Breach Reporting Update

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Privacy and Security is extremely important to Health Insurance Exchanges. CMS has submitted a request for a review of the reporting system due to "because public harm is reasonably likely to result if the normal clearance procedures are followed,” The request for review has been published in the federal register. The bottom line, if the request is approved then Health Insurance Exchanges will be required to report breaches or even suspected breaches within 24 hours. This is due to the large amount of patient data that will be stored in these exchanges.

Comprehensive Error Rate Testing A/B Task Force Introduction

Register to attend he first national CERT A/B Contractor Task Force Open Door Teleconference on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at 2:00- 3:00 p.m. eastern time (ET)
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Part A/B Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) share a common goal to reduce the Medicare national payment error rate as measured by the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing
(CERT) program.

OHSU notifies patients of ‘cloud’ health information storage

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07/28/13 Portland, Ore.

Oregon Health & Science University is notifying 3,044 patients that their OHSU health information was stored on an Internet-based email and/or document storage service, also known as a “cloud” computing system.

Although the Internet-based service provider (Google Drive, Google Mail) is password-protected and has security measures and policies in place to protect information, it is not an OHSU business associate with a contractual agreement to use or store OHSU patient health information.

Walgreens ordered to pay a woman $1.44 million for a single HIPAA violation

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This is where it starts to get into real numbers. This is not the HIPAA fine - but rather what a jury awarded a woman when a Covered Entity disclosed a single HIPAA-covered record. This is in addition to any fine that they might get.

Here is the full story:
http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/jury_says_walgreens_must_pay_1.44...

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