Ransomware Resources for HIPAA Regulated Entities

Ransomware attacks on health care organizations are a growing threat, so the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) shared with us the following information to ensure that HIPAA regulated entities are aware of the resources available to assist in preventing, detecting, and mitigating breaches of unsecured protected health information caused by hacking and ransomware. HHS…

OCR Issues Guidance on HIPAA, COVID-19 Vaccinations, and the Workplace

On Thursday, September 30, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance to help the public understand when the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule applies to disclosures and requests for information about whether a person has received a COVID-19 vaccine. The…

Webinar on Enhancements to HHS Security Risk Assessment Tool

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are hosting a new webinar for users of the Security Risk Assessment Tool. Learn about the SRA Tool and how it can be used at your organization, hear…

Cyber Alert: Updates on Ransomware and Critical VMware Vulnerability

The Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology has released a memo titled “What We Urge You To Do To Protect Against The Threat of Ransomware.”  This memo addresses the growing number and size of ransomware incidents and calls upon government and private sector to take steps…

Security Alert: Postcard Disguised as Official OCR Communication

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has been made aware of postcards being sent to health care organizations informing the recipients that they are required to participate in a “Required Security Risk Assessment” and they are directed to send their risk assessment to www.hsaudit.org.  The link…

NAHC Submits Comments On Proposed HIPAA Privacy Rule

On January 21, 2021, the Office of Civil Rights under the Department of Health and Human Services issued a propose rule: Proposed Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule To Support, and Remove Barriers to Coordinated Care and Individual Engagement Office HHS proposes to make a number of changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule to strengthen…

New Legal Guidance and Resources to Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for Elderly & Disabled

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the Administration for Community Living (ACL), and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have published several new resources to help states, vaccination providers, and others leading COVID-19 response activities improve access to vaccines for…

Cyber Alert: Mitigating Microsoft Exchange Server Vulnerabilities

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is sharing the following Updated Alert on Mitigating Microsoft Exchange Vulnerabilities to assist HIPAA-covered entities and their business associates in addressing serious threats to Microsoft Exchange servers.  Organizations are encouraged to review the information below and take appropriate action. The…

OCR Issues Audit Report on Health Care Industry Compliance with the HIPAA Rules

Late last month, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its 2016-2017 HIPAA Audits Industry Report that reviewed selected health care entities and business associates for compliance with certain provisions of the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. The Health Information Technology for Economic…

OCR Issues Guidance on HIPAA, Health Information Exchanges, and Disclosures of Protected Health Information for Public Health Purposes

On Friday, December 18, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance on how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) permits covered entities and their business associates to use health information exchanges (HIEs) to disclose protected health information (PHI) for the…