The Davis Brown Health Law Blog is dedicated to the legal and business issues facing health care providers. Topics include regulatory developments, employment law updates, and compliance trends of importance to a wide variety of providers, including hospitals, physician practices, surgery centers, long-term care facilities and rural providers.
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In collaboration with the HHS Office for Civil Rights, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released a new tool designed to help practices conduct and document a comprehensive assessment to identify risks in their organizations Read More »
In a Feb. 24 notice in the Federal Register, the HHS's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced its intention to resume its HIPAA Audit Program. By and large, the audit program has been inactive since December 2012, when OCR concluded its pilot audit program.
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A small county in Washington has agreed to pay $215,000 to settle allegations that it violated HIPAA by failing to secure electronic protected health information. Skagit County maintained protected health information ("PHI") of individuals served by its Public Health Department. Read More »
On February 12, 2014 President Obama signed Executive Order 13658 requiring federal contractors to pay a minimum rate of pay of $10.10 per hour. Read More »
A Spanish version of the Model Notices of Privacy Practices (NPP) has been issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office for the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Read More »
Occasionally employers who act as the plan sponsor of a group health plan discover that they have neglected to send a "COBRA notice" to an employee who has been terminated. Recent Federal Court decisions within the Eighth Circuit provide guidance on what to do when this oversight is discovered. Read More »
On Jan. 15, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched a new educational resource, Worker Safety in Hospitals. Read More »
HHS recently announced that it fined a dermatology practice $150,000 for failing to reasonably safeguard an unencrypted thumb drive and failing to conduct an accurate and thorough risk analysis of electronic PHI. Read More »
In November, a federal district court granted partial summary judgment for the Department of Justice in U.S. ex. Rel. Baklid-Kunz v. Halifax Medical Center, ruling that productivity bonuses paid to employed physicians violated the Stark Law. Read More »
Affinity Health Plan has agreed to pay more than $1.2 million to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Regulations. The alleged violations related to a photocopier previously leased by Affinity which was later returned by Affinity and purchased from the leasing company by CBS News. Read More »
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