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Ransomware Attack on California Hospital Puts Providers on Alert for New Threats to Health Information

While management at hospitals and other health care providers has long been aware of the need to implement computer security policies to comply with HIPAA’s requirements for protecting sensitive patient information, cybersecurity may have rocketed to the top of management’s priority list in the wake of the recent cyberattack on Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (HPMC) that left the hospital unable to access some of its computer systems for ten days.

Webinar: Text for Success- New Rules for Engaging Your Audience Amid Regulatory Changes

On February 17, Arent Fox Communications, Technology & Mobile partner Michael Hazzard and attorney Adam Bowser will be featured speakers for a webinar examining the intersection of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and the TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act).

New Partner Douglas Grimm Adds to Health Care Practice Regulatory Clout

Washington, DC — Arent Fox is pleased to welcome partner Douglas A. Grimm, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), to its national Health Care practice. Mr. Grimm joins the Washington, DC office from Stradley Ronon where he was chair of the firm’s health care practice. Mr. Grimm focuses on the general representation of health care systems, with an emphasis on regulatory counseling.

OCR Provides Covered Entities with a Year-End Reminder to Protect PHI

Potentially missed among end-of-year and holiday activities, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced three resolution agreements for violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules within the past month.

OCR To Mobile Health Developers: Send Us Your HIPAA Questions

Bringing to life an initiative described by Jocelyn Samuels, the Director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), at the recent Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security conference, OCR has announced the launch of a new on-line platform to solicit questions on HIPAA compliance from mobile health developers and others interested in t

Covered Entities and Business Associates Beware! New HIPAA Audits to Begin in Early 2016

Health care providers and their contractors have been put on notice by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) that the next round of HIPAA compliance audits will begin in early 2016.  The previous round of HIPAA audits was completed in 2014.  While OCR previously had signaled that the HIPAA audits would be resuming in the near future (such as by noting the upcoming release of a new audit protocol), OCR’s new statement is the most definitive information curr

Don’t Lose Your Laptop! New HIPAA Settlement Emphasizes Importance of Risk Analysis and Device and Media Controls

On September 2, 2015, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a new settlement for $750,000 with Cancer Care Group, P.C.

Medical Center Settles HIPAA Claims Relating to Use of Internet Application and Breach

On June 10, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), announced that it had entered into a resolution agreement with St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (St. Elizabeth’s), a Massachusetts hospital, to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules.  As part of the settlement, St. Elizabeth’s agreed to pay $218,000 and implement a corrective action plan to address identified deficiencies in its HIPAA compliance program.

What the Obergefell v. Hodges Decision May Mean to the Health Care Industry

King v. Burwell understandably took the attention of the health care industry a couple of weeks ago when it upheld a key component of the Affordable Care Act. A day later, however, the Supreme Court released another decision that may have a more significant going-forward impact on the health care industry: the Obergefell decision, which declares that gay individuals have a right under the 14th Amendment and Equal Protection Clause of the U.S.