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Covered Entity Agrees to Pay $3.5 Million HIPAA Settlement Related to Five Breaches at Five Different Sites in a Four Month Period

Feb 27 2018 - 17:32

A covered entity that experienced five separate breaches over a four month period agreed to pay a $3.5 HIPAA million settlement and entered into a two year corrective action plan with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The breaches, which occurred at five different sites, involved a total of...

Behavioral Health Organization Pays $4 Million Settlement Related to Claims Submitted by Unlicensed, Unqualified and Unsupervised Staff

Feb 14 2018 - 00:00

A Massachusetts behavioral health organization recently agreed to pay $4 million based on allegations that it fraudulently billed the state’s Medicaid Program for mental health care services provided to patients by unlicensed, unqualified, and unsupervised staff members at seventeen different...

$17 Million Settlement a Reminder that Privacy Breaches Could be in the Mail

Jan 22 2018 - 17:59

On January 17, 2018, Aetna settled a federal class action lawsuit for $17 million related to a data breach. According to the settlement, Aetna improperly released the names of over 13,000 individuals to its legal counsel and to a vendor. The vendor then sent letters in large-windowed envelopes...

SAMHSA Provides Additional Clarification on Rules Applicable to Substance Use Disorder Records under Part 2

Jan 12 2018 - 00:00

On January 3, 2018, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published a Final Rule (“2018 Final Rule”)  that makes additional changes to the regulations governing the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records (42 CFR Part 2 or “Part 2”).  The 2018...

Failure to Provide Auxiliary Aids and Services for Deaf and Hard Hearing Patients Leads to Resolution Agreement with OCR and $20,500 Payment to Complainants

Jan 9 2018 - 17:02

The University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) recently entered into a voluntary resolution agreement with the United States Department of Health and Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the United...

HRSA Releases New Health Center Program Site Visit Protocol

Dec 19 2017 - 12:00

HRSA recently released the new Health Center Program Site Visit Protocol (SVP). According to HRSA, the SVP is fully aligned with the...

OCR Posts New and Revised Resources on HIPAA Protection of Mental and Behavioral Health Information

Dec 19 2017 - 01:15

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently posted several new and revised resources for HIPAA covered entities. As part of the 21st Century Cures Act, OCR was tasked to providing additional guidance to the healthcare sector, researchers,...

HRSA Issues Final Health Center Program Compliance Manual

Sep 28 2017 - 11:27

On August 28th HRSA released the long-awaited Health Center Program Compliance Manual.  HRSA intends for the Manual to provide a streamlined and consolidated resource to assist health...

HRSA Proposes to Delay Enforcement of Manufacturer Overcharge Penalty Rule

Aug 18 2017 - 00:00

HRSA is proposing to delay enforcement of its final rule imposing civil monetary penalties on manufacturers that overcharge 340B program covered entities (Overcharge CMP Rule) until July 1, 2018.  The agency will solicit comments on the proposal for 30 days once it is formally published in the...

Final Rule on Substance Use Disorder Records Now in Effect

Apr 7 2017 - 11:32

New requirements for patient consent forms and the sharing of substance use records are now in effect under a Final Rule issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Final Rule modernizes 42 CFR Part 2 (Part 2) to allow for information exchange within new...