Health Care Data Breaches Hit a New High in First Half of 2021

While health care data breaches have become an all-too-common occurrence, the problem seems to be getting worse. According to the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR), there have already been 360 … [Read more...]


5 Unintended Ways Companies Compromise Their Network Security

By Ron Slyker Solid organization security is a considerable necessity in today’s world, that is not going to come as a surprise to anyone. Nonetheless, making and keeping an impenetrable … [Read more...]


Are you keeping your email compliant with HIPAA?

By Ron Slyker bio If you are a lab manager, you have more than likely heard the term “HIPAA compliance." Most relate it to the protection of patient health information (PHI) within the office, but … [Read more...]


By The Numbers: The Costs of Not Complying With HIPAA Requirements

Although it doesn’t make the federal government nearly as much money as the False Claims Act and other healthcare fraud law, enforcing HIPAA is still quite a profitable business. There’s also less … [Read more...]


OCR Cracks Down on Providers Who Don’t Provide Individuals Timely Access to PHI

The HIPAA Privacy Rule requires labs and other health care providers to provide persons on whom they keep health records and other protected health information (PHI) timely access to that information … [Read more...]

Labs In Court

Rhode Island Health System Fined +$1 Million for Failure to Encrypt Laptops

Case: The trouble began when Lifespan Corporation, the parent company of a Rhode Island-based non-profit health system filed a breach report after a laptop containing medical record numbers, … [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...]

Quest Shells Out $195K to Settle Massive HIV Data Breach Class Action  

Government fines, public embarrassment, loss of provider and patient trust. As if these consequences weren’t scary enough, massive PHI breaches can expose your lab to a new kind of risk: class action … [Read more...]


Special Report: Long Awaited Kickback Relief Rules Keep Labs in the Cold

They’re finally here! After years of talking about adapting the decades-old kickback laws to modern medical market conditions, CMS and OIG proposed new rules (the Proposal) on Oct. 9, 2019. Whether it … [Read more...]


Data Breaches Leave Labs and Patients Exposed

Two recent data breaches at major labs may have compromised the personal health information of approximately 19.6 million patients. No wonder the industry and privacy experts are revisiting best … [Read more...]