Compliance & Legal

Virginia failed to secure Medicaid data

The state of Virginia failed to secure its Medicaid data in a method in line with federal requirements.

By Jessica Davis 03:24 pm May 24, 2017
The state’s Department of Medical Assistance Services didn’t meet federal security requirements, which could have compromised the integrity of the system.
St. Luke's-Roosevelt HIPAA fine

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By Beth Jones Sanborn 10:32 am May 24, 2017
The settlement stems from 2014 OCR complaint that staff member from Spencer Cox Center disclosed a patient's protected health information.
Senate bill would fast-track rules for firing bad VA employees
By Jessica Davis 01:58 pm May 12, 2017
The VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act overhauls long-standing civil service protections that President Donald Trump said he would enact to hold the agency accountable.
Memorial Hermann HIPAA violation
By Susan Morse 03:25 pm May 10, 2017
Patient was arrested for showing a fake Social Security card, but Texas health system was still held liable for releasing name.  
Mount Sinai owes OIG $42 million
By Bernie Monegain 11:22 am May 04, 2017
New York hospital owes millions for improperly billed Medicare claims in 2012 and 2013, but the recovery period may have passed.
Blockchain and healthcare privacy laws

Attorney Sharon Klein at the law firm Pepper Hamilton, along with Joe Guagliardo, who chairs the Blockchain Technology Group at the firm, have been looking at blockchain's implications for healthcare for more than a year.

By Mike Miliard 10:31 am May 03, 2017
Leaders are intrigued by the digital ledger technology's potential, but intrigue alone won’t get it past regulations.
Vivian Lee resigns NantHealth controversy
By Jessica Davis 02:21 pm May 02, 2017
The resignation of Vivian Lee also follows the controversial firing of the Huntsman Cancer Institute Director.
By Bill Siwicki 10:12 am May 02, 2017
Organizations need to engage legal help to assist their CEOs to make smart decisions and improve breach responses, the research firm states.
Partners and Indiana University pay millions to settle fraud

Brigham and Women’s Hospital “has made significant enhancements to research integrity compliance protocols as a result of this event,” a hospital spokesperson told the Boston Business Journal. 

By Bill Siwicki 03:35 pm May 01, 2017
Partners and Indiana University have reached multimillion dollar settlements with the DOJ over allegedly fraudulent grant funding, False Claims Act violations.
By Jessica Davis 11:24 am April 27, 2017
The OCR director stressed the importance of interoperability and protecting patient data during his Thursday morning session at Health Datapalooza.

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