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REMINDER: Deadline Approaching for Reporting Small Breaches to OCR

Feb 28 2019 - 17:50

Health centers that discovered breaches of unsecured PHI affecting fewer than 500 individuals in 2018 have until March 1st to report the “small breaches” using OCR’s Breach Portal. Covered entities must complete a separate notice for each breach incident. The Breach Portal does not allow covered...

HHS Releases Title X Final Rule

Feb 26 2019 - 00:00

On February 22nd, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Final Rule revising the regulations governing the Title X family planning program. HHS stated that among the “key elements” of the final rule are the following: requiring financial and physical separation between...

OCR Announces 2018 as “All-Time Record Year” for HIPAA Enforcement; Most Recent Settlement Involved PHI of 62,500 Patients Available via Hospital Servers

Feb 25 2019 - 00:00

Earlier this month the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the final settlement of calendar year 2018 and declared 2018 as the “all-time record year” for HIPAA enforcement. The total for HIPAA enforcement actions in 2018 was $28.7 million, a 22% increase over the previous record in 2016...

OIG Investigation Finds NIH Grantee Misappropriated Funds

Feb 20 2019 - 00:00

A health science university recently paid $2.3 million to resolve allegations that it misappropriated grant funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A two-year investigation found that, prior to the end of the grant period, the grantee placed a $1.2 million order from a vendor. The...

HRSA Issues FTCA Site Visit Protocol

Jan 23 2019 - 00:00

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently issued a protocol for FTCA Site Visits. This new protocol describes the site visit’s purpose, structure, process and report. It includes materials to help health centers to prepare for an FTCA site visit, including a document...

OCR Requests Public Input on Changes to HIPAA Rules

Jan 23 2019 - 00:00

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the federal agency responsible for HIPAA oversight and enforcement, is requesting public input on updating the HIPAA Rules. OCR’s Request for Information (RFI) invites general feedback on how the HIPAA Rules present obstacles to care coordination and value-...

HHS Issues New Cybersecurity Guidance

Jan 10 2019 - 00:00

A Task Group, formed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in response to the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 and comprised of a variety of health care and cybersecurity experts, recently released a four-part publication on cybersecurity practices. The publication addresses five...

HRSA Releases Updated Compliance Manual, Site Visit Protocol and FAQ Web Page

Aug 22 2018 - 00:00

HRSA recently released its revised Health Center Program Compliance Manual (Compliance Manual) and...

OIG Announces Review of AIMS Grants

Aug 20 2018 - 00:00

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new review of HRSA.  According to updates made it its work plan, the OIG will review HRSA's internal controls related the 2017 Access Increases in Mental Health and Substance Abuse...

Covered Entity to Pay $4.3 Million HIPAA Penalty Related to Loss/Theft of Unencrypted Devices

Jun 20 2018 - 15:14

On June 1, 2018, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) granted summary judgement to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), requiring a covered entity to pay $4.3 million in civil monetary penalties to OCR. The covered entity reported three data breaches to OCR...