Dec26, 2018

Consumer Protection for Student Loan Borrowers

Second only to mortgage debt, student loan debt is the second highest consumer debt category, and it’s even higher than both credit card debt and car loans according to Forbes.com. About 44 million borrowers collectively owe more than $1.52 trillion in student debt in the United States across all demographics and age groups.

The Federal Trade […]

Dec12, 2018

Are African Americans Being Excluded from Clinical Trials?

An expose published in Stat magazine with data from ProPublica reveals the dearth of African American patients in clinical trials for breakthrough cancer drugs. However, it is not just clinical trials for cancer drugs which seem to exclude black patients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) conducted a […]

Oct16, 2018

No End in Sight for Cellphone Robocalls

Every cellphone owner is all too familiar with robocalls. The pesky phone calls just don’t seem to stop—from unknown area codes, from local area codes, from people posing as IRS agents, Social Security agents, or other government entities. And, if some corporations have their way, robocalling might get even worse.

The Washington Post recently reported that […]

Jul24, 2018

Hospital Faxes Other People’s Medical Records to Woman’s Home

A local Ohio hospital has been faxing other people’s personal medical records to Elizabeth Spilker’s home for months, in an apparent violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The information in the faxes contained patient names, ages, weights, medications, and medical histories.

In a report from ABC 6, Spilker said, “We have been […]

May9, 2018

How a Bipartisan Bill on Sex Trafficking Put Google on the Warpath

Let’s start with the good news: Democrats and Republicans created a bill – together – that President Trump signed into law. That law is the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, and it’s purpose is to stop people from trafficking boys and girls for sex via the Internet. The law was passed on April 11th – […]

Mar28, 2018

American Express and Orbitz the Latest Companies to Expose Consumer Data

Word spread on March 21, 2018 of another data breach. This time the information came from American Express. Apparently, those who use American Express Travel may have had their data stolen due to a data breach at Orbitz. According to an email sent to American Express members, transactions made using the Orbitz platform between January 1, […]

Mar26, 2018

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: Just Another Data Breach

There has been much in the news lately about Cambridge Analytica utilizing data from Facebook without consumer authorization. Despite the political upheaval around this, and the consequences it may or may not have had on the election in 2016, this is nothing more than a simple data breach case. Data breach occurs when users provide […]

Jan15, 2018

HHS Skirts HIPAA Rules on Sharing Substance Abuse Patient Information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a final rule which updates patient privacy regulations (42 CFR Part 2). This provision allows substance abuse patients to provide a general disclosure for substance abuse information. The current disclosure limits the patient’s authorization to a specific health care provider.

An article in Modern Healthcare […]

Jun29, 2016

New York Hospital Agrees to a $2.2 Million Penalty for Filming Patients without Authorization

Imagine how traumatizing it might be to watching a TV show filmed in an emergency room, only to realize that the footage you are watching is of your husband’s death from the year before? This actually happened to Anita Chanko in 2012. The hospital that allowed the film crew from the ABC network program “NY […]

Apr8, 2016

MedStar’s Medical Meltdown

MedStar Health is continuing to recover after a malicious rasomware virus attack on Monday, March 28, 2016, stormed their servers, leaving many patients unable to receive treatment and medication. Many patients received a message indicating that their appointments needed to be rescheduled due to the facility’s inability to access records online or check their emails. A MedStar official stated that the incident had […]

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