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UMass settles potential HIPAA violations following malware infection

by ih-coc admin
The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.

OCR Announces Initiative to More Widely Investigate Breaches Affecting Fewer than 500 Individuals

by ih-coc admin
Beginning this month, OCR, through the continuing hard work of its Regional Offices, has begun an initiative to more widely investigate the root causes of breaches affecting fewer than 500 individuals.

An OIG Mandate for Increased HIPAA Oversight and Enforcement

An OIG Mandate for Increased HIPAA Oversight and Enforcement

by Bevon Findley (SU)
The HIPAA enforcement winds have been blowing for a while. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agency responsible for enforcement, has attempted to be proactive when it comes to making sure healthcare providers and business associates are meeting their compliance requirements.

Is Your New Year’s Resolution to be HIPAA Compliant?

by Bevon Findley (SU)
Now that the holidays and office parties are over, is it time to concentrate on HIPAA compliance? As I said at this time last year, making sure your office or practice is doing everything necessary to become or maintain HIPAA compliance is probably not at the top of anybody’s New Year’s resolution list. Let’s consider a couple of scenarios in the compliance spectrum.

HIPAA Settlement with Anchorage Community Mental Health Services

HIPAA Settlement with Anchorage Community Mental Health Services

by Bevon Findley (SU)
HIPAA Settlement Underscores the Vulnerability of Unpatched and Unsupported Software ACMHS will pay $150,000 and adopt a corrective action plan to correct deficiencies in its HIPAA compliance program.