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Happy HIPAA Monday – Stolen Laptop + No Encryption = Provider Data Breach

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA reported a stolen employee laptop containing patient protected health information as well as social security numbers and other personal information of at least 500 patients. While the hospital has encryption policies, this laptop lacked encryption after a recent operating system upgrade. The hospital will mail letters this week to potentially…

EPA to Change Hazardous Pharmaceuticals Waste Management?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed changes that may impact the way pharmaceuticals, especially those containing hazardous waste ingredients, are handled through reverse distribution. Organizations generating pharmaceutical waste including pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, long-term care facilities and physicians groups may be impacted. The following excerpt comes from the EPA website. Healthcare facilities and other business…

DOJ Files Suit Against Missouri Doctor For Anti-kickback Statute

The Justice Department is committed to combat fraud and abuse in federal healthcare programs. The most recent complaint filed by the DOJ is against Midwest Neurosurgeons LLC and its owner, Dr. Sanjay Fonn, MD, along with DS Medical LLC and its owner, Deborah Seeger. The defendants allegedly violated the Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act…

Happy HIPAA update: OCR getting new Director

Based on reports that HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell appointed Joceyln Samuels to replace Leon Rodriguez, it appears Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has the new leadership it has been awaiting. With this new leadership at the helm, can HIPAA audits be far off? Probably not. Iliana Peters, OCR’s senior advisor for HIPAA compliance and…

Learning the Hard Way – Omnicare to Pay $124M False Claims Settlement

False Claims Act (FCA) allegations are serious business. Anti-Kickback Statute prohibits offering, paying, soliciting or receiving remuneration to induce referrals of items or services covered by Medicare, Medicaid and other federally funded programs. Omnicare learned the hard way just how serious FCA actions can be when a whistleblower made allegations against it. The Department of…

PHI + Home Computers = Possible Breach

Hershey Medical Center announced that it will notify 1,801 patients of a data breach. This privacy breach arose out of an employee’s action, which involved taking data home on a removable storage device to work on a personal computer at home after hours. The employee then used his personal email to send updated data to…


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