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    Look around your practice or facility’s waiting room. Are there patients reading texts on their phones? If they are looking at messages they have received from your provider, your office may be in violation of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations. If you think   Read more..
    Posted on 25 Apr, 2019
    Get to Know Texting and HIPAA Correlations Before You Hit Send
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    A trained workforce is your best defense against unintentional — and intentional — PHI exposure. Ransomware takedowns populate news headlines, but many health IT breaches result from staff activities. Whether an employee accidentally discloses protected health information (PHI) or deliberately sets out to harm your   Read more..
    Posted on 11 Feb, 2019
    Ramp Up HIPAA Security with Staff Training & Informed Checks and Balances
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    What Your Practice Must Know About the HIPAA Privacy & Security Rules HIPAA fails continue to populate news headlines. Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), for instance, didn’t implement HIPAA’s risk assessment and risk management requirements, which resulted in 5 HIPAA breaches. It took only a few   Read more..
    Posted on 26 Nov, 2018
    Consider the Cost of HIPAA Noncompliance — Part 3
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    Unless you meet one of the Privacy Rule’s exceptions, knowingly using, obtaining, or disclosing individually identifiable health information can saddle you with a $50,000 fine, plus civil liabilities. If you’re just joining our overview of HIPAA compliance, you might want to back up and start at the   Read more..
    Posted on 20 Nov, 2018
    Consider the Cost of HIPAA Noncompliance — Part 2
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    Meet the provisions of the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules or prepare to pay the price. Ignorance of your legal obligations under HIPAA is not a justifiable excuse for failing to implement reasonable and appropriate safeguards. Covered entities have had sufficient time to establish effective   Read more..
    Posted on 6 Nov, 2018
    Consider the Cost of HIPAA Noncompliance — Part 1
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    In a nutshell, HCCs are groups of diagnosis codes that are categorized in disease hierarchy. These groups of similar diagnoses consume similar resources, known as a clinical disease burden, which are grouped in disease hierarchies (e.g., diabetes mellitus is grouped into several HCCs depending on   Read more..
    Posted on 13 Feb, 2018
    Take the Guesswork Out of HCCs
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    Lack of firewall in secondary systems shows why risk analysis is crucial in healthcare settings.
    Large organizations look at the big picture, forgetting oftentimes that it’s a small chink-in-the-armor that renders a downfall. Such is the case involving the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (UMass), who despite the best intentions, fell victim to a HIPAA disaster after a malware issue   Read more..
    Posted on 24 Aug, 2017
    Malware Issue Highlights Need for HIPAA Security Plan
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    Follow 7 expert-recommended steps to evaluate, document, and report breaches.
    With the increase in data breach incidents—as well as the rise in HIPAA breach penalties—it’s more important than ever before for covered entities (CEs) and business associates (BAs) to develop a thorough incident response plan. Here’s what you need to do right now to protect   Read more..
    Posted on 10 Aug, 2017
    Plot Out Your Organization’s Security Incident Response Plan
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    Consider conducting security audits to evaluate your BA’s security and privacy practices.
    Are your business associates (BAs) ready to respond to a HIPAA breach? When it comes to answering this question, what you don’t know can hurt you. According a Cyber-Awareness Monthly Update from the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), covered entities (CEs) and BAs should think   Read more..
    Posted on 3 Aug, 2017
    Four Steps to Secure Your BAs from Breaches
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    The HIPAA Breach Notification rule (§164.400 et seq.) requires you to take specific actions when faced with a breach incident. Sheldon-Dean outlines the following steps you need to take to evaluate and report breaches, as well as to properly document compliance incidents:         Report all breaches   Read more..
    Posted on 9 Jun, 2017
    7 Steps to Evaluate & Report HIPAA Breaches

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