From Report on Medicare Compliance - Palestine Regional Medical Center in Texas agreed to pay $45,000 to settle allegations it violated the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) when it discharged an unstable dialysis patient and failed to provide oxygen or transportation, according to the HHS Office of Inspector General. The 48-year-old woman died the same day. When the patient, who had a kidney transplant and received dialysis, showed up at the outpatient dialysis center on Dec. 3, 2012, she was very short of breath, the settlement states. Read more

From Report on Patient Privacy - Since 2009, covered entities (CEs) have been dutifully sending annual reports to the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) that tick off every “small” breach that exposes the protected health information (PHI) from a single person and up to 499 people, in addition to the quicker reporting (60 days) required when more than 500 individuals are affected. So far this year, OCR collected $20.3 million in settlement agreements from organizations experiencing… 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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