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April 2015

Recent Stories of Interest

From Report on Patient Privacy - Premera Blue Cross, which operates in Washington state and Alaska, has reported learning about a breach of 11 million of its records on Jan. 29 — the same day that Anthem, Inc., also said it learned that data for some 80 million individuals had been compromised (RPP 3/15, p. 1). Thus far, federal and state officials — and Premera itself — haven’t linked the two breaches publicly, although non-governmental IT experts have. Read more

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

While Anthem, Inc. is a HIPAA covered entity (CE) whose massive data… Read more

The name Moda Health, Inc. doesn’t appear on the Office for Civil… 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).

April 20, 2015
ONC Revises Privacy and Security Guide

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has updated its Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information. Last released in 2011, the revisions address issues for small and midsize providers and include a full chapter on a seven-step approach for implementing a security management process.

March 2, 2015
Data Theft Numbers Just Continue to Go Up

Medical identify theft is up more than 20% over 2013, and the number of records affected due to hacking incidents is up more than 50%. These are the findings of two recently released studies by the Ponemon Institute and Redspin.

February 20, 2015
March 1 Is Breach Reporting Deadline

Covered entities, if they have not already done so, must file their annual report of breaches that affected under 500 individuals with OCR by March 1. CEs must file a separate breach report for each incident using the OCR breach notification portal.

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