Author Archives: Eric Crowder

Eric Crowder

About: Eric Crowder

Eric Crowder’s practice focuses on healthcare matters, including advising hospitals and other providers on compliance with federal and state law such as the physician self-referral (Stark) law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, CMS’s Conditions of Participation, HIPAA, and reporting requirements. He also advises clients on Joint Commission standards and standards of other accreditation organizations.

Cloud Sharing Apps Scrutinized for ePHI

In a relatively short time period, the direct costs of document storage have dropped precipitously, and cloud-based document storage has become ubiquitous. Clearly, this is a wave of the future. But a recent settlement agreement between the Office of Civil Rights and a Boston area hospital should make it plain that, when it comes to electronic protected health information, mobile devices and cloud-based storage apps carry significant risk. On July 8, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights and St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center entered into a settlement agreement following an investigation into a complaint …