In its sixth HIPAA resolution agreement so far in 2015, the HHS Office for Civil Rights has announced a settlement with the University of Washington Medicine that includes a $750,000 penalty. It's the first HIPAA enforcement case stemming from the investigation of a phishing-related breach.
Passage of cyberthreat information-sharing legislation could hinge on how the measure is presented to Congress, and its fate could be tied to a massive omnibus appropriations bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2016.
In the year ahead, federal regulators need to ramp up their efforts to enforce HIPAA compliance among business associates because so many lack mature security controls, argues security expert Mac McMillan of the consultancy CynergisTek.
In yet another HIPAA enforcement action by a state attorney general, the New York AG has fined the University of Rochester Medical Center after a nurse practitioner gave patients' information to her future employer without getting the patients' permission.
In the second largest financial penalty ever issued as part of a HIPAA resolution agreement, federal regulators have smacked Puerto Rico-based health insurer Triple-S Management with a $3.5 million fine as a result of multiple breaches. It's the company's second large fine from a government agency.
Federal regulators have announced an $850,000 HIPAA settlement with Lahey Hospital and Medical Center stemming from an investigation into the theft of a laptop that was used to operate a medical device.
LabMD's recent victory in its long legal battle with the Federal Trade Commission will be short-lived, the medical testing lab's CEO predicts. Find out why, and what changes Michael Daugherty hopes the case will bring to FTC's enforcement practices.
Several recent data breaches involving email mishaps serve as a reminder of precautions that healthcare entities must take with protected health information contained in digital communications that are sent or received by their organizations.
As the Department of Health and Human Services gears up for its second round of HIPAA compliance audits, the focus will shift to using these audits for potential enforcement actions, including financial settlements, predicts attorney Anna Spencer.
Hartford Hospital and its business associate, EMC Corp., have agreed to pay a fine as part of a health data breach settlement with Connecticut's attorney general. Learn about the size of the financial penalty and other settlement details.
The HHS Office of Inspector General plans to more closely scrutinize federal regulators' oversight of the security controls that healthcare providers and business associates use to protect electronic patient information. It also will review FDA oversight of medical device cybersecurity.
An alert issued - and then yanked - by the FBI about fraud vulnerabilities linked to EMV chip cards is reigniting the debate between bankers and retailers over whether EMV in the U.S. should be chip-and-PIN or chip-and-signature.
Two final rules for the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program strongly emphasize the value of risk assessments and encryption as measures for safeguarding patient information. Here's an analysis of the details.