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November 2014

Recent Stories of Interest

From Report on Patient Privacy - Now that it seems likely the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) audit program won’t begin until 2015, covered entities (CEs) should take the next couple of months to get their houses in order before some of them hear an auditor’s knock on their door. Actually, most of the upcoming audits — there may be 300 or more — won’t be done in person, so there won’t be a literal knock from an auditor, but a letter or maybe an email. Read more

Anne Adams, whose titles include chief compliance officer and chief privacy officer… Read more

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) may need to launch a… Read more

Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June 2013 that the portion… Read more

From the Editor

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

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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).

November 17, 2014
Two Court Decisions Impact Use of HIPAA in Lawsuits

The Connecticut Supreme Court overturned a lower court and will allow HIPAA to be used as the standard of care in a negligence lawsuit. Emily Byrne v. Avery Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology, P.C., SC 18904 (Nov. 11, 2014).

And the Indiana Court of Appeals issued its decision upholding the $1.44 million verdict against Walgreens because of a pharmacist’s unauthorized access to and disclosure of a customer’s prescription records. Walgreen Co. vs. Hinchy, No. 49A02-1311-CT-950 (Nov. 14, 2014).

November 11, 2014
OCR Issues Ebola, Health Emergency Guidance

The Office for Civil Rights has posted guidance on what PHI a covered entity and its business associate may share without an authorization and with whom when presented with a health care emergency, such as the Ebola crisis.

November 4, 2014
OIG to Review Hospitals' Contingency Plans for Compliance With HIPAA

Buried in the HHS Office of Inspector General 2015 Work Plan, under “Other Public-Health-Related Reviews,” is a new initiative that will impact hospitals that are covered entities. The OIG says, “We will determine the extent to which hospitals comply with contingency planning requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). We will also compare hospitals' contingency plans with government- and industry-recommended practices.” Expected issue date is FY 2015.

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