Labs in Court

West Virginia Clinic Becomes Most Recent Provider Fined for HIPAA Right of Access Violation

Case: Instead of the required 60 days, it took a West Virginia diabetes clinic two years to provide access to a minor child patient’s mother access to his medical records. In addition to $5,000 to … [Read more...]

WORKPLACE SAFETY

CMS Couldn’t Verify Hospital Safety During COVID and Won’t Be Able to Do So in Next Pandemic

CMS was unable to determine whether hospitals were maintaining quality and safety standards during the COVID-19 crisis. And unless changes are made to its regulatory powers, it won’t be able to make … [Read more...]

DATA SECURITY

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...]

HIPAA

Ambry Genetics Case Shows Why It’s So Hard for Patients to Win a HIPAA Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit

Data breaches that compromise the protected health information (PHI) of massive numbers of patients have become all too common. In addition to steep HIPAA fines and horrible public relations, such … [Read more...]

HIPAA Enforcement

New OCR Data Shed Light on the Costs of Privacy Noncompliance

HIPAA enforcement isn’t nearly as fat a cash cow as enforcement of False Claims Act (FCA) and other healthcare fraud laws is, it still takes a lot of money out of the pockets of providers and into the … [Read more...]

Labs in Court

Massachusetts Mental Health Hospital Fined $65,000 for HIPAA Right of Access Violation

Case: The HIPAA Privacy Rule gives providers 30 days and, in some instances, 60 days to respond to patients’ requests of access to their medical records. But it took Massachusetts behavioral health … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE

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...]

CMS

Price Transparency: 2 of 3 Hospitals Not Complying with New CMS Disclosure Rules, Study Finds

Despite vociferous industry protest, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) controversial new hospital price transparency rule officially took effect on Jan. 1, 2021. But through … [Read more...]

Compliance

Brief Your CEO: New OCR Data Shed Light on the Costs of Privacy Noncompliance

Getting lab officers to shell out money for compliance initiatives may be trickier when the penalties you’re trying to head off are for privacy violations. After all, HIPAA penalties tend to be fairly … [Read more...]

HIPAA

Proposed HIPAA Privacy Rule: The 9 Changes That Will Have an Immediate Impact on Lab Operations

On Dec. 10, with just a few weeks remaining in its tenure, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) proposed a series of changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Public comments on the proposed rule were … [Read more...]


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