While the wait continues for the Biden administration to name a new leader for the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights, the HIPAA enforcement agency recently issued its 20th settlement to date in a case involving a patient "right of access" dispute.
While a final rule for enforcement of the 21st Century Cures Act information blocking regulations is slated to be issued this month, some regulators are still uncertain that timeline will stick, or when other related unresolved details will be disclosed.
Although the federal information blocking rule spells out practices that are not considered violations of the regulation, healthcare entities must carefully assess the validity of privacy or security concerns before denying access, exchange or use of patient data, says attorney Adam Greene.
A second defendant has been sentenced for her role in a Texas conspiracy involving the theft of data from patients' electronic health records that was then sold to support fraudulent claims for payment.
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With a goal of better matching the right patients to all the right medical records, federal regulators have issued new draft technical specifications for standardizing how patients' physical addresses are formatted and represented in health IT systems. But could the effort present new security and privacy risks?
The Biden administration's fiscal 2022 proposed budget for the Department of Health and Human Services calls for an increase in spending to protect HHS from evolving cyberthreats as well as funding boosts to support regulatory and enforcement efforts related to health data privacy and security.
HIPAA compliance is a complex cybersecurity standard with onerous consequences for failure. Securing Protected Health Information (PHI) at rest and in transit is the critical piece that is too often neglected until it leads to breaches of HIPAA requirements.
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As patients more commonly use smartphones and APIs to access their health information, critical security and privacy considerations need to be top of mind, says Micky Tripathi, the new national coordinator for health IT at HHS.
Long-awaited federal information blocking and health IT interoperability regulations went into effect this week. They are designed to give patients improved access to their records, including via smartphone apps, and make it easier for organizations to share records in an effort to improve treatment.
HHS has issued its18th enforcement action in a case involving failure to provide timely access to a patient's requested health records, demonstrating that even the smallest organizations aren't exempt from enforcement efforts.
As the compliance deadline for new regulations that require easier access to patient records approaches, regulators have issued their 17th HIPAA settlement in a case involving failure to provide a patient with timely access to records.
The former CEO and co-owner of two hospice agencies has pleaded guilty in a multimillion-dollar fraud conspiracy case that involved gaining unlawful access to patients' electronic medical records to identify and recruit Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries for hospice care - whether or not they were terminally ill.
As the healthcare sector works to provide patients with secure access to their health information via smartphones and other devices, it must address critical identity and trust issues, says DirectTrust president and CEO Scott Stuewe.
Continuing its initiative to ensure patients can access copies of their medical records, as HIPAA requires, federal regulators on Friday issued their 16th settlement in a records access case - this one with Sharp Healthcare.