The HIPAA privacy rule allows providers to disclose protected health information under certain circumstances, such as when public safety is threatened. But local hospitals will have to be careful, especially with so many requests for information from families, friends, and the media.
The not-for-profit system violated HIPAA by using a patient's name in a September 2015 news release about an incident involving an allegedly fraudulent ID card.
Children's Medical Center of Dallas will pay a $3.2 million settlement—the sixth-largest in history—for failing to comply with HIPAA. This settlement is the first since President Donald Trump took office last month.
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Cigna will drop a policy that required physicians to fill out extra paperwork before they could treat patients for opioid addiction.
A file-sharing application on a server had a default setting that allowed Google, other search engines and “anyone with an internet connection" access to them, according to a statement from the Office for Civil Rights at HHS.
Four-hospital Care New England Health System, based in Providence, R.I., has agreed to pay $400,000 and write a corrective action plan after a federal investigation found it lacked an up-to-date business associate's agreement between it and one of its hospitals.
No one has articulated a strategy for removing the estimated 350,000 mentally ill people incarcerated in the nation's jails and prisons. And no one is talking about how to fund a sharp increase in the number of long-term psychiatric beds in hospitals and other institutions. They clearly are needed.
Congress told Medicare to stop putting Social Security numbers on beneficiary cards. But some industry experts question whether it's wise to go through the trouble to replace them with a new Medicare-specific ID.
Giving patients greater access to and more control over their health information could improve privacy protection and availability of that data to providers, Jodi Daniel, a former policy director with the Office of the National Coordinator at HHS, concludes in a Bloomberg opinion piece.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act—the law the federal government uses to police the privacy and security of the nation's health information—is turning 20, and some people may wonder if it's up to the job in 2016 and beyond.
Advocate Health Care has agreed to pay $5.55 million to settle multiple data protection violations over the past three years, marking the largest Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act settlement HHS has ever received.