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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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Fertility Clinic That Sent Sensitive Email to a Patient’s Work Group Faces Lawsuit

A fertility clinic in California cannot escape a lawsuit brought by a patient after the clinic sent private information to the individual’s entire work team. The clinic, Lane Fertility Institute for...

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OCR Cybersecurity Newsletter Focuses on Controlling Access to ePHI

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recently issued its Summer 2021 Cybersecurity Newsletter, which focuses on controlling access to electronic personal health...

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Diabetes, Endocrinology & Lipidology Center Becomes 19th Settlement with OCR for HIPAA Right-of-Access Violation

Last week, Diabetes, Endocrinology & Lipidology Center Inc. (DELC) of West Virginia reached a $5,000 settlement with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) over  allegations that it failed to provide timely...

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OCR Announces Settlement with Clinical Lab for Alleged HIPAA Violations

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) this week announced a settlement with Peachstate Health Management LLC (aka AEON Clinical Laboratories) following a compliance review that uncovered alleged violations of HIPAA. The...

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OCR Settles Two More Right of Access Cases

Continuing its serious march against covered entities not allowing patients access to their records, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has settled two more cases in two days in its Right...

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Renown Health Pays $75,000 to Settle Right-of-Access Violation Under HIPAA

Renown Health, P.C. (Renown), a non-profit health system in Nevada, settled with the U.S. Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in a matter...

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