May 15th, 2019
Keen on giving Americans in federally-funded programs more control over their healthcare, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been working closely with past and present administrations to establish regulations governing electronic health information (EHI). On March 4, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published a proposed ...
May 13th, 2019
Don’t look any farther than clinic’s walls to find most of the sources of data breaches, says Verizon, which recently released their 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report.  What they found adds to Compliance Officers‘ headaches. Not in Our Stars But in Ourselves The report, which reflects research results of 41,686 security incidents and 2,013 data ...
In CMS
Nov 1st, 2018
Anthem paid a $16 million settlement resulting from a series of attacks in both 2014 and 2015 that had the potential to expose personal health information (PHI) of 79 million people.  Although they paid the $16 million settlement, Anthem does not admit to any wrong doing.  This represented the largest PHI breach in US history ...
In CMS
Jun 21st, 2018
As Medicare patients start to present their brand-new Medicare identification cards, you might see something and wonder what you’re supposed to do with it – a QR code. Don’t let it confuse your staff. Some Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) are putting them on members’ new cards, which replace older cards. The new cards replace the ...
May 31st, 2018
Aetna, bruised by a PHI breach where letters detailing a lawsuit settlement were sent to HIV-positive members revealing their status, is now suing the plaintiffs in the original 2014 class action lawsuit  for $20 million, blaming a consumer advocacy group and law firm for their woes. Aetna demands $20 million and indemnification from any actions related to the breach. ...