HIPAA Violation Costs Walgreen $1.44M in Fines

On Friday, Nov 14, Indiana’s Court of Appeals handed down a harsh judgement against Walgreens. The court upheld a fine of $1.4 million against Walgreens, a fine originally levied for HIPAA violations committed by a Walgreens employee. For the first time in U.S...

Is HIPAA Compliance Helping or Hurting the Ebola Scare?

In recent months, citizens around the globe have watched in horror as the Ebola virus crippled three West African countries and infected several healthcare workers who were treating patients with the disease. As a direct result, health screenings at several U.S....

OCR Clarifies How HIPAA Effects Same-Sex Couples

The HIPAA privacy rule has proven an important tool for building trust between the medical field and the broader public. Nevertheless, vexing questions do occasionally arise when it comes to HIPAA compliance. The uneven and staggered growth of same-sex marriage has...

Email Security & Texting: Top Five HIPAA Myths Debunked

Have you ever been aghast at the prospect of paying a minor parking ticket? That is nothing compared to the horror you might one day experience if you are found to be out of compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Although it...

HIPAA Compliance: Brace Yourself for the Future of HIPAA Fines

Ten million dollars is a big chunk of money in anyone’s books. It represents the amount that the Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has collected in fines since June of 2013 against healthcare providers found not to be in compliance with the Health...

Are You Prepared for a HIPAA Compliance Audit?

Were you one of the hundreds of entities that received a survey in preparation for a second round of HIPAA audits scheduled to happen later this year? The Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is expected to select approximately 400 entities to be...

Creating A HIPAA Compliance Awareness Guide

Experience has shown that the HIPAA compliance awareness guide is an extremely useful tool. Ensuring HIPAA compliance is of the utmost importance for all health care organizations. Outfits that proactively train staff members in HIPAA issues can safeguard against...

Keeping Up With HIPAA Compliance and Technology

Each year, the onward march of technology produces new devices of interest to the health care industry. Device development is so consistently rapid that this progression can create unexpected challenges for maintaining HIPAA compliance. Technologists and health care...