Tag Archives: PHI

OCR to Increase Efforts to Investigate Privacy Breaches of Unsecured Protected Heath Information Affecting Fewer Than 500 Individuals

By: Edward J. Welch The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that investigates privacy breaches of unsecured, protected health information (PHI) under the Health Information Technology for Economic … Continue reading

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Are you Ready for a HIPAA Investigation?

By: Vanessa A. Reynolds Scarcely a week goes by without a media report of a HIPAA breach – or a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) press release announcing a settlement agreement with an organization that suffered a breach.  … Continue reading

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Protecting Patient Health Information in Florida

Vanessa Reynolds and Stephen Siegel, members of the Firm’s Health Law Practice Group, are the editors of “PROTECTING PATIENT INFORMATION IN FLORIDA.” Ms. Reynolds and Mr. Siegel have prepared this publication in order to provide our clients, colleagues and other … Continue reading

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Register Now for the Broad and Cassel Health Forum

What: Fourth Annual Broad and Cassel Health Forum ($80 includes a light lunch and a cocktail reception following the presentations) When: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Friday, September 12 Where: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, … Continue reading

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ACOs, OHCAs and HIPAA

By: Vanessa Reynolds One of the underlying principles of Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) is shared health spending savings and risks, which requires the sharing of protected health information (PHI).   All parties to an ACO or other Organized Health Care Arrangement … Continue reading

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ACOs, HIPAA-HITECH and OHCAs

By: Stephen Siegel An ACO might be a HIPAA Covered Entity, a Business Associate, or both. Unlike the waivers to the Federal health care programs’ Kickback Prohibition and the so-called Stark Law for arrangements that further the MSSP’s “triple aim”, … Continue reading

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HIPAA: Unauthorized disclosures may lead to state law claims

By: Stephen Siegel A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (which includes Florida), underscores the importance of complying with HIPAA-HITECH for every covered entity and business associate. HIPAA provides protection from the unauthorized disclosure or … Continue reading

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