Department of Health and Human Services

On February 21, 2024, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights entered into a resolution agreement and corrective action plan with Green Ridge Behavioral Health LLC. This marks the second such settlement with a HIPAA-regulated entity for violations that were discovered following a ransomware attack, according to HHS.
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On February 16, 2024, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) published a final version of Special Publication 800-66 Revision 2, “Implementing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) Security Rule: A Cybersecurity Resource Guide.” The publication features guidance

On October 31, 2023, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the issuance of a settlement agreement with Doctors’ Management Services, a Massachusetts-based medical management company, related to alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s Privacy and Security Rules.
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On October 30, 2023, U.S. President Biden issued an Executive Order on Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence. It marks the Biden Administration’s most comprehensive action on artificial intelligence policy, building upon the Administration’s Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights (issued in October 2022) and its announcement (in July 2023) of securing voluntary commitments from 15 leading AI companies to manage AI risks.
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On September 15, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Health and Human Services published an updated version of the two agencies’ joint publication, entitled “Collecting, Using, or Sharing Consumer Health Information? Look to HIPAA, the FTC Act, and the Health Breach Notification Rule.”
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On September 13, 2023, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released version 3.4 of the Security Risk Assessment Tool under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Security Rule.
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On December 1, 2022, the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a Bulletin on the obligations of HIPAA covered entities and business associates under the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules when using online tracking technologies.
Continue Reading HHS Releases Bulletin on Use of Online Tracking Technologies by HIPAA Covered Entities and Business Associates