Without public announcement, Heritage Foundation alum and former DOJ trial attorney Roger Severino was named director of HHS’s Office for Civil Rights, which is tasked with investigating charges of discrimination. Severino has been critical of Affordable Care Act provisions that barred discrimination against transgender patients.
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.
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.
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.
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.