Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

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Automated HIPAA transactions can save payers, providers $8.5B each year

Adopting fully electronic processes for six different claims-related business transactions could save the healthcare industry $8.5 billion each year, according to a new report from the CAQH Index.  

Privacy violations: Small breaches also pose danger but rarely addressed

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.

David Harlow: Evidence-based medicine's promise lies in data analyses

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.

Suicide-related benefit exclusions may be illegal

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.

Proposed HIPAA rule aims to streamline health plan compliance

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.

OCR chief may exit for Homeland Security post

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.

Hospital workers fired after allegedly snooping into Kim Kardashian's medical records

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.

Sale of state databases threatens patient privacy

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.

WEDI issues guidance on HIPAA requirements for EFT

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 to pay $7 million for collecting personal health, other data

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.