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Jun 28, 2019

New HHS Fact Sheet on Direct Liability of Business Associates

With the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, business associates became directly liable for certain privacy and security requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).  Business associates are those individuals or entities (other than employees) who perform functions or activities on behalf of, or provide certain services to, covered entities which require access to protected health information (PHI).» Read More

Oct 25, 2018

Consequences for HIPAA Violations Don’t Stop When a Business Closes

In a recent case, Filefax, a medical record storage, maintenance, and delivery company, paid the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) $100,000 to settle claims of HIPAA violations even after the company went out of business. » Read More

Jul 20, 2018

New OCR Guidance Regarding Patient Authorizations for Research Purposes

Generally, when using or disclosing an individual’s Protected Health Information (“PHI”), HIPAA regulations require the covered entity to obtain an authorization from an individual, including for research purposes[1].  The Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”), the entity that enforces HIPAA compliance, recently issued guidance for situations when an entity obtains an authorization from an individual for use and disclosure of PHI for research[2], focusing on the following topics:

  • Sufficient Description – HIPAA regulations require that the authorization, in plain language, provide “a description of each purpose of the requested use or disclosure.
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