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August 2014

Recent Stories of Interest

From Report on Patient Privacy - It sounds like something out of a 60s-era rock song. But the alleged failure of a Rhode Island medical center to keep track of more than a dozen computer back-up tapes during a “hospital-wide media destruction” has cost it a penalty of $150,000 and resulted in a corrective action plan that requires, among other things, that it hire a private firm to audit how well it is complying with HIPAA. Read more

At UMC Health System, the public system in Lubbock, Texas, that serves… Read more

Every day, doctors close up shop. They retire; they become ill; some… Read more

In 2011, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) pursued a HIPAA… 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 13, 2014
HHS to Send Survey Regarding Audit Worthiness

HHS has asked the Office of Management and Budget to approve a pre-audit survey that will be sent to 1,200 HIPAA covered entities and business associates. The survey will gather information to assess the size, complexity, and fitness of the CE/BA for an audit by the Office for Civil Rights.

April 23, 2014
Stolen Laptops Lead to $2 Million in HIPAA fines

Two entities have paid the HHS Office for Civil Rights $1,975,220 collectively to resolve potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2014pres/04/20140422b.html

April 1, 2014
Security Risk Assessment Tool Now Available

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Office for Civil Rights, and the HHS Office of the General Counsel have developed a downloadable Security Risk Assessment Tool to help covered entities and business associates conduct a risk assessment. Videos and a user guide are available to learn how to use the tool. The tool is compatible with the iPad and Windows and also is available in paper.

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