In an era of increased concerns about patient privacy within the healthcare industry, most of the attention focuses on large-scale breaches; indeed, five such incidents this year compromised nearly 100 million private records. But this focus means smaller-scale breaches affecting only one or two patients often fly under the radar, according to Pro Publica.
Everyone has a digital footprint as a patient, according to Boston-based health attorney and FierceHealthIT Editorial Advisory Board member David Harlow. When that data is aggregated with the digital footprints of others, he says, it can be usable information.
Some health plans exclude benefit payment for healthcare costs stemming from suicide-related injuries, though experts say these exclusions aren't allowable in many cases under federal law, according to Kaiser Health News.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services issued a proposed rule that would require a controlling health plan (CHP) to submit information and documentation demonstrating its compliance with standards and operating rules for three electronic transactions adopted under HIPAA.
The potential departure of U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights Director Leon Rodriguez could leave OCR without its central leader just as the permanent HIPAA auditing program gets under way this year.
Five workers and a student research assistant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Calif.) have been fired over privacy breaches involving patient medical records--and there is speculation that the patient was Kardashian, who gave birth to her daughter with rapper Kanye West in a birthing suite at the hospital on June 15, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Patient privacy may be at risk as hospitals in several states sell records that can link a person's identity to medical conditions using public information, Bloomberg reports.
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) has released guidance on the HIPAA requirements for electronic fund transfer (EFT) and electronic remittance device (ERD) transactions. "Our...
Google has settled a case with 38 states, agreeing to pay a $7 million fine after it collected personal health information during its Street View project. Google also agreed to educate its employees on confidentiality of user data.
A dozen patients are suing North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System for allegedly failing to protect their medical records and notifying them of a theft.