Leon Rodriguez

By Erin McCann 12:00 am September 20, 2013
In the second biggest HIPAA privacy breach ever reported, one of the nation's largest healthcare systems is notifying more than four million patients that their protected health information and Social Security numbers have been compromised after the theft of four unencrypted company computers.
Breach after patient data pops up online
By Erin McCann 10:45 am September 09, 2013
A debt collection agency that contracted with University of Chicago Physicians Group is notifying nearly 1,400 patients that their protected health information, insurance data and Social Security numbers have been compromised after being accessible to viewers on the Internet.
By Bernie Monegain 12:00 am August 15, 2013
No sooner had HHS Office for Civil Rights Director Leon Rodriguez taken the stage at the Healthcare IT News/HIMSSMedia Privacy and Security Forum last December, than he made his “tough on crime” stance clear.
By Mike Miliard 11:09 am August 14, 2013
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has settled with Affinity Health Plan, a New York-based managed care plan, for HIPAA violations to the tune of $1,215,780 after a photocopier containing protected health information was compromised.
By Gary Glover 12:00 am July 15, 2013
If you aren’t interested in business associate security, maybe you should rethink your patient security strategy. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 57 percent of patient records breached involve business associates.
By Erin McCann 12:00 am June 20, 2013
Siemens Healthcare and Louisiana State University at Shreveport are notifying 8,330 patients of a HIPAA breach following a database mishap that resulted in billing and treatment information being mailed to the wrong patients. 
By Erin McCann 10:32 am June 17, 2013
Redding, Calif.-based Shasta Regional Medical Center, a Prime Healthcare Services hospital, has agreed to pay $275,000 to the Department of Health and Human Services to settle alleged HIPAA privacy rule violations.
By Erin McCann 10:57 am May 30, 2013
The Department of Health and Human Services wants to talk HIPAA audits with those covered entities who have experienced and endured the process itself. HHS will be surveying healthcare entities audited last year through the HIPAA Audit Program to better gauge the efficacy of the audits, in addition to the entities' perspectives regarding the...
Idaho State University, photo: Eric Kjaemperud, wikicommons
By Erin McCann 10:37 am May 23, 2013
Idaho State University will pay $400,000 to the U.S. Department of Health Human Services to settle alleged violations of the HIPAA Security Rule. The settlement comes after ISU's Pocatello Family Medicine Clinic disabled server firewall protections for a period of at least 10 months, resulting in the breach of electronic protected health...
By Erin McCann 10:43 am April 25, 2013
Faxing confidential patient health data has its own set of privacy issues, as the Oakland, Calif.-based WestCoast Children's Clinic can attest. The clinic has notified patients of a HIPAA breach after it faxed patients' protected health information to an incorrect fax number.

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