New HIPAA Risk Assessment Tool

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), in collaboration with the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) just posted an updated Windows only version of its HIPAA risk assessment tool (SRA). I know; lots of exciting acronyms, abbreviations, and labels! You can download the new software on the government’s Health IT…

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Philadelphia Catholics Agree to $650,000 HIPAA Fine

Business Associates who fail to conduct health information risk assessments and adopt required security policies and procedures face a growing threat of discovery and fines. Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CHCS) got more than a prayerful penance after violating HIPAA rules. The $650,000 fine imposed by HHS arose from the reported theft of a CHCS issued, unencrypted…

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Bona Fide Associations – Alright Already – Here are the Filings

In my last article, (Part Three – Bona Fide Associations…still waiting), I observed that the state regulatory filings for health plans issued to association trusts to be treated as large group plans were not available on the Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) website. Nothing has changed since July. Most industry insiders predict that…

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