The opioid crisis in the U.S. continues to touch on issues of patient rights and privacy. In October, OCR launched an education campaign about civil rights protections that include specific guidelines for covered entities under HIPAA
2018 was a year of large settlements and high-volume data breaches. According to OCR’s breach report portal, among the more than 250 reported data breaches under investigation, 14 incidents exposed the PHI of more than 100,000 individuals each.
In this month's HIPAA Q&A, we answer your questions about sending unencrypted emails to the right recipient, discussing patients with colleagues, scheduling appointments for spouses, and filing complaints against insurance companies.