Healthcare Breach

Medical industry compliance issues and regulatory trends

Data security law in 2011: States remain the center of atte...

Healthcare Breach

Feb 17 2011 by
Our guest blogger this week is Chris Wolf, practice director at Hogan Lovells and co-chair of the Future of Privacy Forum. Join us on Thursday, February 24th for a live webinar with panelists, Chris Wolf and Reed Freeman discussing  State Legislation Past & Present: The Effects on Data Breach Notification and Resolution. While the talk of 2011 may be the possibility of Congressional action on a privacy bill and/or...

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Stopping healthcare fraud with tools used in other industrie...

Healthcare Breach

Feb 01 2011 by
A few weeks ago I discussed a few preventative measures a healthcare business can implement to protect itself from the damages of medical fraud.  However, the fight against medical fraud requires support from many groups, including the U.S. Government.  Bringing new tools to the fight, the Obama Administration recently announced aggressive new measures it is taking to reduce medical fraud. The Administration will be...

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What a healthcare business can do to prevent medical fraud...

Healthcare Breach

Dec 15 2010 by
Medical fraud is occurring at an alarming rate and is expected to cost the US healthcare system $100 billion a year.  Medical fraudsters vary in their sophistication and range from organized crime organizations to individuals preying on senior citizens.  For example, one crime syndicate stole the identities of doctors and thousands of patients to make false claims at bogus health clinics across 20 States worth $100...

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Ensuring compliance with new healthcare legislation...

Healthcare Breach

Nov 23 2010 by
Legislation has been introduced in Congress to crack down on Medicare and Medicaid fraud. This legislation comes at a time when incidents of medical fraud are on the rise and the Obama Administration is poised to role out sweeping healthcare reform.  Medical fraud is estimated to cost the U.S. health care system $100 billion a year. The new rules will give federal health officials key powers to detect fraud early and...

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Help your customers protect their PHI...

Healthcare Breach

Sep 21 2010 by
Recently I addressed the importance of having plans in place to protect personal health information in light of the sharp increase in healthcare data breaches.  Unfortunately, research studies are finding that incidents of fraud resulting from exposed healthcare data are on the rise. A recent Javelin Strategy and Research study noted that fraud resulting from exposed health data has more than doubled over the past...

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Do your business associates know how they will be affected b...

Healthcare Breach

Sep 07 2010 by
Just as the healthcare industry came up to speed on the regulations defined in The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health ("HITECH") Act, additional modifications are being proposed. These proposed rules focus on expanding obligations and penalties for covered entities (CEs) to now include business associates (BAs). So why is this significant?...

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Warning: Medical data breaches are on the rise...

Healthcare Breach

Sep 07 2010 by
According to a recent study by the Identity Theft Resource Center, data breaches in the healthcare sector are occurring at a higher rate than in other industries.  The study found that of the 385 data breaches that occurred in the U.S. in the first half of 2010, 30% of those affected were healthcare providers.  In comparison, data breaches reported in banking and other financial institutions for the same time period...

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