Tips for Addressing HHS-OIG’s Discovery of Medicare’s Lack of Cybersecurity Oversight for Networked Devices in Hospitals

  July 23, 2021 | By Rachel Rose, JD, MBA In June 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) issued Issue Brief, OEI-01-20-00220 (hereinafter “Issue Brief”), which highlighted the results of its review of cybersecurity for networked medical devices in hospitals. The impetus behind the review was…

Compliance Tidbit: How Covered Providers May Contact Patients with COVID About Population-Based Activities

  August 7, 2020 | By By Rachel Rose, JD, MBA The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act, Pub. L. 104-191 (Aug. 1996) (“HIPAA”) is often times misapplied. Take the COVID-19 pandemic for example. Despite the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) and the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) reiterating the exceptions present…

HIPAA and COVID-19: Patchwork Protocols and Protecting Privacy

June 12, 2020 | By By Bryan Meek, Esq., Brennan, Manna, and Diamond As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc globally, many industries have been forced to adapt to unprecedented challenges while remaining cognizant of everchanging guidance from public health officials and government agencies. Notably, the healthcare industry has been confronted with countless practical…

Biometrics – the New Battleground in Privacy and Security

March 23, 2020 | By Rachel Rose, JD, MBA According to the National Institute for Standards and Technology (“NIST”), biometrics is defined as, “[a]utomated recognition of individuals based on their behavioral and biological characteristics [e.g., fingerprints, facial recognition and retinal scans]. In this document, biometrics may be used to unlock authentication tokens and prevent repudiation…