Tag Archives: HIPAA Privacy and Security Audit Program

FTC and Accretive Health Settle Unfair Business Practice Complaint Centered on Data Security Measures

Accretive Health recently agreed to settle a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint that stems from a July, 2011 incident in which an Accretive employee’s laptop was stolen from his car. As a medical billing and revenue management services provider, Accretive grants its employees access to “sensitive personal health information” including “patient names, dates of birth, … Continue Reading

HHS Proposed Rule Affects HIPAA Privacy Rule and Background Check Reporting

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a proposed rule that would modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule by allowing health care providers to make certain disclosures to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).  The NICS aims to keep guns from being sold to those … Continue Reading

HIPAA Privacy and Security Audit Program

This is simply a reminder that the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) pilot audit program to access the privacy and security compliance of covered entities will commence November 2011 and conclude by December 2012. The attached link provides details about the program.  http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/enforcement/audit/index.html         … Continue Reading