The COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted an array of evolving patient privacy issues that legislators and regulators will need to address in the year ahead, say government policy experts Mari Savickis and Cassie Leonard of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
Look for the Biden administration to put health data privacy and security on the front burner next year. Here's what could be in store at the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights, which enforces HIPAA.
Federal regulators have issued guidance to help clarify how HIPAA covered entities and business associates are permitted to make patient record disclosures for public health purposes to health information exchange organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under legislation passed by Congress this weekend that awaits President Trump's signature, HIPAA enforcers, when considering financial penalties for compliance violations, would need to determine whether an organization had implemented "recognized security practices," such as the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.
A long-overdue report on findings from a HIPAA compliance audit program conducted in 2016 and 2017 illustrates shortcomings that, unfortunately, are still common today. Those include the failure to conduct a security risk analysis and the failure to give patients access to their records.
Federal regulators Thursday issued their 11th HIPAA settlement - the ninth in recent months - involving a patient right of access to records case. The resolution agreement with a Queens, New York, physician's practice calls for a $15,000 penalty and adoption of a corrective action plan.
The Department of Health and Human Services last week issued its 10th settlement involving a HIPAA "right of access" case since launching its patient records access initiative last year. But how might HIPAA enforcement priorities at HHS' Office for Civil Rights change under a Biden administration?
Federal regulators have issued the final version of a five-year strategic health IT plan that sets goals and objectives focused around providing patients secure access of their health data. But what do experts think of the plan, and would it stick under a potential Biden administration?
In the latest health data breach enforcement action by a state, New Jersey regulators have slapped a supermarket cooperative with a large settlement for improper disposal of customer pharmacy information.
Despite the soaring list of customers reporting data breaches tied to the May ransomware attack on Blackbaud - and numerous legal actions filed against the company - the fundraising software vendor recently told Wall Street that it expects cyber insurance to cover the bulk of its costs associated with the incident.