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New HHS risk assessment tool designed to facilitate HIPAA/HITECH compliance

New HHS risk assessment tool designed to facilitate HIPAA/HITECH compliance

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recently released a new security risk assessment tool for the purpose of aiding covered entities and business associates in their never-ending duty of ensuring HIPAA/HITECH compliance with their operations.Under HIPAA/HITECH, covered entities and business associates must conduct regular risk assessments of ... Read More »

FDA issues “deeming regulations” covering additional tobacco products including electronic cigarettes and cigars

FDA issues “deeming regulations” covering additional tobacco products including electronic cigarettes and cigars

On April 24, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its long-awaited proposed regulations (Deeming Regulations) to bring electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, water pipe (hookah) tobacco, dissolvables and nicotine gels (Newly Covered Products) under the agency’s tobacco regulatory authority. The Deeming Regulations would subject Newly Covered Products to ... Read More »

Insurers nationwide continue to drop medical providers from medicare advantage plans

Insurers nationwide continue to drop medical providers from medicare advantage plans

Since last fall, tens of thousands of physicians, medical practices and pharmacies nationwide, and their patients, have received notifications from some of the country’s largest Medicare Advantage plan providers, including health insurance giants UnitedHealthcare (UHC) and Humana, that the physicians, and entire provider groups, will be terminated from the insurers’ ... Read More »

Expanded HIPAA Privacy Rules Impose Requirements on Non-Healthcare Businesses in Possession of Medical Records

Expanded HIPAA Privacy Rules Impose Requirements on Non-Healthcare Businesses in Possession of Medical Records

On September 23, 2013, tough new privacy regulations under the Omnibus Final Rule (Omnibus Rule) update to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) went into effect. Healthcare providers and others that fall under the category of healthcare Business Associates (BA) can expect increased levels of enforcement ... Read More »

Banks are Increasingly Becoming Targets of Americans with Disabilities Act ATM Class Action Lawsuits

Banks are Increasingly Becoming Targets of Americans with Disabilities Act ATM Class Action Lawsuits

Amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) require ATMs to include audio-based capabilities for all features on the machine. For example, if standard users are able to obtain transaction histories or account balances, then blind customers must be able to obtain the same information using the text-to-speech mode. ATMs ... Read More »

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