HIPAA Penalty Changes

On January 5, 2021, H.R. 7898 was signed into law by President Trump. This new law modifies the HITECH Act such that when an organization experiences a breach, fines and/or penalties may be reduced if (for at least a year) they have instituted “recognized security practices” as defined within the law.

Q/A: Someone Broke into My Office. What do I do Now?

My office was broken into last night. I use electronic health records, but we do store some protected health information for my patients in paper files. These files are not secured, so the burglars did have access to them. It did not appear that the files were touched as the burglars were looking for cash. What responsibilities to I have to my patients in a situation like this? Do I need to contact them and advise them that their PHI could have been compromised?

Appointments, Reminders, Text Messaging, and HIPAA

As more and more people are using mobile and wireless devices, a new term – mHealth – has emerged. According to a National Institute of Health consensus group, mHealth is “the use of mobile and wireless devices to improve health outcomes, healthcare services and health research.” Historically, the biggest gaps and HIPAA violations have been linked to …