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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HIPAA Privacy Rules Again… and a warning to Business Associates

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has just proposed new regulations designed to fulfill the amendments made to HIPAA last year when the economic stimulus act (ARRA) was passed by Congress. The separate Health Information for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was grafted onto ARRA. Recall that among the HIPAA amendments…

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