Tag Archives: Department of Health and Human Services

Advocate Health Care Settles Potential HIPAA Penalties for $5.55 Million

The following information was released by the HHS Office for Civil Rights in Action on August 4, 2016. Advocate Health Care Network (Advocate) has agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil … Continue reading

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Deadline for Amending HIPAA Business Associate Agreements is September 22, 2014

Last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) published the long awaited Omnibus Final Rule which made a number of modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules (“HIPAA Final Rule”). Business Associate Agreements … Continue reading

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HHS is Gearing Up for HIPAA Audits

The Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) is preparing to resume its Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) compliance audit program. In a notice published in the February 24, 2014 … Continue reading

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HIPAA Compliance: New York Health Plan Sanctioned for Photocopier Breach

In an August 14, 2013 press release, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced that Affinity Health Plan, Inc. will settle potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules for $1,215,780. Affinity is a not-for-profit managed care … Continue reading

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HealthCare.gov is Operational

On June 24, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a newly redesigned website that is meant to educate consumers on the novel health care options being created through the implementation of the PPACA. To supplement the website’s educational … Continue reading

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Federal Government Permits States to Manage SHOP Exchanges Independently of Individual Exchanges

On June 14, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released a notice of proposed rulemaking entitled “Program Integrity: Exchange, SHOP, Premium Stabilization Programs, and Market Standards.” The proposed rule addresses many outstanding issues that must be resolved … Continue reading

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HIPAA Compliance: California Medical Center Sanctioned for Statements to Media and Workforce

In a June 13, 2013 press release, The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced that Shasta Regional Medical Center (“SRMC”) has agreed to pay $275,000 and implement a comprehensive corrective action plan to settle an investigation concerning potential … Continue reading

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