A recap of the HIPAA news from last week; May 11-17, 2015
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This Week's Top HIPAA Stories

No Insurance Cover for Cottage Health HIPAA Breach?

Columbia Casualty vs. Cottage Health System: Who will have to pay the $4.1M civil class-action settlement for the BA HIPAA breach?

Pittsburgh Medical Center Patients Warned of BA HIPAA Breach

2,200 patients of UPMC are being notified of a breach caused by a rogue employee of a BA who disclosed patient records to a third party. Social Security numbers and PII were compromised.  

UT Southwestern Medical Center Announces Data Disclosure

UT Southwestern Medical Center announces a computer glitch that resulted in 1,032 individuals’ immunization records being uploaded to a state database, violating HIPAA and Texan laws.

Metro Health System HIPAA Breach: Malware Claims 981 Victims

Malware claims another 981 victims as Metro Health discover an 8-month HIPAA breach, some complicated malware and a hidden backdoor into their computers.

2014 HIPAA Privacy and Security Breach Report

Data breaches rose by 138% in 2014, and the healthcare industry accounted for 42% of those breaches. The healthcare industry is certainly under attack, but how bad was last year for the industry and patients?

Brown County Supervisors Meet to Discuss Potential HIPAA Privacy Violation

Did the Brown County, Wis. Chief Medical Examiner violate HIPAA laws by discussing the condition of a body with a former CME or is it a witch hunt? Supervisors meet to discuss the issue.

Cost of Data Breaches to Hit $2.1 Trillion by 2019

A new report from Juniper Research suggests that by 2019 the cost of data breaches will hit a staggering $2.1 trillion. Fewer data breaches expected, but successful cyber security attacks are expected to increase.

Illinois AG Files Improper Dumping Lawsuit against HIPAA Business Associate

There will be financial consequences for violators of HIPAA laws in Illinois. AG Lisa Madigan gets tough on offenders and files a lawsuit against BA, Filefax Inc. for dumping at least 1,500 medical records.

NLRB Judge Rules HIPAA Violation not Grounds for Employment Termination

Termination of an employee’s contract after a clear HIPAA violation is not always justified according to a National Labor Reform Board judge.
Rocky Mountain Eye Center must offer to reinstate employee.

Indiana State Medical Association HIPAA Breach Update

Further details emerge of the Indiana State Medical Association data breach that exposed 39,090 patient records: Inaccurate breach reporting and employee negligence uncovered.  

21st Century Cures Bill Could Weaken HIPAA Protections

Medical research is being stifled by unnecessary HIPAA restrictions! Could the 21st Century Cures Bill give researchers the freedom they need, or are patient privacy rights being eroded?

HIPAA Compliance Guide Released


In case you missed it – or have just signed up for our newsletter – last weekend saw the release of our free HIPAA Compliance Guide – a handy reference with best practice advice on HIPAA-compliance.
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