Karen DeSalvo, M.D., health commissioner of New Orleans, will be the next national coordinator for health IT. What privacy and security issues will she face as leader of the office that crafts guidelines for the HITECH Act's EHR incentive program?
Cottage Health System in California says patient information was apparently exposed on Google for 14 months because of a lapse in a business associate's protections for one of its servers. Experts discuss the implications for the BA.
Healthcare organizations subject to an HHS fraud or breach investigation need to ensure they're prepared and can respond in a timely manner when investigators visit on-site, says former federal investigator Stephen Morreale.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights, which enforces HIPAA, has some compliance issues of its own to address, according to a new inspector general report. But OCR officials say they've been addressing those matters.
Joy Pritts, chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, offers insights on the best ways to prevent data breaches involving lost or stolen devices or records snooping.
A federal advisory panel will recommend that the Department of Health and Human Services take an incremental approach to implementing a revised HIPAA accounting of disclosures rule. Find out about tentative plans for fine-tuning the rule.
HIPAA compliance training can play a critical role in preventing data breaches. Learn why a medical billing company switched to a cloud-based approach to improve training accountability, efficiency and documentation.
Covered entities are finding it difficult to comply with a HIPAA Omnibus requirement to accommodate patients who pay cash and don't want their treatment information disclosed to insurers, says Jeff Cobb, CISO at Capella Healthcare.