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HIPAA breach leads to first-ever ‘neglect’ settlement for a healthcare provider

A recent, first-of-its-kind HIPAA settlement demonstrates that long-term care and other providers need to be vigilant about updating software and other basic security tasks, officials say. Anchorage Community Mental Health Services in Alaska has agreed to a $150,000 settlement related to a data breach that the five-facility organization self-reported to the Department of Health and […]

AMIA’s Recent HIPAA Compliance Question: A Legal Perspective

Last week an American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) letter to state Representative Fred Upton was released. AMIA called for HIPAA compliance to be updated to allow for exemptions in terms of access to patient’s PHI, specifically for “observational or data research.” Overall, many of the topics discussed in the letter are unlikely to cause too many […]