Tag: HIPAA

ALJ Upholds $4.3M HIPAA Penalty Against Cancer Center

An administrative law judge (ALJ) upheld the imposition of $4,348,000 in monetary penalties against The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Risk Analysis, Management Among Major Problems Found in HIPAA Audits

Security risk analysis and risk management were among the most acute compliance problems found by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in its recent desk audits of covered entities under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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Connecticut High Court Reinforces HIPAA as Standard of Care

The Connecticut Supreme Court reinforced an earlier ruling on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy as a standard of care in a second opinion in Byrne v. Avery Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology PC, SC 19873 (Conn., Jan. 16, 2018).

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Repeated Breaches Result in $3.5M HIPAA Settlement

A major renal care provider agreed to $3.5 million to resolve Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security allegations arising from a series of data breaches at five different facilities over a 5-month span in 2012.

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Employers Left in Wellness-Plan Limbo

In recent years, more and more employers have implemented wellness programs—employee participation programs that may include wellness education, health or fitness challenges, and even limited medical testing and preventive care requirements—to promote and encourage employee health and wellbeing. Through these programs, they hope to create a healthier workforce and reduce insurance costs.

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Court Vacates EEOC Rules on Wellness Disclosures

A federal district court vacated the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) rules on how employers’ wellness programs must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Genetic Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

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Court: HIPAA Violations are Grounds for Termination

The Kentucky Court of Appeals recently upheld the termination of a nurse who unintentionally disclosed a patient’s confidential health information while she was conducting a procedure.

HR’s Top HIPAA Compliance Misconceptions Dispelled

HIPAA has become synonymous with medical records privacy, for good reason. Enacted more than 20 years ago, it gives individuals the power to decide who has access to their health records and has forced major changes in the way health care providers, health plans and businesses handle records.

Court Remands EEOC Wellness Rules, Finding No Support for 30% Threshold

A federal district court remanded the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) wellness program rules, finding it unclear how the rules’ 30% threshold met the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) requirement that wellness programs be “voluntary.”

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Phishing Scam Leads to $400,000 HIPAA Settlement at Colorado Health Center

A nonprofit health center in Colorado agreed to pay $400,000 to settle Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) security allegations after a hacker accessed employees’ e-mail accounts and obtained 3,200 individuals’ protected health information (PHI) in a phishing incident, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced April 12.