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  Edward (Ed) G. Zacharias focuses his practice on complex transactions and regulatory compliance matters. He represents hospitals and health systems, academic medical centers, physician group practices, post-acute care providers, health information technology vendors, biotech companies, insurers, pharmaceutical companies and a variety of other health care entities. Read Edward Zacharias' full bio.

HIPAA Boss Sees ‘Low-Hanging Fruit’ Ripe For Enforcement


By on Feb 18, 2020
Posted In Health and Welfare Plans, Privacy and Data Security

Healthcare providers and insurers are still making tons of rookie mistakes on patient privacy, turning themselves into easy enforcement targets, according to Roger Severino, director of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Severino made headlines in 2017 for expressing interest in punishing a “big, juicy, egregious” privacy breach, and seemingly followed through with...

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HHS Office of Inspector General Calls for Increased Oversight and Enforcement of HIPAA


By , and on Nov 19, 2015
Posted In Employment, Health and Welfare Plans, Privacy and Data Security

On September 29, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Office of Evaluation and Inspections, released two studies calling on the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to strengthen its efforts in both general enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Standards and...

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OCR Launches Phase 2 HIPAA Audit Program with Pre-Audit Screening Surveys


By , and on May 26, 2015
Posted In Health and Welfare Plans, Privacy and Data Security

HIPAA covered entities have reported that the HHS Office for Civil Rights recently sent pre-audit screening surveys to a pool of covered entities that may be selected for the previously delayed second phase of HIPAA compliance audits. This On the Subject describes the phase two audit program and identifies steps that covered entities and business...

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OCR to Begin Phase 2 of HIPAA Audit Program


By and on Aug 26, 2014
Posted In Health and Welfare Plans, Privacy and Data Security

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will soon begin a second phase of audits (Phase 2 Audits) of compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) privacy, security and breach notification standards (HIPAA Standards) as required by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical...

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