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HIPAA Compliance

Understanding HIPAA Compliance in Emergencies

by Elizabeth Snell

Every year there are numerous reports of flu-related deaths, as well as other illnesses. Most recently, Ebola was a hot topic, especially in terms of HIPAA compliance. Patients deserve privacy, but doesn’t the public have a right to know...

St. Louis Reports HIPAA Violation by County Employee

by Elizabeth Snell

The Saint Louis County Department of Health is investigating a potential HIPAA violation where the personal information of inmates at a county jail was sent to a personal email address. A health department employee emailed a document that had...

HIPAA Violation, Records Dump Expose Patient Data

by Elizabeth Snell

A HIPAA violation can occur when a healthcare organization does not adhere to administrative, technical or even physical safeguards that have been put in place. Firewalls, data encryption measures, and employee training on proper disposal of...

Timeline for OCR HIPAA Audits Still Unknown

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has still not set a deadline for the next round of HIPAA audits, and OCR Director Jocelyn Samuels did not release a timeline in a meeting this week. Samuels reportedly...

What Constitutes a HIPAA Violation?

by Elizabeth Snell

Covered entities must remain current on privacy regulations to ensure they do not commit a HIPAA violation. No individual wants his or her protected health information (PHI) to be unnecessarily made public. Not only is the information personal,...

AMIA’s Recent HIPAA Compliance Question: A Legal Perspective

by Elizabeth Snell

Last week an American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) letter to state Representative Fred Upton was released. AMIA called for HIPAA compliance to be updated to allow for exemptions in terms of access to patient’s PHI, specifically for...

HIPAA Mandates Discussed, Comments Sought in EHNAC Program

by Elizabeth Snell

EHNAC released a draft of its accreditation program, including discussions on HIPAA mandates. The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) released the first draft of its latest accreditation program this week. The organization...

Should HIPAA Compliance Let Researchers Access Patients’ PHI?

by Elizabeth Snell

AMIA recommended that HIPAA compliance should allow researchers to gain access to patients’ PHI without their permission. Allowing health researchers to access patients’ PHI without their permission could be beneficial, according to the...

Top Tips for Keeping Patients’ Healthcare Data Protected

by Stephen Treglia

Instinctively, we think of our financial data as the most likely target of a cyber attack, while healthcare data is increasingly becoming more valuable. Healthcare data breaches have demonstrated a real appetite among cybercriminals for protected...

PHI Exposure Case of 1,500 Patients Settled

by Elizabeth Snell

Approximately 1,500 patients were notified of PHI exposure last May at a Missouri facility. Last May, more than 1,500 women in Missouri had their protected health information (PHI) compromised after their personal records blew out of a dumpster...

FTC Settles Personal Health Data Case

by Elizabeth Snell

The FTC recently settled a case over how an organization gathered patients’ personal health data. Healthcare providers, billing companies and other organizations that handle personal health data need to remain clear with patients exactly...

Are Medical Practices Prepared for OCR HIPAA Audits?

by Stephanie Reardon

The Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services will be conducting random HIPAA audits. Although a timeline has not yet been set, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...

Six Ways to Stay HIPAA Compliant and Keep PHI Safe

by Jay Atkinson

As your organization’s CIO, do you know whether your business is HIPAA compliant or if it has access to protected health information (PHI)? If you don’t know the answers, it’s critical for you to find out.  Non-compliance...

Why HIPAA Administrative Safeguards Are Crucial

by Elizabeth Snell

HIPAA administrative safeguards are designed to manage the selection, development, implementation, and maintenance of security measures. These measures keep electronic protected health information (ePHI) safe and help manage a...

Stolen PHI Leads to Medical Identity Theft in Detroit

by Elizabeth Snell

Patients’ PHI was stolen from two Detroit-area hospitals. The thieves allegedly used the information to file false tax returns. Approximately 1,400 people had their protected health information (PHI) stolen from two metro Detroit hospitals,...

Breaking Down OCR’s HIPAA Bulletin

by Elizabeth Snell

Last week, the Department for Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a bulletin outlining how healthcare organizations can abide by HIPAA in various emergency situations – including the current...

Walgreens HIPAA Violation Upheld in Indiana Court

by Elizabeth Snell

An Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the ruling that Walgreens can be held liable for its employee being part of HIPAA violations. A healthcare provider was still found to be liable for HIPAA violations committed by an employee, according to an...

HIPAA Physical Safeguards: A Basic Review

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare IT security administrators can also have a difficult time when it comes to ensuring that HIPAA physical safeguards are always followed. As technology continues to evolve, so does the healthcare industry. Laptops, tablets and cell phones...

How MyHealthDirect Achieved HITRUST Certification

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations of all sizes work diligently to ensure that they remain HIPAA-compliant while also providing high-quality patient care. There are security, privacy, and regulatory guidelines that must be adhered to, and implemented in...

Will HIPAA Compliance be Affected by Ebola?

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations need to ensure they remain HIPAA compliant while still keeping the public properly informed about the Ebola virus. The Ebola virus has been making national headlines for months, and healthcare organizations have been...

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