The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights entered into a resolution agreement with the University of California at Los Angeles Health System to settle violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.
When it comes to qualifying for HITECH Act electronic health record incentive payments, Fallon Clinic is a trailblazer. It's also leading the way in its EHR security initiatives designed to protect patient privacy.
Federal officials should offer detailed guidance on how to conduct a "risk of harm" assessment to comply with the HITECH Act Breach Notification Rule, says Harry Rhodes, director of practice leadership at the American Health Information Management Association.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will soon seek feedback on using certain existing standards for metadata for specific purposes, such as to indicate a patient's privacy preferences, within electronic health records. ONC will then consider the comments before deciding whether to require the use of...
The California Supreme Court has ruled that a key provision of a tough state medical privacy law is not preempted by federal regulations. The evolving case, which eventually could wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court or grow into a class action case at the state level, is worth watching.