HIPAA Settlement Demonstrates Importance of Timely Breach Notification

HIPAA legislation requires that when more than 500 individuals are affected by a breach of protected health information (PHI), covered entities are required to notify the individuals, the media, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) “without unreasonable delay” and within 60 days. …

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 …

End-User Training is Essential to Keep Your Healthcare Data Safe

We’ve all heard the saying, “You are only as strong as your weakest link.” In the ever-growing digital world of healthcare, this is a crucial message. Hackers will look to exploit your most vulnerable areas to gain access to electronic protected healthcare information (ePHI). And they do so with dollar …

Are Your Business Associate Agreements Up to Date?

Are Your Business Associate Agreements Up to Date? If not, learn a lesson from a recent HIPAA settlement. A press release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services discussed a potential violation of protected health information (PHI) by Care New England Health System (CNE). Woman & Infants Hospital …

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 …

HIPAA Exams Awarded GSA Schedule 00CORP Contract

HIPAA Exams industry-leading training courses now available through GSA Advantage!® website. Denver, Colorado – August 10, 2016 –  HIPAA Exams, Inc, accredited by ANCC and an SBA 8(a) corporation, has been awarded a five-year, Schedule OOCORP contract with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). In awarding the contract, the federal government recognizes HIPAA Exams as …

New York State Approves HIPAA Exams as Infection Control Training Provider

New York, NY, August 10, 2016 — HIPAA Exams, Inc, HIPAA Exams is a professional and management development training company with primary focuses on health care, workplace safety, and legislative compliance. HIPAA Exams is accredited by ANCC and is an SBA 8(a) corporation. The Company offers more than 25 health care-related courses that can …

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 …