From Report on Medicare Compliance - Some compliance officers feel they’re not adequately valued by senior leaders and the board, who may view the job as limited to responding to government mandates, including regulations and audits. “They feel like they are seen as cops and naysayers, and left out of executive meetings,” says Margaret Hambleton, vice president and chief compliance officer at Dignity Health in California. “They may put blinders on — ‘management only thinks of me as a requirement.’” But that’s not really been her experience. Read more

From Report on Patient Privacy - Last month, in rapid succession, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced two settlement agreements resolving allegations of HIPAA violations, both with academic medical centers and both averaging $2.7 million. They bring OCR’s half-year total to nearly $15 million, a record. “OCR is getting significantly more aggressive with their settlement amounts,” says Adam Greene, a partner with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Read more

Compliance Blog

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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