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Posted in Health Privacy/HIPAA, Privacy & Security Litigation

Aetna $17.2 Million Breach Settlement Brings Lessons for Handling Health Data

Aetna will pay almost $17.2 million to settle a federal class action lawsuit stemming from a 2017 mailing that disclosed the HIV status of health plan members. Aetna also agreed last week to pay a $1.15 million fine to the state of New York after the Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s investigation into Aetna’s alleged violations of federal and state privacy laws. Both settlements require compliance monitoring and record keeping obligations.

Posted in Cybersecurity & Data Breaches, Health Privacy/HIPAA

HHS Issues New HITECH/HIPAA Rule: Top Ten Changes

In the most significant change to HIPAA since the law was enacted, the Department of Health and Human Services issued an omnibus HIPAA regulation, which will require substantial operational changes for HIPAA covered entities and their business associates.  Ten important changes are: Changes to the data breach rule will make more incidents reportable. Business associates are […]