Tag: PHI

COVID Vaccines: When is Employee’s Vaccination Status HIPAA-protected?

Whether an employee’s COVID-19 vaccination status is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has been (or should be) on the minds of all HR personnel as of late. That’s especially true as we await the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) impending rule that will likely require employers with 100 or more employees […]

HHS extends public comment period for HIPAA Privacy Rule modifications

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced on March 9 a 45-day extension for the public comment period for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to modify the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The NPRM was first published in the Federal Register on January 21. At the time, individuals had 60 days to submit their comments. The […]

8 steps to protect patient data sent to and from business associates

Agencies must comply with HIPAA when passing patient protected health information (PHI) back and forth. follow these eight tips to protect your patients and agency from breaches: Assess how you and your business associates transmit PHI to each other as part of your regular HIPAA risk analysis. If you uncover any vulnerabili­ties, resolve them. Ensure […]

HHS reports hackers are the cause of increasing healthcare data breaches

Data from HHS’ Office of Civil Rights shows that compared to 2016, resolved data breaches as a result of hacking have decreased by 90%, with only five hacking or IT incidents being resolved in 2017 compared to 50 that were resolved in 2016. Data also reveals that more breaches are being reported, which is correlated […]