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...]

Compliance Perspectives

How to Create a COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan

For as long as COVID-19 remains a threat, businesses—both essential and nonessential—won’t be allowed to re-open and remain open unless they implement a plan to control workplace infection risks. … [Read more...]

Quiz

Spot the HIPAA Violation

SITUATION Lab technician Khan Tajus reports to his manager that he’s just tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus. The manager orders him to go home, talk to a doctor and stay in self-isolation … [Read more...]

 Compliance Perspectives

How to Create a Legally Sound COVID-19 Medical Screening Policy

 As essential workplaces, testing labs need to remain open and operating during the pandemic. At the same time, they need to ensure that employees practice social distancing and keep the infected and … [Read more...]

Cybersecurity

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...]

PAMA

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...]

HIPAA in a Time of Coronavirus

HHS Waives HIPAA Sanctions and Penalties

There is no doubt that we are in the midst of a national crisis, and in such times, rules have to be bent. That is happening with some parts of the privacy rules of the Health Insurance Portability … [Read more...]

Compliance Corner

Compliance Corner: The HIPAA Right of Access Crackdown Continues

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...]

Coronavirus and Patient Privacy: How the HIPAA Rules Change During a Public Health Emergency

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has officially been declared a public health emergency. And the usual HIPAA Privacy restrictions on collecting, using and disclosing patients’ personal health information (PHI) … [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...]


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