Category Archives: Health Privacy

OCR’s Focus on Dentists Continue: Dentist Pays for Responding to On-Line Reviews

No one likes receiving negative reviews on Yelp.  But healthcare providers need to exercise better restraint than a dentist who will pay $23,000 to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to settle claims that his responsive posts violated HIPAA. OCR received a complaint that New Vision Dental (NVD) continuously […]

Connie: CT’s Health Information Exchange and Providers’ Obligations to Participate

(Revised 1/6/2023; 1/23/2023 – The CT HIE, known as Connie, is new and many aspects of its operations are still in flux.  Further, the information I provide is only as good as the information I receive.  As I gather new information that contradicts or clarifies old information, I will update this article.) Connecticut is the […]

Three Important Take-Aways from the Proposed Changes to 42 CFR Part 2

On November 28, 2022, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued proposed changes to regulations implementing amendments Congress made in 2020 to the confidentiality of substance use disorder (SUD) records law.  These long-awaited (and overdue) proposals paint an important picture of things to come, especially with respect to enforcement. Below are three key […]

Connecticut’s New Law Protecting Reproductive Information and How it Works with HIPAA

Effective July 1, 2022, Connecticut’s Reproductive Freedom Act (PA 22-19) expands access to abortion, enhances protections for reproductive healthcare records and provides protections to abortion providers and patients receiving abortion care in the state. Connecticut was the first state to pass such legislation after news of the Dobbs decision leaked.  Massachusetts and California followed suit.  This […]

Dentists Continue to be a HIPAA Enforcement Target and Right of Access Remains the Focus

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced three more HIPAA Right of Access enforcement resolutions – all against dentists.  And the story is largely the same:  patients requested records and did not timely or properly receive those records.  In one instance, the dental practice significantly overcharged for records. […]

Tossing PHI in The Trash Can be an Expensive Mistake

Last week, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reminded us of the importance of the basics when it comes to protecting patient information.  On August 23rd, it announced a HIPAA enforcement action involving tangible protected health information (PHI) that a practice tossed out with the rest of the trash. For over a decade, PHI in […]

Providers of Care and Defenders of Privacy: Strategies to Protect Patient Privacy After the Reversal of Roe v. Wade

Healthcare providers carry a heavy load and it just got heavier.  In the wake of the reversal of Roe v. Wade and the prohibition and criminalization of abortion in some states, healthcare providers are now burdened with being more vigilant than ever in defending patients’ privacy rights. This is true in all states, even where […]

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