HIPAA breaches can happen even to the best prepared healthcare organizations, but knowing the most common failings can improve your chances of staying in the good graces of the Office for Civil Rights.
The latest development in a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act breach investigation should serve as a reminder that fines are not the only way the government can punish a healthcare institution for failing to protect patient information. Civil penalties are possible, and the courts are upholding their legality.
Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston has been the focus of controversy over the safety of concurrent surgeries and whether patients have a right to know when surgeons are dividing their attention. One patient safety leader tells Healthcare Risk Management that the practice is not necessarily improper but should be monitored by risk management.