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HIPAA Compliance: Is Your Organization Prepared for Its Next Data Breach

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) and its 2009 Amendment and implementing regulations are a source of continuing compliance issues for health care providers and their business associates. It is more likely than not that your organization will eventually experience a data breach. The question is whether your organization will be prepared for the potential consequences. Before delving further, it is worth noting that a breach should not be synonymous with blame or wrongdoing. A breach under HIPAA is defined as “the acquisition, access, use, or disclosure of protected health information [“PHI”] in a manner not permitted [under the HIPAA Privacy Rule] which co