Cyber Criminals Want Your Data: Protect Your Patients—and Your Lab

Recent data breaches, from the much-publicized hacks of Sony and the retailer Target, to those more close to home: Anthem and Premera Blue Cross, two of the nation’s biggest health care insurers, have … [Read more...]

HIPAA Enforcement Final Rule Increases CMP Cap

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcement final rule, released Jan. 17, incorporates increased civil monetary penalties and caps maximum annual penalties at $1.5 … [Read more...]

G2 Compliance Perspectives: Administrative Simplification Requires Interoperability, New Financial Management Platforms

Administrative simplification has an aggressive timetable, with far-reaching consequences for laboratories, providers, and payers and new demands for information exchange and technology … [Read more...]

HHS Updates HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement Provisions and Increases Penalty Cap

The omnibus final rule updating provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) released Jan. 17 is designed to enhance a patient’s privacy protections, provide … [Read more...]

G2 Compliance Perspectives: New HIPAA Regulations Mean New Obligations for Clinical Laboratories

The HIPAA-HITECH regulations, “Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules” (final rule), were published in the Federal Register on Jan. 25, 2013 (78 Fed. … [Read more...]

Compliance Perspectives: Managing Privacy and Security Risks: Outsourced Pathology and Laboratory Information Services

Many hospitals and medical practices outsource some or all of their pathology needs. Traditionally, such services included the provision of laboratory services up to and including around-the-clock … [Read more...]

Health Plan Security Breach Results in $1.2 Million Fine

Affinity Health Plan Inc. (AHP) has agreed to pay the federal government $1.2 million to settle allegations it violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) by failing to … [Read more...]

Federal Trade Commission Files Privacy Complaint Against LabMD Over Unsecure Consumer Info

Protecting the personal information of consumers is a top priority for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and Atlanta-based medical testing laboratory LabMD failed on two separate occasions to … [Read more...]

G2 Compliance Perspectives: Direct Patient Access to Laboratory Test Results: Keeping the Doctor in the Picture

On Sept. 19, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its postponement of the Sept. 23, 2013, deadline under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) … [Read more...]

News-At-A-Glance: First HIPAA Settlement for Not Having Policies and Procedures:

Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, P.C. (APDerm) of Concord, Mass., agreed to a $150,000 settlement with the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to resolve potential … [Read more...]