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OCR Will Increase Focus on Smaller Breaches

Entities with smaller breaches hoping to fly under the radar may be out of luck. On August 18, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced its intention to more widely investigate breaches affecting less than 500 individuals. Specifically, OCR will instruct its Regional Offices to increase efforts to identify and obtain corrective action from entities … Continue Reading

New Guidance Released by OCR on Ransomware

In light of the increasing number of high-profile ransomware attacks that have recently occurred and the threat these attacks pose to the health care industry in particular, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) released guidance on July 11, 2016 regarding ransomware and HIPAA. This guidance outlines activities required by HIPAA that will assist entities in … Continue Reading

OCR Provides Educational Tools about Individuals’ Rights to their Health Information Under HIPAA

Covered entities and business associates should expect an increased number of individuals asking about their rights to access their health information given several consumer-friendly tools recently released by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). After … Continue Reading

Managing Business Associate Security Incidents: OCR Cyber-Awareness Update

The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) sent out an email on May 3, 2016 providing the OCR Cyber-Awareness April Monthly Update. This update addresses the fact that, according to OCR, covered entities often believe business associates will not notify them of a breach or cyber attack, and that it … Continue Reading

OCR Launches Phase Two of HIPAA Audits

On Monday, March 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) formally announced the launch of the long-awaited and much anticipated Phase Two HIPAA compliance audits. Phase One of these audits was conducted as a pilot program in 2011 and 2012 on 115 covered entities. The Phase Two … Continue Reading

HIPAA Settlement Reinforces the Need to Conduct a Risk Analysis

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has once again penalized a covered entity for failing to comply with the requirements of the HIPAA Security Rule. On December 14, 2015, the OCR announced that the University of Washington, on behalf of the university’s affiliated covered entity UW Medicine, agreed to a settlement in the amount of … Continue Reading
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