HIPAA Blog Posts: HIPAA Business Associates

Health Net Settles with Connecticut AG: Up to $750,000

Connecticut has settled a lawsuit with an insurance company involving a massive security breach that compromised financial and medical records for half-a-million state residents.  Health Net still has to deal with OCR to determine further fines and penalties.

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Failing to Train Business Associates on HIPAA Can be Described as Willful Neglect, Amy Leopard , Walter & Haverfield LLP

"Willful neglect generally can be described as knowing HIPAA rules but not properly training employees -- and now, business associates -- in them."  Amy Leopard, a partner at the Cleveland law firm Walter & Haverfield LLPibed

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Siemens to FedEx to Lincoln: Oops 130,495 Patient Records Breached by Two Business Associates.

Siemens to FedEx to Lincoln will never replace Tinkers to Evers to Chance, the famous baseball double play trio, since they dropped the ball, in fact 130,495 balls.  Once again we have business associates causing a big breach.

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Data Breach in October 2009 Caused by Third Party Vendor States Anthem Blue Cross on June 25, 2010

"Anthem officials said its corporate website had been revamped in October by a third-party vendor that, according to the health insurer, failed to secure sections of the site to ensure visitors couldn't access members' medical records and Social Security numbers." from a blog by Larry Barrett to eplanetsecurity, June 25, 2010

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Business Associate (BA) Causes HIPAA HITECH Breach of Over 200,000 at Anthem Blue Cross

As we have been saying for months your business associates (BA) represent the highest risk to your PHI and just having a BA agreement in place isn't going to protect you in the event of a breach.

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HIPAA HITECH Breach Prevention on Hold, Breach Notification in Force, Does this Make Sense?

In the same announcement that stated that enforcement of HIPAA HITECH and particularly sections relating to business associate liablity were delayed, it was announced that breach notification was being enforced.  Isn't this the cart before the horse?

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HIPAA-related HITECH regulations on July 8, "Lucy" and the football redux.

Lucy is telling all of us Charlie Browns that the HITECH regulations will be delivered by July 8th, hah! 

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Data Breach of 200,000 by Anthem Blue Cross

Another entrant on OCR's  Wall of Shame as Anthem Blue Cross of Orange County California breaches 200,000 records.

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Overlooked “Business Associates” Under the HITECH Act

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HIPAA HITECH Regulations on June 26th, Rumor Says

HIPAA HITECH regulations to be released on June 26th. Another trial ballon or is this the real thing this time? 

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