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  • HIPAA settlement demonstrates importance of implementing safeguards for ePHI
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has announced a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) settlement based on the impermissible disclosure of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI).  MAPFRE Life Insurance Company of Puerto Rico (MAPFRE) has agreed to settle...
  • Final rule enhances protections for research participants, modernizes oversight system
    Significant changes made in response to public commentsThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and 15 other federal agencies today issued a final rule to update regulations that safeguard individuals who participate in research. Most provisions in the new rule will go into effect in 2018. The new rule strengthens...
  • ONC announces winners of consumer and provider app challenges to improve health information access and use
    Apps highlight the use of promising new tools and standardsToday, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced the Phase 2 winners for the Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge and the Provider User Experience Challenge.  ONC designed these challenges to...
  • First HIPAA enforcement action for lack of timely breach notification settles for $475,000
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has announced the first Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) settlement based on the untimely reporting of a breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI).  Presence Health has agreed to settle potential violations of the HIPAA...
  • New Analysis: Uninsured rate for Americans with pre-existing conditions dropped sharply when major Affordable Care Act reforms were first implemented
    Without ACA protections, more than half of non-elderly Americans could face discrimination in health careSince the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law, millions of Americans no longer face coverage denials, higher costs, or coverage carve outs because of their medical histories. A new analysis from the U.S. Department of Health...

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