HHS Secretary Issues Privacy Rule Waiver For Hospitals

Although the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which restricts the use and disclosure of individuals’ protected health information, applies even during public health emergencies, federal law permits the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to waive...

Leap Year Means a February Deadline for HIPAA Breach Notifications

The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule requires covered entities, business associates, vendors of personal health records, and other third-party service providers handling protected health information to notify individuals and entities (depending on magnitude) of a breach...