A small nonprofit hospice organization in Idaho has agreed to pay $50,000 to the Department of Health and Human Services to settle allegations of federal data security rule violations over the loss of a laptop containing the personal health information of 441 patients
President Obamas proposed fiscal 2013 budget calls for an overall 8 percent increase in spending for the Department of Health and Human Services, but a 5 percent cut in spending for the unit that enforces HIPAA
OCR reported a total of 364 such breaches, up from 345 in its previous post in October. The 364 breaches have impacted 18,190,451 persons in breaches reported by covered entities from September 22, 2009—the day prior to the effective date of the Breach Notification Rule—to September 14, 2011
Prosecutors say 35-year-old Paul C. Pepala of Monroeville disclosed the names and social security numbers of patients at Shadyside Hospital. Other people then used that information to file false tax returns that sought refunds.
All 4.9 million TRICARE military health plan beneficiaries that were affected by a recent data breach will be notified by mail, but they won’t be offered free credit monitoring services.
The PHR Model Privacy Notice is designed to be a standardized template that a web-based PHR company can use to succinctly inform consumers about its privacy and security policies.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has appointed Leon Rodriguez as the director of the Office for Civil Rights. Among other duties, OCR enforces the HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification rules.
The spreadsheet ended up on a website called Student of Fortune, which allows students to hire people to help them with their homework. It was first posted to the site on Sept. 9, 2010, as an attachment to a question about how to construct a bar graph
A medical privacy breach led to the public posting on a commercial Web site of data for 20,000 emergency room patients at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., including names and diagnosis codes, the hospital has confirmed. The information stayed online for nearly a year.
A Niagara Falls, Ontario man is facing charged he lied to government authorities and violated HIPAA laws by dumping medical records into a dumpster behind the Erie County Auto Bureau Office in Cheektowaga