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“A million here, a million there” wellpoint settles HIPAA breach and security claims with HHS OCR for $1.7 million
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • July 12 2013

Managed care company WellPoint Inc. has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services $1.7 million to settle potential HIPAA Privacy


Key elements of the new “omnibus” HIPAA privacy and security regulations
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • January 24 2013

On January 18, 2013, nearly four years after the passage of the HITECH Act and its amendments to HIPAA, and nearly three years after it proposed


The wait is over! HHS finally issues revised HIPAA privacy and security regulations
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • January 18 2013

Nearly four years after the passage of the HITECH Act and its amendments to HIPAA, and nearly three years after it proposed regulatory amendments


HHS announces first HIPAA breach settlement involving less than 500 patients
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • January 2 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights ("HHS OCR") announced today that it was, for the first time, entering into a monetary


HHS OCR issues guidance regarding methods for de-identification of PHI in accordance with HIPAA
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • November 27 2012

On November 26, HHS OCR released guidance regarding methods for de-identification of protected health information in accordance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule.


Another Massachusetts health care provider hit with big HIPAA settlement: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary pays $1.5 million
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • September 18 2012

Late yesterday, the HHS Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") announced that it had reached a $1.5 million settlement with Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates, Inc. ("MEEI") to settle potential HIPAA Security violations.


$1.5 million settlement of first HIPAA enforcement action resulting from HITECH Breach Notification Rule
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • March 14 2012

The trend toward increasingly large health information breach settlements has continued with yesterday's announcement that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee (BCBST) has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $1,500,000 to settle potential violations of HIPAA's Privacy and Security Rules, HHS's Office of Civil Rights.


HIPAA breaches reported to OCR near 300
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • July 11 2011

When we last looked at OCR's reporting on HIPAA breaches impacting 500 or more individuals, back in May 2011, there had been 265.


Another big HIPAA settlement: the UCLA health system settles for $865,000
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • July 8 2011

In another sign that OCR is continuing to seek significant penalties for HIPAA violations, it announced on July 7 that the UCLA Health System ("UCLAHS") has agreed to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules for $865,500 and has committed to a corrective action plan aimed at remedying gaps in its compliance with those rules.


Facebook posting about patientHIPAA violationphysician sanctions
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • May 12 2011

The case of Dr. Alexandra Thran should cure any physician of the desire to discuss a patient on Facebook.