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June 2015

Recent Stories of Interest

From Report on Patient Privacy - Coming on the heels of record-setting breaches by Anthem, Inc. and Premera Blue Cross, Inc., CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield of Maryland has become the third BCBS plan to recently announce its records were hacked, although its breach is much smaller than the earlier two. And while there are similarities among the three, CareFirst may have the distinction of being the first to acknowledge that it caught the intrusion about a year earlier and thought, wrongly as it turns out, that it was “contained.” Read more

Although it has been available for a decade or so, the cyber… Read more

The wheels of the government are slowly grinding toward the start of… Read more

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

From the Editor

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

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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).

June 19, 2015
Privacy Attorney Assumes HHS HIPAA Role

Deven McGraw, a privacy attorney with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, is the new deputy director of health information privacy in the Office of Civil Rights.

June 12, 2015
Blue Shield of California Announces Data Breach

Blue Shield of California reported a data breach that occurred in May, affecting more than 800 members.

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.

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