Final HIPAA Rules Require Notice Changes

On January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its final rules governing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification. The regulations significantly change some provisions of the existing rules. “Covered Entities”  and “Business Associates” must comply with these new provisions by September 2013. The…

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Stolen Laptop Costs Clinic $1.5 Million Fine

On September 17, 2012, the Office of Civil Rights which enforces the HIPAA privacy law announced the following fine and settlement for theft of an unencrypted laptop with patient information. This is truly sad given that even the poorest practitioner can afford free software from TrueCrypt. No laptop should leave the building without encryption. I…

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