From Report on Medicare Compliance - In one of the most evocative expressions of the Yates memo, the former CEO of Tuomey Healthcare System agreed to pay $1 million over the alleged part he played in the sweetheart deals that turned the South Carolina health system inside out, the Department of Justice said Sept. 27. The settlement with Ralph J. Cox III comes almost one year after Tuomey agreed to pay $72.4 million in connection with a jury finding that it violated the Stark law and False Claims Act (FCA). Read more

From Report on Patient Privacy - How do you make sure that employees are following the proper procedures to safeguard protected health information (PHI) as required by HIPAA? What role does training play in ensuring compliance? These are among the tough issues that privacy officers confront as they acknowledge that humans are often the cause of privacy complaints and potential violations that no amount of information technology can prevent. Read more

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By Lauren Clason - June 10, 2016
The same day that a Maryland federal judge dismissed a putative class action against CareFirst, Inc. for the 1.1 million record data breach the insurer revealed last May, on the opposite coast, a California federal judge approved another one against Anthem, Inc., for the massive breach it revealed...
By Lauren Clason - April 22, 2016
While they may not fall under the HIPAA umbrella (yet), the privacy of biometric and other health data captured by the influx of new apps and wearable gadgets is a source of concern among consumers and regulators alike. The rapid evolution of health IT means it’s only a matter of time before they...
By Lauren Clason - March 15, 2016
The answer is maybe not, according to a study released on March 10 by Advisen Ltd. and sponsored by ID Experts Corp. Most cyber insurance seems to be designed as a bumper guard for major breaches, while the “vast majority” of data breaches are relatively small, falling well below the average...

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