Dentists and Compliance: An Overview of HIPAA Dental Patient Rules

More than 500 dental offices were crippled by widely-publicized ransomware attacks in 2019. The attacks, in August and in November, created havoc for dentists and their patients.  Between cyber attacks, increases in teledentistry, and other industry trends, dentists are finding themselves worrying about HIPAA compliance more than ever before. But what do HIPAA dental rules …

New HIPAA Law Guidelines for Contacting Recovered Covid-19 Patients About Blood and Plasma Donations

More than 2.3 million Americans are known to have contracted coronavirus. Despite a massive worldwide response to the pandemic, information on the virus remains limited. Treatment options continue to lag behind demand, as well.  This lag has been due in part to healthcare providers’ concerns about breaking HIPAA laws. As a result, the Office of …

HIPAA Rights: Is COVID-19 a Challenge to Privacy?

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Office of Civil Rights has effectively commissioned a paper trail that traces a tested individual’s health status across various areas of their life. This article discusses findings from The National Law Review that explore whether certain aspects of The CARES Act violates people’s …

What does HIPAA stand for?

HIPPA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1996. The purpose was to improve how healthcare entities protect sensitive patient information. Since this time, new rules were added to HIPAA to enhance the current levels of protection. HIPAA has several covered entities, including …

Children’s Mercy Hospital Sued in the Wake of Large-Scale Data Breach

Phishing emails were the culprit behind a giant data breach at Children’s Mercy Hospital that led to the theft of 63,049 patients’ confidential information. Although the federal government has not yet sought action in relation to the breach, a private Missouri law firm filed a class action lawsuit against the hospital, seeking damages for those whose personal …