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May 2015

Recent Stories of Interest

From Report on Patient Privacy - The wheels of the government are slowly grinding toward the start of the HHS Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) audit program. OCR has been granted approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to begin surveying both covered entities (CEs) and business associates (BAs). Agency representatives have previously said the survey was the first step in resuming the audit program, which Congress required OCR to create under the 2009 HITECH Act. Read more

Paper patient records left unattended have cost a covered entity (CE) a… Read more

Premera Blue Cross, which operates in Washington state and Alaska, has reported… Read more

Workers at Baptist Health of South Florida are eligible to win gifts… Read more

From the Editor

Welcome to your Report on Patient Privacy subscriber-only Web page

Be sure to visit often, for PDFs of issues, article archives, narrative sections by privacy and security experts, and more!

Please e-mail me with your comments on the last issue of Report on Patient Privacy, story ideas for future issues, or any other suggestions you have that can make the newsletter more useful for you.


RPP subscribers can now access an extensive report with all the details of the new HIPAA/HITECH regulations, prepared by RPP Editor Francie Fernald. This report summarizes the amendments to the regulatory language and highlights the clarifications that HHS discusses in the preamble to the rule. It has two parts:

  1. Revisions to the breach notification rules, and
  2. Revisions to the HIPAA privacy and security rules and the HHS OIG enforcement rules mandated by the HITECH Act.

Click here to read the report (PDF file).

May 21, 2015
Cures Act Advances to House Floor

H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee with a vote of 51-0.

May 21, 2015
CareFirst Announces Data Breach Affecting 1.1M

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield disclosed a data breach from June 2014, which it says only affected limited data for up to 1.1 million members. http://www.carefirstanswers.com/

May 14, 2015
Cures Act Advances to Full HELP Committee

The 21st Century Cures Act, which contains alterations to HIPAA regulations concerning medical research, was voted on to the main Senate HELP Committee Thursday to be considered next week. http://tinyurl.com/o3nt9rr

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