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...]

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...]

Enforcement Trends:

New Administration Continues OCR HIPAA Right of Access Initiative

Although the Biden administration has signaled its intention to revisit just about every healthcare regulatory initiative of its predecessor, one enforcement undertaking seems to be continuing … [Read more...]

Labs in Court

4.3 Million Is Too High a Penalty for HIPAA Violation, Says Federal Court

Case: A federal appeals court has shot down what had been the fourth largest OCR penalty for a HIPAA violation as having “no lawful basis.” That decision means that instead of $4.3 million, the … [Read more...]

Labs in Court

CLIA Lab Subject to HIPAA Not Necessarily Exempt from State Medical Privacy Law

Case: Plasma donors filed a class action claiming that a plasma donation company’s use of a donor-identification system based on a donor’s fingerprints and biometric information without consent … [Read more...]

Labs In Court

A roundup of recent cases and enforcement actions involving the diagnostics industry

$4.3 Million Is Too High a Penalty for HIPAA Violation, Says Federal Court  Case: A federal appeals court has shot down what had been the fourth largest OCR penalty for a HIPAA violation as having … [Read more...]


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