Posts by aradecki

HIPAA Privacy and Security Mistakes Employers Make

HIPAA Privacy and Security Mistakes Employers Make

Introduction Employers often wonder what they need to do to ensure that their health plans comply with HIPAA, and there...

Employer Reporting & HIPAA Compliance

Employer Reporting & HIPAA Compliance

In the flurry of instructions, deadlines, and revisions to the reporting requirements for employers, it’s easy to see how HIPAA’s...

HHS Increases Penalties for HIPAA Violations

HHS Increases Penalties for HIPAA Violations

On October 11, 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published in the Federal Register the 2018...

OCR Announces Two New Settlements for HIPAA Privacy and Security Violations

OCR Announces Two New Settlements for HIPAA Privacy and Security Violations

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced its seventh and eight settlements of 2017, with two separate covered entities....

OCR HIPAA Breach Settlement Stems from Failure to Conduct Risk Analysis

OCR HIPAA Breach Settlement Stems from Failure to Conduct Risk Analysis

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has recently announced a HIPAA settlement regarding a breach of unsecured electronic protected health...

IRS Phishing Scam – Reminder to Employers Sponsoring Group Health Plans

IRS Phishing Scam – Reminder to Employers Sponsoring Group Health Plans

The IRS has recently issued a warning about a large, sophisticated email phishing scam that is targeting human resources and...

Small Breach Reporting Deadline Today (March 1)

Small Breach Reporting Deadline Today (March 1)

A reminder for sponsors of group health plans subject to HIPAA that reporting of small breaches (i.e., those affecting fewer...

21st Century Cures Act Impacts Access, Uses and Disclosures under HIPAA

21st Century Cures Act Impacts Access, Uses and Disclosures under HIPAA

Introduction On December 13th, President Obama signed H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures Act”), into law. The bill provides...