Recent hacking incidents involving an emergency medical transport company and a firm that provides billing services to ambulance companies underscore how protected health information is subject to risk and oversight alike before a patient even steps into a hospital.
The Department of Health and Human Services slapped three dental practices with fines and corrective action plans in its latest round of HIPAA enforcement actions involving patient right of access. The actions come just days after a new director of the Office for Civil Rights assumed office.
U.S. Democratic senators are urging the Biden administration to update HIPAA to enhance privacy protections over reproductive health data in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reported a hacking incident that affected 236,000 individuals, potentially including any current or former inmate who since 2008 received a mental health diagnosis while incarcerated.
A Michigan law firm recently told regulators about a hacking incident discovered nearly a year ago that has affected the protected health information of more than 255,000 individuals, including members of a Michigan health plan. Some of the compromised data was a decade old.
A Colorado-based urology practice agreed to compensate nearly 138,000 individuals affected by a September 2021 hacking incident under the terms of a potential multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit settlement. The settlement is headed for final court approval next month.
A former employee of multistate senior living chain Avamere Health Services LLC has filed a proposed class action lawsuit accusing the company of negligence and other allegations in the wake of a hacking incident affecting her as well as 381,000 employees and patients.
An apparent ransomware incident involving a printing and mailing vendor affects more than double the number of people originally reported as being affected, and the total now nearly reaches 2.7 million individuals. Why are so many vendors reporting huge breaches?
A breach investigation into an incident initially appearing to affect only one individual has turned into a $300,640 HIPAA settlement for a dermatology practice that was subsequently discovered to be improperly disposing many patient information for more than a decade.
A Florida operator of urgent care clinics recently reported to federal regulators a health data breach affecting more than 258,000 individuals tied to a vendor's ransomware attack in May 2021. Why did it take so long to determine that the incident resulted in breach of protected health information?
Two hacking incidents involving vendors providing important IT-related and other services to dozens of covered entity clients are among the latest breaches affecting hundreds of thousands of individuals' data and show how mounting reliance on third parties creates increased risk to patient data.
Another proposed federal class action lawsuit alleges Facebook uses its Pixel tracking tool to collect millions of individuals' sensitive health data from healthcare provider websites without patients' knowledge or consent. HIPAA prohibits the use of PHI for marketing purposes without consent.
New draft guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology - if properly applied by HIPAA regulated entities - could help organizations avoid fines and similar enforcement actions by regulators in the wake of breaches, some experts say.
A slew of HIPAA enforcement actions is a sign that regulators are impatient with the short shrift that many medical providers give to providing patients access to their health information. No fewer than 11 of the last dozen HIPAA fines focus on a right of access dispute.