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OCR Settles Improper Disposal Case for $300,640

On August 23, 2022, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a press release announcing that it had settled with New England Dermatology, P.C. (NED) for $300,640 “over the improper disposal...

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OCR Settles Eleven More Cases Under Right of Access Initiative

Making quite the statement on July 15, 2022, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced in a press release that it had recently settled an additional 11 cases under its Right...

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SuperCare Health Hit with Another Data Breach Class Action

In the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California last week, SuperCare Health, Inc. was hit with another proposed class action based on a data breach that allegedly compromised...

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Privacy Tip #324 – What Happens to My Health Information When a Hospital Goes Out of Business?

In general, both state and federal laws apply to health information or protected health information that is in the possession of hospitals, health systems, and medical providers. HIPAA requires that covered...

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Reporting of Breaches Under 500 Due by March 1

HIPAA requires covered entities and business associates to report to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) all breaches of unsecured protected health information when the incident involves fewer than 500 individuals...

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Health Care IoT Devices Pose Risk to Patient Care

As if health care entities don’t have enough to worry about  during this chaotic and difficult time in the pandemic, a new report released by Cynerio, entitled “The State of IoMT...

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Broward Health Data Breach Affects 1.3 Million Individuals

On January 1, 2022, Broward Health, which operates dozens of health care facilities in Broward County, Florida, notified over 1.3 million individuals that a threat actor gained access to and removed...

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New Jersey Settles with Cancer Center Over Business Email Compromise

One of the challenging things about HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) enforcement is the fact that both the Office for Civil Rights and State AGs have jurisdiction to assess...

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No Private Right of Action under HIPAA, but State Law Claims May Still be Asserted

A federal district court in Montana has confirmed that HIPAA precludes a private right of action for patients to claim an unauthorized access, use, or disclosure of protected health information.  Nonetheless,...

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OCR Announces 20th Settlement Under Right of Access Initiative

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced that it has entered into the 20th settlement under its Right of Access Initiative. The settlement with Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in...

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