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BEWARE OF THE MAN-IN-THE-MIDDLE: Malicious Eavesdroppers on the Internet

Posted in Compliance Issues, Cybersecurity, Privacy, Security, Technology
Imagine this: Dr. Primary is treating Patty Patient for substance abuse and emails Patty Patient’s protected health information (PHI) to a treatment clinic. Before the email arrives at the clinic, it is intercepted by a third party, Evan Eavesdropper, who publishes the PHI on the internet.  Evan Eavesdropper also decides to alter the PHI in… Continue Reading

SOS Answered: New Guidance on HIPAA for App Developers

Posted in Business Associates, Compliance Issues, Covered Entities, HIPAA, Technology, Trends
Amidst criticism that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) lags behind technological innovation, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) released new guidance to aid app developers in determining how HIPAA may apply to the products they are building and developing. OCR explained that the guidance is intended to “reduce some of the uncertainty… Continue Reading

Dialing in on Health Care Delivery Through Telemedicine

Posted in Guest Contributor, Technology, Telemedicine
With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, millions of newly insured patients have entered the health care market, bringing attention to the need for expanded access to services. Meanwhile, rapid advancements in the use of high-speed data transmission have paved the way toward using Internet technology to alleviate this problem, while addressing numerous inefficiencies… Continue Reading

Looking Ahead to 2016 and Beyond: Could the Precision Medical Initiative Revolutionize the Way Patients Receive Medical Treatment?

Posted in HIPAA, Technology, Trends
The Precision Medicine Initiative (“PMI”) was officially unveiled in President Obama’s January 2015 State of the Union address. Precision medicine is an emerging approach for disease prevention and treatment that considers an individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle. The hope is that PMI will usher in a new era of medicine in which researchers, providers, and… Continue Reading

Are Wearable Devices a Privacy Nightmare?

Posted in Privacy, Security, Technology
Wearable devices, such as fitness trackers and smart watches, have taken the United States technology industry by storm. In the past three years, there has been a 500% increase in the number of fitness bands and activity trackers sold. The research firm Market and Market predicts that the industry will continue to grow at unprecedented… Continue Reading

Medical Devices a Target for Online Hackers

Posted in Cybersecurity, Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices, Privacy, Security, Technology
In the past few years, medical devices have become a major target for online criminals. Not only are medical devices considered to be one of the easiest and most vulnerable points of entry into a health care enterprise, they are one of the most difficult areas to remediate even when an attack has been identified.… Continue Reading

Millions Affected by Hackers’ Attack on Health Insurer Anthem, Inc.

Posted in Compliance Issues, Health Insurance, Privacy, Technology
“Anthem was the target of a very sophisticated external cyber attack,” announced Joseph Swedish, Anthem’s President and CEO. Anthem, Inc., formerly known as WellPoint, Inc., is one of the largest health insurance companies in the United States. The exact number of affected individuals is still unknown, but initial estimates indicate that tens of millions of… Continue Reading

IS YOUR MOBILE HEALTH APP HIPAA COMPLIANT?

Posted in HIPAA, Privacy, Technology
Mobile health apps (also known as mHealth apps) are increasingly popular with consumers. As of 2014, there were more than 100,000 mobile health apps available on iOS and Android platforms, and total revenue from mobile health apps is expected to increase to $26 billion by the end of 2017, according to a research2guidance report. Mobile… Continue Reading

News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of December 14, 2014

Posted in HIPAA, Marketplace/Exchanges, News from the Health Law Gurus, Technology
Patient Medical Records Stolen from New Jersey Storage Facility – Tribeca Medical Center is notifying patients that their protected health information may be compromised. According to a privacy notice posted on Tribeca Medical Center’s website, patient records were stolen from a locked storage facility in Jersey City, New Jersey on October 21, 2014. Unidentified individuals… Continue Reading

HITECH Act Assures Meaningful Use & Care Coordination…For Some

Posted in Behavioral Health, EHR, HITECH, Technology, Trends
The passage of the ARRA HITECH Act in 2009 fostered significant advancements in patient engagement and care coordination by incentivizing primarily physical health providers and acute care hospitals to make smarter use of technology. Specifically, the Act provided funding for eligible providers and hospitals to adopt electronic health records (EHR) and then “meaningfully use” those… Continue Reading

News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of August 31, 2014

Posted in Fraud and Abuse, News from the Health Law Gurus, Privacy, Technology, Trends
News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every week for the latest health law news stories. HealthCare.gov Has Been Hacked, but Your Personal Information Is Safe – HealthCare.gov was hacked in July of this year.… Continue Reading

News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of August 3, 2014

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), Compliance Issues, Fraud and Abuse, News from the Health Law Gurus, Technology, Trends
News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every week for the latest health law news stories. ICD-10 Compliance Deadline Is Now October 1, 2015 – Health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses (“Health… Continue Reading

ICD-10 Compliance Deadline Is Now October 1, 2015

Posted in Compliance Issues, Regulations, Technology
Health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses (“Health Care Entities”) are required to comply with ICD-10 (which stands for the International Classification for Diseases, 10th Edition) on October 1, 2015, according to a new final rule (“Final Rule”) released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”). This means that Health… Continue Reading

News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of June 15th, 2014

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), Health Insurance, Technology, Trends
News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every Friday for the latest health law news stories. AMA Releases Policy on Telemedicine—Last week, the American Medical Association (“AMA”) released a policy on the provision of telemedicine… Continue Reading

News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of June 8th, 2014

Posted in Anti-Kickback Statute, Compliance Issues, False Claims Act, News from the Health Law Gurus, Technology
News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every Friday for the latest health law news stories. Burwell Confirmed as HHS Secretary—Last week, the Senate approved of the Obama Administration’s nominee for Secretary of Department of… Continue Reading

News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of April 27th, 2014

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), False Claims Act, Fraud and Abuse, News from the Health Law Gurus, Technology, Trends
News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every Friday for the latest health law news stories. FSMB Provides Guidance for State Medical Boards on Use of Telemedicine Technology—The Federation of State Medical Boards (“FSMB”) released… Continue Reading

Can You See Me Now? Telemedicine Doctors Monitor Patients Remotely

Posted in Technology, Trends
You have a fever. Your stomach hurts. You have a cough and a runny nose. And to top it all off, your primary care doctor’s office is closed. What are you supposed to do? The answer is simple – telemedicine. But, what is telemedicine?  The American Telemedicine Association (the “ATA”) defines telemedicine as “the use… Continue Reading

To Encrypt or Not to Encrypt—A $2 Million Question with a Simple Answer, HHS Says

Posted in Compliance Issues, HIPAA, Privacy, Technology
The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) just announced a pair of settlements arising out of the theft of two laptops containing protected health information (“PHI”).  Two entities, Concentra Health Services (“Concentra”) and QCA Health Plan, Inc. of Arkansas (“QCA”), have agreed to pay the HHS Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) nearly $2 million… Continue Reading

ICD-10 Compliance Deadline is October 1, 2014—Philadelphia Office of CMS to Offer Webinars to Ease Transition

Posted in Compliance Issues, HIPAA, Technology, Trends
ICD-9 diagnosis and inpatient procedure codes will make way for ICD-10 codes starting October 1, 2014. Health care entities and providers need to be ready to make the switch if they want to receive reimbursement for claims. According the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”), ICD-10 (which stands for the International Classification for Diseases… Continue Reading

Health Care Technology Trends for 2014: An Interview with Joseph Coyne, President of Information Technology Services and CIO at Continuum Health Alliance, LLC

Posted in Technology, Trends
What’s the best way to provide quality patient care and reduce readmissions while lowering costs? Joseph Coyne, the President of Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at Continuum Health Alliance, LLC (“Continuum”), believes the answer is tapping into and interpreting data about patients and physicians through the use of emerging health care technologies. These technologies,… Continue Reading

Health Care Entity Pays $150,000 to HHS as a Result of Stolen Thumb Drive Containing PHI

Posted in HIPAA, Privacy, Technology
Encrypting USB drives, analyzing security risks, and implementing breach notification policies and procedures could mean the difference between compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) and significant HIPAA penalties.  Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, P.C. (“APDerm”), a Massachusetts dermatology practice, learned this lesson the hard way. APDerm reported that an unencrypted thumb drive… Continue Reading