HIPAA News

Google, Amazon Health and Fitness Apps Don’t Have Much to Do With Health

As the market for smart speakers like Amazon’s Alexa continues to expand, there is a potential for these devices to help enhance the health of users. But, while the app stores of these devices are full of apps in the …

CFC Launches Cyber Policy for U.S. Healthcare Providers

Specialist lines underwriting agency, CFC, has extended its cyber product suite with the launch of a new policy developed specifically for U.S. healthcare providers. According to CFC’s Cyber Practice Leader, Vicky Paxton, “Healthcare companies have arguably become the largest target …

Study Reveals Extent, Nature of Health Data Breaches

Between 2010 and 2013, there were more than 900 data breaches of protected health information affecting at least 500 individuals, with most of them resulting from overt criminal activity, according to a study in the April 14 issue of the …

Mental Health in Workplace: Employee’s Privacy vs. Employer’s Right to Know

How do you stop a mentally ill person from sitting down at the controls of a jetliner, or a nuclear power plant, or from holstering a gun for a night on the beat? The news that the pilot of the …

Tennessee Hospital Patient Information Found in Public Recycling Bin

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services says its Office of Licensure is investigating after paperwork from a Franklin mental health facility was found in a public recycling bin. The Tennessean reports the paperwork was from an …

Pros Should Probe Teams’ Leaks of Players’ Medical Information: Viewpoint

The trade sending Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres finally went through late Thursday night, after a rocky process that seemed to involve some questionable gamesmanship. Major League Baseball officials would do well to give …

Mobile Game Apps Moving Into Medication Management

A group of ex-gaming industry executives say they can use their design chops to solve a major health challenge: Sick patients neglecting to take their medication and costing employers and insurance providers billions of dollars. Jason Oberfest began thinking about …

Arch Enhances Healthcare Facility Professional Liability Form

Arch Insurance Group, a member of Arch Capital Group Ltd., has launched a specialized healthcare professional liability product in the U.S called Net Protection PLUS / Regulatory Defense PLUS coverage, which will be available on select Arch Healthcare policies. According …

Ascent Launches Medical Billings E&O Coverage for U.S. Healthcare Professionals

Ascent Underwriting, the Managing General Agent (MGA) specialising in emerging risks, has launched a medical billings errors & omissions insurance product specifically aimed at U.S. healthcare professionals. CyberPro Medical Billings offers financial protection against HIPAA billing and coding regulation violations …

Colorado Clinic Reports Breach Of Privacy Rules

A Denver-area spine clinic says it has fired an employee in its billing department who improperly emailed some patients’ protected information to her personal account, but it doesn’t appear anyone’s personal information is at risk. Rocky Mountain Spine Clinic in …