ALEXANDRIA VA, USA -- HIT/HIPAA UPDATE NEWS SERVICE -- JUNE 30, 2017: Melamedia today released their Health Information Privacy Sercurity Alert June headlines summary. Every month, Health Information Privacy/Security Alert provides readers with the strategic and tactical information needed to operate successfully as a healthcare organization or business associate. Health Information Privacy/Security Alert is a must read for anyone who must keep current on the legal decisions shaping the health data landscape. The subscription includes the full edition of the HIPAA and Breach Enforcement Statistics.
HEADLINES FROM THE JUNE 2017 ISSUE
- FDA's Digital Medical Device Approval Plan Will Affect HIPAA Compliance
- DHS Issues Warning to Healthcare
- Keeping Breach Cases out of Federal Court
- Court Hopes EHRs Reduce Lawsuits
- 3 Years of Records Is Reasonable to Determine Health of Plaintiff, Court Says
- Draft E-Signature Guide Has HIPAA Implications
- Selling Insurance Is Not Healthcare
- NY AG Slams BA with $130,000 Fine
- A Closer Look at HITECH Breaches by State
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HIPAA & BREACH ENFORCEMENT STATISTICS FOR JULY 2017
Approximately 173,989,354 people have been affected by 1,956 HITECH breaches through June 17, according to a HIP/SA analysis of data released by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR). That suggested that 21 newly posted breaches affected approximately 443,116 patients in the incidents reported from May 18 through June 17.
PATIENT COMPLAINT LEVELS HOVER AROUND 2,000 PER MONTH
OCR received 156,874 as of May 31, indicating that it received 2,151 patient complaints in May compared to 1,964 in April and 2,552 in March, according to statistics released by the agency.
The figures indicated that OCR resolved 154,777 complaints. But of those, only 36,423 fell within the agency's jurisdiction. Of those, only 25,167 required some action by a HIPAA Covered Entity or Business Associate.
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