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Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 10 Nov 2011

HHSOCR audits are coming: what are covered entities doing to prepare?

Those entities subject to both the HIPAA privacy and security rules should pay close attention to recent action taken by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”), which will increase the frequency and depth of government audits for HIPAAHITECH compliance over the next year.

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Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 4 Nov 2011

HHS Office of Inspector General releases priorities for fiscal year 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has been busy combating fraud and abuse over the last few years the monies it has recovered more than doubled from 2006 to 2010, topping $4 billion in fiscal year 2010 alone.

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Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 19 Aug 2011

New rules for uniform communications: more health care reform compliance

Get ready for new required required notices and definitions!

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Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 1 Mar 2011

New turn in the parade of PHI breaches: Office of Civil Rights exacts heavy payments from Cignet Health and Massachusetts General Hospital

As reported previously, the requirements under the HIPAAHITECH statutes and regulations for public disclosure of security breaches of Protected Health Information ("PHI") have been bringing direct intervention by attorneys general with respect to enforcement actions regarding such breaches.

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Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 28 Feb 2011

New turn in the parade of PHI breaches: Office of Civil Rights exacts heavy payments fromCcignet Health and Massachusetts General Hospital

As reported previously on this blog series, the requirements under the HIPAAHITECH statutes and regulations for public disclosure of security breaches of Protected Health Information ("PHI") have been bringing direct intervention by attorneys general with respect to enforcement actions regarding such breaches.

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Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 31 Jan 2011

OIG to host free compliance training sessions

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services is hosting six free OIG compliance training sessions for local health care providers, compliance professionals, and their legal counsel.

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Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 1 Dec 2010

PHI: what can a provider do to "insure" against a security breach?

My colleague, Michael Kline, has been regularly reporting on this blog about the parade of Protected Health Information (PHI) privacy and security breaches that are occurring at large, sophisticated hospital systems, such as the Henry Ford Health System in Michigan, and health insurance carriers, such as Wellpoint, Inc. in Indiana.

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Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 25 Oct 2010

Missing from the parade of large PHI security breaches - advice to the public by the secretary of HHS on its change in an HHS website URL

Note: The title and substance of this blog entry has been substantially amended in response to a helpful comment by an anonymous fellow blogger.

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Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 27 Jul 2010

Rite Aid settles HIPAA claims for $1 million

In a press release dated July 27, 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a settlment under which Rite Aid Corporation and its affiliates have agreed to pay $1 million to settle potential HIPAA violations.

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Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | 18 Mar 2010

OCR's HITECH Act rulemaking and implementation update

On March 15, 2010, the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services published an update on their rulemaking and enforcement efforts under the HITECH Act.

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