UPDATE: HIPAA (mis)information and the Covid vaccine

Earlier this week I wrote about a national payroll provider that shared some very incorrect information about an employer’s HIPAA responsibilities on its website. That company, ADP, saw my post and reached out to me to let me know that they updated their article. “I saw your blog that highlighted...
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What Are The Results Of A HIPAA Violation?

If you want to keep your business operating smoothly, you always need to make sure that you are following all necessary guidelines as closely as you possibly can. That is something that can be much easier said than done, of course, but nonetheless it is something to think about. One kind of regulation you strongly need to follow is HIPAA, especially if your business has anything at all to do with healthcare.
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UF Health Sued for HIPAA Violations After “Cybersecurity Event”

On Thursday, a case was removed from the Circuit Court for Fifth Judicial Circuit for Lake County to the Middle District of Florida. The case was originally filed by a patient against UF Health Central Florida and its affiliates and concerns the theft of personally identifiable records in violation of HIPAA due to an electronic infiltration of the UF Health Central Florida computer systems.
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Vaccine Incentives and Health Plan Surcharges: The HIPAA Police Weigh In

The following article was first posted on Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessy LLP's Labor and Employment Law blog and is reposted here with permission. Premium discounts and surcharges on employee contributions to employer-sponsored health plans based on COVID-19 vaccination status have become a hot topic. issued FAQs regarding the application...

De-Identification of PHI According to the HIPAA Privacy Rule

- De-identification of protected health information (PHI) can help researchers glean valuable insights about population health, aid in healthcare policymaking, and bolster other research ventures. Once PHI is de-identified and can no longer be traced back to an individual, it is no longer protected by the HIPAA Privacy Rule. To...

Here’s to why Alfi Inc. (ALF) stock is moving down during pre-market trading?

Alfi Inc. (NASDAQ: ALF) stock gained by 11.97% at last close whereas the ALF stock price declines by 2.60% in the pre-market trading session. Alfi, Inc. offers technologies that help the digital out-of-home advertising business become more transparent and accountable. ALF stock’ Recent Development. According to new research from Alfi...

How to Best Prevent HIPAA Violations

In 2020, there were 19 settled HIPAA violation cases settled. If you want to prevent HIPAA violations, you may be wondering what steps you can take so that you can keep running your healthcare center. Thankfully, we put together a list of things you can do to improve your business...

HIPAA and COVID-19 Vaccination Status: The Office of Civil Rights Issues Workplace Guidance

“The guidance reminds the public that the HIPAA Privacy Rule does not apply to employers or employment records.”[1]. On September 30, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) released guidance (the “Guidance”) entitled, “HIPAA, COVID-19 Vaccination, and the Workplace,” regarding the applicability of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) Privacy Rule (“Privacy Rule”) to disclosures and requests for information regarding COVID-19 vaccination status. In a frequently-asked-questions format, the Guidance sets forth a series of workplace-related scenarios involving the confidentiality of an employee’s vaccination status, an employer’s ability to obtain vaccination information from its employees, and the confidentiality of such information.

Update on HIPAA and COVID

U.S. Department of Health & Human Service (HHS) issued additional guidance concerning how HIPAA rules intertwine with the COVID environment. The guidance provides greater clarity to employers as to when HIPAA does and does not apply in various situations. The following is a rundown of the guidance. 1. Does the...
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US must catch up with rest of the world on data privacy

The U.S. is woefully behind the rest of the world in enacting universal, comprehensive data privacy laws that protect consumers. A messy patchwork of disjointed and woefully outdated laws leaves Americans vulnerable to attacks on their private data. However, the federal government can learn from other governments, both foreign and...

ActionIQ Expands Its CDP Offering into the Healthcare Industry

Completes HIPAA Type I Certification, Is Recertified in SOC 2 Type II Standards. ActionIQ, the leading Enterprise Customer Data Platform (CDP), today announced that it has expanded its CDP into the healthcare vertical by completing their compliance audit for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Type 1 standards. Adding the HIPAA certification to ActionIQ’s CDP capabilities creates an industry-first comprehensive customer experience (CX) offering for healthcare payers, providers, life sciences and pharmacy brands.

Risky Business: How to Conduct a NIST-based Risk Analysis to Comply with the HIPAA Security Rule

In addition to being a HIPAA Security Rule requirement, conducting regular risk analyses is a fundamental business practice, yet many healthcare organizations struggle with the basics, from understanding what’s involved to conducting the analysis and beyond. In this white paper, we explore some of these challenges, including Office for Civil...

Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury Clarify Rules Governing Premium Surcharges/Discounts Related to COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (the “Departments”) recently issued a set of Frequently Asked Questions—FAQs About Affordable Act Implementation, Part 50, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Implementation—confirming that employers may utilize group health plan coverage surcharges in compliance with the ACA and HIPAA, although Title VI, ADA, and GINA compliance-based questions remain. We wrote about premium surcharges here and discuss the additional guidance below.

Vaccination Information and HIPAA in the Workplace

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) has been a source of workplace confusion since it was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on August 21, 1996.[i] What is HIPAA and how does it apply in a workplace setting are among the most asked questions. HIPAA...

Apply HIPAA to help Facebook transform mental health for good – Boston, Massachusetts

NSacebook and other social media companies have accurate information about millions of individuals’ thoughts, feelings and behaviors. These companies often know more than their therapists know. When the therapist or other healthcare professional must adhere to what he or she knows about the patient’s mental health Protected health information under...