Privacy Legislation Season is Underway!

Just two weeks into the new year and at least three states already have proposed privacy legislation boasting CCPA and GDPR-like provisions. This flurry of early legislative activity is just a preview of what we are likely to see during state legislative sessions throughout the year.

A Year in Review: HIPAA Enforcement in 2019

It appears that the 2019 HIPAA enforcement year is over with a lot less fanfare (and cash) than last year. The total in settlements and penalties for 2019 is $12.2 million, which is substantially less than OCR’s highest ever total of $28.7 million just one year ago.

OCR is Making Good on Its Promise to Prioritize Right of Access Enforcement

Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a Right of Access Enforcement Initiative, which would focus on ensuring that patients were getting timely access to their records without being overcharged. Prior to this announcement, enforcement actions against providers for denying a patient the proper right of access were rare. Since announcing the initiative, OCR has swiftly pursued claims resulting in two settlements within months of each other.