September 23, 2013: What It Means for HIPAA Business Associate Agreements

September 23, 2013 is rapidly approaching, and Covered Entities and Business Associates must comply with the requirements of the HIPAA Omnibus Rule by this date. Among the tasks facing Covered Entities and Business Associates seeking to meet Omnibus Rule requirements, they must ensure that their Business Associate Agreements (“BAAs”) comply […]

HHS Requests Information Regarding the Affordable Care Act’s Nondiscrimination Requirements

On August 1, 2013, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) published a Request for Information (“RFI”) regarding the nondiscrimination provisions set forth in Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). This Section prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, […]