Tag Archives: Privacy

NLRB: Changing Winds Blow in Favor of Health Care Employers

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The Trump administration’s mark is certainly evident at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and health care employers are breathing a sigh of relief. The NLRB is a five member Board that decides cases governing most aspects of private sector labor relations in the health care industry.  The manner in which Board members’ terms are … Continue reading this entry

Ten Things To Know About Maryland’s Proposed Telehealth Rules

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The Maryland Board of Physicians evaluated, then tabled for further consideration, a set of new telehealth rules designed to expand the opportunities for hospitals and providers to deliver virtual care services in Baltimore and throughout the State.  The Board held a public hearing on January 24, 2018 to review proposed telehealth rules originally issued late … Continue reading this entry

Hospital Text Messaging Rules Placed on Hold by Joint Commission

The Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals and other health care organizations, hit pause on its prior May 2016 announcement to allow secure text messaging in hospitals and other health care organizations. The use of text messaging in Joint Commission accredited organizations is delayed until September 2016. In the interim, The Joint Commission will collaborate with … Continue reading this entry

Report Warns Providers of HIPAA Violations When Responding to Negative Online Reviews

ProPublica, a public interest investigative newsroom, recently identified more than 3,500 one-star medical reviews on Yelp in which patients complained about privacy issues. ProPublica determined that “in dozens of instances, responses to complaints about medical care turned into disputes over patient privacy.” For example, ProPublica noted consumers giving providers negative reviews on Yelp and providers … Continue reading this entry

Are You Effectively Training Employees in The Battle Against Ransomware?

No health care organization or provider is safe from ransomware threats, and a slew of recent noteworthy attacks have driven the point home. The results of an attack can be devastating to the organization, and hundreds of millions of dollars in damages have already been reported. Health care providers, particularly senior executives, officers, and directors, … Continue reading this entry

Phishing and Spear Phishing: Modern Methods Applied to Age-Old Social Engineering

It may surprise many who have observed the recent media attention of data breaches to learn that in the world of Cybersecurity, sometimes it’s the oldest attacks that find new life when they are applied in new ways. Phishing attacks, a form of social engineering where hackers try to trick their victims into revealing confidential information … Continue reading this entry

CMS Releases Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the Stage 3 proposed rule to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs (“Proposed Rule”) on March 20, 2015. To provide context, eligible professionals (“EPs”) and hospitals must attest to demonstrating meaningful use of certified electronic health record (“EHR”) technology to qualify for incentive payments … Continue reading this entry

What Does President Obama's $215 Million "Precision Medicine Initiative" Mean for Genetic Privacy?

We have all heard about the burgeoning opportunities tied to the development of precision medicine (also called “personalized medicine”), which includes the use of an individual’s genetic information to design targeted treatments. In fact, these opportunities are now receiving increased visibility due to President Obama’s recent push for a “Precision Medicine Initiative.” Privacy issues are of critical … Continue reading this entry

Privacy Issues in the Sharing of Genetic Information

Low cost sequencing of a patient’s genome and advances in the interpretation of a patient’s genetic information is promised to transform the delivery of health care. To date, much of personalized medicine has focused on the use of genetics and data analytics to match a patient to the best treatment, especially in the area of … Continue reading this entry