Enforcement Scorecard

The HIPAA Information Access Rights Crackdown Continues

The face of federal HIPAA enforcement has changed in a subtle but significant way in the past 18 months. Historically, the focus has been all about keeping personal health information (PHI) private … [Read more...]


OCR Temporarily Eases HIPAA Privacy Restrictions for Telehealth Practice

In furtherance of its social distancing strategy, the federal government is temporarily allowing labs and other health care providers to use communication technologies like Facetime or Skype for any … [Read more...]


COVID-19 Relief Bill Defers 2021 Medicare Part B Lab Test Price Cuts for One Year

The $2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act), provides for free coronavirus testing without adequately compensating the labs who perform the tests. … [Read more...]

Enforcement Trends: OCR Continues to Crack Down on HIPAA Right of Access Violations

On Sept. 9, 2019, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the HHS agency in charge of federal HIPAA enforcement, did something it had never done before by entering into a monetary settlement with a … [Read more...]

HIPAA: OCR Clarifies Rules for Sharing Coronavirus Patient Medical Information During Current Health Emergency

The usual HIPAA Privacy restrictions on collecting, using and disclosing personal health information (PHI) are relaxed during public health emergencies. With this in mind, the Office for Civil Rights … [Read more...]


HIPAA: New HIPAA Penalties System Rewards Labs that Try to Comply

New HHS rules significantly increase the amount of money your lab can save by making diligent and demonstrable efforts to prevent HIPAA violations even when those efforts don't succeed. We're … [Read more...]


Enforcement Trends: Record Breaking Year for HIPAA Fines

The federal Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reports that 2018 was a record year for HIPAA enforcement, with 10 settlements and one judgment bringing in $28.7 million in fines, easily surpassing the old … [Read more...]


HIPAA ePHI Violation Costs Colorado Hospital $111,400

Case:┬áThis case began when the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) received a complaint contending that an ex-employee of Pagosa Springs Medical Center (PSMC) still had remote access to the critical access … [Read more...]


Compliance Scorecard: Significant New HIPAA Fines

Health data and information security figured prominently in May enforcement activity. In addition to the blockbuster eClinicalWorks EHR software settlement discussed on page 3, there was an unusually … [Read more...]


HHS Task Force Announcement and $3.9 HIPAA Settlement Focus Attention on IT Security

A$3.9 million settlement arising from a potential HIPAA breach and an announcement regarding a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Task Force emphasize the risks to the privacy and security … [Read more...]