OCR, ONC Privacy Head Deven McGraw Leaves Position for Private Sector
Oct20

OCR, ONC Privacy Head Deven McGraw Leaves Position for Private Sector

Rachel Seeger, MPA, MA, senior adviser of public affairs and outreach at OCR, confirmed McGraw’s departure and added that McGraw has taken a new job in the private sector.

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Proposed Bill Brings National Data Breach Notification Standard for Non-HITECH Entities

A proposed bill in the US House of Representatives seeks to bring unity and clarification to the various state-level breach notification laws following the Equifax data breach, according to an article in HealthITSecurity.

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OCR Change Signals Renewed Privacy Focus for HIM Leaders
Sep22

OCR Change Signals Renewed Privacy Focus for HIM Leaders

The recent defunding of the Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) position by the HHS Office for Civil Rights makes practical sense for the healthcare industry and the national budget. However, with the change come four important privacy strategies for HIM leaders to consider employing at the state, local, and organizational level.

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Utah Nurse in Viral Video Complies with HIPAA Policies, Faces Arrest

Outrage has followed the release of a video that appears to show a Utah nurse being arrested and roughly removed from her hospital’s burn unit for refusing—legally—to allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient.

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HIPAA Leniency in Wake of Hurricane Harvey Disaster Declaration

Under normal, non-disaster circumstances, photos of residents under duress—or unauthorized photos of residents, period—in a covered entity would constitute a HIPAA violation. But a “Limited Waiver of HIPAA Sanctions and Penalties During a Declared Emergency” issued by HHS changed circumstances.

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Prepare for Ransomware 2.0, Experts Warn Healthcare Industry

In the wake of recent attacks, experts are warning that so far the healthcare industry has only dealt with “Ransomware 1.0”—and needs to be prepared for when “Ransomware 2.0” hits

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