How to Report a HIPAA Violation: The Complete Guide

Many companies are required by law to it here to the standards of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This aims to protect a patient’s medical records and other sensitive information. If the company commits a HIPAA violation, it’s essential to report it. But, not everyone knows how to go …

Anthem Pays Record Settlements After 2015 Security Breach

In late 2018, Anthem Inc., an independent carrier of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, settled two major claims made against them in the wake of a 2015 security breach that exposed the confidential personal and employment data of 79 million people.  The breach that precipated these civil actions occurred when an employee …

Inadequate Safeguards for ePHI Result in $2.2 Million Settlement

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released a statement pertaining to a settlement with MAPFRE Life Insurance of Puerto Rico. MAPFRE agreed to a $2.2 million dollar settlement and corrective action plan for potential noncompliance with HIPAA after a USB device containing …

Fraudulent Prior Authorizations Lead to Sentencing for HIPAA Violation

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts recently released a statement containing the sentencing details for three former district managers of the pharmaceutical company Warner Chilcott. Landon Eckles of Huntersville, N.C., Timothy Garcia of Los Gatos, CA, and Jeff Podolsky of East Meadow, N.Y. were sentenced due to …

Are You Ready for Phase 2 Audits?

Are You Ready for Phase 2 Audits? With Phase 2 of the HIPAA Audit Program officially underway, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is demonstrating its continued efforts to ensure that protected health information (PHI) is being properly safeguarded by covered entities and their business associates. Both ebtities and …

Prince’s Death: A Lesson in HIPAA Violations?

On April 21, 2016, our social media feeds, newscasts, and radio broadcasts were inundated with the announcement that the musical legend Prince was found dead. Just as quickly as this news broke, reports also began to surface stating that Prince had received emergency medical treatment for a drug overdose six …

Proposed Rule to Replace Meaningful Use With Advancing Care Information

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services released a set of proposed rules that would replace the current Meaningful Use program for Medicare physicians with the Advancing Care Information program. According to the CMS, “The proposal for Advancing Care Information is designed to simplify requirements, support patient care, …