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HIPAA Compliance

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...

HIPAA Technical Safeguards: A Basic Review

by Elizabeth Snell

It’s critical to review the requirements of HIPAA technical safeguards to ensure that your healthcare organization is compliant and able to keep PHI safe. While no healthcare organization can guarantee that a data breach will never take...

Patient Privacy, HIPAA Violation Case Argued in Calif. Court

by Elizabeth Snell

A California medical center has gone to court over accusations that it violated patient privacy by releasing a patient’s private medical information. Patient privacy rights and HIPAA compliance are taking center stage in a California court,...

HIPAA Compliance Will Be Reviewed in OIG 2015 Work Plan

by Elizabeth Snell

The OIG released its 2015 work plan, which includes a review of hospitals’ contingency planning and if they are HIPAA compliant. The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) will bring a greater...

Doctors Can Be Sued for HIPAA Negligence, Says Conn. Court

by Elizabeth Snell

The state Supreme Court ruled that physicians can be sued for HIPAA negligence if it violates certain regulations. Patients can sue a medical office for HIPAA negligence if it violates regulations that dictate how healthcare organizations must...

Five HIPAA Omnibus Compliance Myths

by Elizabeth Snell

The HIPAA Omnibus Rule was significant for the healthcare industry. Many of the rule’s stipulations drastically affected how covered entities, business associates (BAs) and subcontractors handle risk management and breach notification....

HITRUST Common Security Framework: Tips for Healthcare Facilities

by Elizabeth Snell

The HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF) is an important tool that healthcare organizations of all sizes can use in their approach to regulatory compliance and risk management. But what exactly are the basics of the CSF program, and what can...

HIPAA Business Associate Agreements: What Needs to be Included?

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations should take the time to review the regulations for HIPAA Business Associate Agreements. The deadline for all HIPAA business associate agreements (BAAs) to be up to date and in line with the regulations set forth by the...

Fla. Court: HIPAA Not Violated in Malpractice Reform

by Elizabeth Snell

A federal appeals court ruled that it is not a HIPAA violation for physician defendants to have equal access to plaintiffs’ health information. Physician defendants can have equal access to plaintiffs’ health information, as it is not in...

Key HIPAA Compliance Resources for Healthcare Providers

by Sponsored Content

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the nation’s healthcare system. However, it is important for healthcare organizations to remain current on any...

West Virginia REC offers provider security, privacy tips

by Patrick Ouellette

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) shared news this week that Regional Extension Centers (RECs) have aided more than 100,000 healthcare organizations in EHR adoption and Stage 1 Meaningful Use attestation....

Updating HIPAA BAAs before Sept. 23, 2014: Compliance tips

by Patrick Ouellette

With fall quickly approaching, the last compliance piece to the HIPAA Omnibus Rule is coming up quick as well. As of September 23, 2014, all HIPAA business associate agreements (BAAs) must be up to date and in line with the regulations set forth...

UC Davis Health creates EHR, user access provisioning tool

by Patrick Ouellette

UC Davis Health System (UCDHS) recently published a study that detailed how it created a new tool that has improved clinical efficiency, user access provisioning and EHR security. UC Davis Health System was an early EHR adopter, but it had previously...

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