A Kansas hospital has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle allegations that it falsely attested to conducting a security risk analysis as required under the HITECH Act electronic health records financial incentives program. Two whistleblowers in the case will receive $50,000 from the settlement.
A data breach at American Medical Collection Agency has affected nearly 12 million patients who had lab tests performed by Quest Diagnostics, exposing a wealth of information, including Social Security numbers.
Cloud-based electronic health records vendor Medical Informatics Engineering has signed a $900,000 settlement with 16 state attorneys general in a case involving the same 2015 data breach that was at the center of a recent $100,000 settlement with a federal regulator.
Federal regulators have issued new guidance clarifying when a business associate can be held directly liable for compliance with the HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification rules. Why is there still so much confusion?
Federal regulators have smacked a cloud-based electronics health records vendor with a $100,000 HIPAA settlement in the wake of a 2015 cyberattack that affected millions of individuals. What's the focus of the enforcement action?
A misconfigured IT setting has landed a Puerto Rico-based clearinghouse and cloud software services vendor at the top of federal regulators' list of largest health data breaches so far this year. Why do these types of mistakes keep happening?
A ransomware attack reported by a business associate that impacted more than three dozen clients and nearly 207,000 individuals is among the latest incidents added to the Department of Health and Human Services' data breach tally. Here's the latest health data breach tracking update.
When a healthcare provider develops its own applications that handle patient data, it must take critical steps to safeguard protected health information and ensure HIPAA compliance, says privacy attorney Adam Greene.
Federal regulators have reached a $3 million HIPAA settlement in a case alleging that a medical imaging services provider delayed investigating and mitigating a breach involving patient information leaking onto the internet via a web server - and delayed notification of victims as well.
What are the key privacy and security requirements proposed in the latest draft of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement issued by federal regulators to promote nationwide secure health data exchange? Elise Sweeney Anthony of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT explains.
The Department of Health and Human Services is lowering its top fines for less egregious HIPAA violations. Meanwhile, it's pledging to make a "big push" to enforce patients' right to access their health records. What's the potential impact?
Two organizations that provide treatment to patients with substance addictions have recently reported breaches of sensitive information. Compliance experts say that many organizations that provide such treatment must comply with HIPAA as well other stricter privacy requirements, which creates challenges.