OCR to Enforce Investigating Breaches Affecting Under 500 Individuals

Federal health privacy officials issued an alert last week saying that starting this August, it is allocating more resources to an initiative aimed at investigating health data breaches affecting 500 patients or less.

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Report: Better Regulator-Provider Communication Could Help Prevent Breaches

Healthcare privacy breaches could be better prevented if regulators were more transparent about investigations and their outcomes, if communication were better between regulators and providers, and through greater adoption of cyber insurance, according to a new report.

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Hospital pays $2.2 million HIPAA Penalty for Reality Show Participation

New York Presbyterian Hospital was slapped with a $2.2 million fine for allowing a network reality show film the death of a trauma patient without seeking permission from the patient’s family.

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OCR Releases Protocol to Help Covered Entities Prepare for Phase 2 HIPAA Audits

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) earlier this month released an updated audit protocol to help covered entities and their business associates document their compliance with the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule.

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OCR Begins Phase 2 of HIPAA Audit Program

The hotly anticipated Phase 2 series of HIPAA privacy and security audits of covered entities’ and their business associates are underway, the US Department Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced Monday.

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