Understanding the California Consumer Privacy Act

In June of 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) into law. This bill comes on the heels of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), adding additional layers to the current process by which state resident are protected. Companies doing business both within and outside the …

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 …

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 …

HIPAA EXAMS, INC. Earns Accreditation from International Association for Continuing Education Training (IACET)

HIPAA EXAMS, INC. is pleased to announce it achieved accreditation by the International Association for Continuing Education Training (IACET). IACET Accreditation distinguishes organizations that demonstrate quality and excellence in the curriculum design and delivery of continuing education (CE). Accredited organizations, like HIPAA EXAMS, INC. meet comprehensive, evidenced-based criteria to ensure …

How to Effectively Handle Employee Sexual Harassment Claims

It is important to have a sexual harassment policy in place at every worksite. You should know what sexual harassment is, the company’s stance on sexual harassment, and the policies and procedures for complaints and investigations. When a sexual harassment claim is made, tensions run high, and there may be …

HIPAA Clarifications Coming as a Result of Twenty-First Century Cures Act

Shortly before the end of his term on December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the Twenty-First Century Cures Act into law. This legislation, designed to promote medical advancement, also contains several provisions that apply to protected health information (PHI) and HIPAA. Earlier versions of the bill proposed including medical research …