On April 27, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a resolution agreement with Cornell
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) covered entities have reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a proposed rule to implement the ACA requirement that health insurers and other HIPAA-covered
The compliance date for the omnibus final rule amending the privacy, security, breach notification and enforcement regulations under the Health
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is reviewing comments submitted by interested parties to OCR’s proposed rule (Proposed Rule) to implement a provision of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) that expands the accounting for disclosures standard under the privacy standards (Privacy Standards) adopted under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
On February 4, 2011, the Office for Civil Rights imposed a $4.3 million civil money penalty against Cignet Health of Maryland for violating the HIPAA privacy standards.
The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a Request for Information on the HITECH Act provisions that require HIPAA covered entities to account for disclosures of protected health information through an electronic health record for treatment, payment and health care operations purposes to facilitate its issuance of a proposed regulation implementing the HITECH provisions.
All stakeholders affected by the federal government's interrelated development of standards and protocols under HIPAA, the HITECH Act, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act should closely monitor and, where possible, provide input on their development.
The new HIPAA civil money penalties scheme substantially increases the potential penalties for HIPAA violations occurring on or after February 18, 2009.