10 Things Your BAA MUST Cover and Why

You already know that you need to have a signed BAA with anyone that handles your Protected Health Information (PHI), but can you explain the key reasons why? Here are 10 need-to-know items before you sign yours.

American Bar Association Webinar: HIPAA Applies to Lawyers?

The full title of the webinar is actually much catchier: You Mean HIPAA Applies to Lawyers? Keeping Data Safe, Clients Happy and Your License Secure. Hosted by the American Bar Association, this webinar discusses how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health […]

How can I be HIPAA compliant?

An overview Before we delve into this topic, a note: this article is not an exhaustive list of all that is required for HIPAA compliance.  You may decide to contact an attorney or Privacy Officer to help you examine each rule thoroughly and put an action plan in place.  Our intention is to get you […]

Snowden Leaks Disclose NSA-Skype Cooperation

In a story that has been developing over the past several weeks, The Guardian disclosed last week that Microsoft has been providing the National Security Agency with access to recorded data collected on Skype, which was purchased by Microsoft for $8.5 billion in 2011. The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of cooperation […]

Can You Afford a HIPAA Violation?

In June of 2012, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services agreed to pay $1.7 million to the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule arising out of the loss of a portable USB thumb […]

So You Think Skype is HIPAA-Compliant?

By Stephen C. Taylor, General Counsel www.securevideo.com HIPAA – or as it is formally known, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191 – substantially codified the way health information for virtually all Americans must be handled. Sections 261-264 of the law require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) […]