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HIPAA audit preparation and compliance: BA effects on CEs

by Nicole Freeman

While the timetable for 2014 HIPAA audits has not been released, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has begun surveying covered entities and business associates (BAs) to gauge organizational preparedness for the upcoming OCR HIPAA Audit Program....

Los Angeles County DHS reveals 168,000 patient data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) recently announced that it has begun notifying 168,000 patients of a data breach at Sutherland Healthcare Solutions, which handles DHS’s billing and collections. Sutherland has...

Healthcare cloud security resources, advice for providers

by Nicole Freeman

Healthcare providers and their business associates (BAs) are gradually becoming more comfortable with the concept of storing data off-site and online in a cloud environment. While there is ease of access in having a central, accessible databank...

Patient information breached after office computer theft

by Nicole Freeman

An office break-in may have comprised the protected health information (PHI) of patients at Dr. J.M. Benson’s Sherman, Texas practice, according to a report from the Herald Democrat. The incident was reported on January 5, 2014. During the...

Palo Verde Healthcare reports internal data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

The Palo Verde Healthcare District (PVHD) recently alerted an unknown number of patients with letters that a HIPAA violation had occurred involving their protected health information (PHI). Four former PVHD administrator employees a civil lawsuit...

Faxing error causes United Healthcare breach

by Nicole Freeman

A Portland, Oregon man has been receiving erroneous faxes containing protected health information (PHI) from Community Memorial Hospital patients through an apparent error with United Healthcare, an insurance company, according to a report from...

Triple-S receives $6.8M fine for HIPAA violation

by Nicole Freeman

Triple-S Salud, a Puerto Rican managed care company, has been fined $6.8 million by the Medical Insurance Administration (ASES in Spanish) after a HIPAA violation, according to a report from Caribbean Business. The breach occurred last year....

HealthShare Montana to use Coalfire’s HIPAAcentral

by Nicole Freeman

HealthShare Montana, a non-profit state health information exchange (HIE), will be offering HIPAA compliance services to its participants throughout the state with Coalfire’s HIPAAcentral. Coalfire provides risk assessment and compliance management...

VA risk management team expects data breach in year ahead

by Nicole Freeman

A memo from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has noted that the organization’s security standards are so lacking that a data breach is “practically unavoidable,” according to reports from CNBC and Military.com. The comment was made...

Healthcare network access data found on file-sharing website

by Nicole Freeman

Documents containing information on how to access healthcare provider networks were found on the file-sharing website 4shared.com, known as source of information for hackers, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The files included...

(ISC)2 offers healthcare IT security and privacy training

by Nicole Freeman

(ISC)² (“ISC-squared”), a not-for-profit group of certified information and software security professionals, is offering a specialized program meeting its HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPPSM) credential....

HIMSS14 privacy and security educational sessions preview

by Nicole Freeman

As the government continues to enforce regulations to protect patient data, healthcare organizations are consistently reminded of their need to comply with HIPAA, as are their business associates (BAs). Compliance for all covered entities and...

St. Vincent Hospital notifies 1,100 patients of laptop theft

by Nicole Freeman

Over 1,100 patients of St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis are being notified of a potential data breach after laptop being used with an EEG machine was reported missing, according to a report from WISHTV.com. The laptop, which was password-protected,...

HIMSS14 session preview: HIPAA security controls & analytics

by Nicole Freeman

While healthcare organizations are often warned of data breaches and the need for security measures, there may be concern as to what kinds of protection are needed. How much security is enough? What does each unique provider need to do to protect...

HIMSS14 session preview: Patient privacy trends

by Nicole Freeman

Protecting patient data should be a high priority for all healthcare providers, and the government continues to create policy regarding the protection and access of protected health information (PHI). The Department of Health and Human Services...

HIMSS14 session preview: Encrypting data at rest

by Nicole Freeman

Healthcare providers often hear about the benefits of encrypting protect health information (PHI), and the data breaches that become more serious when information is unencrypted. Encrypting data at rest is required of HIPAA-covered entities per...

OCR complaint filed against St. Rose Dominican Hospitals

by Patrick Ouellette

Because it allegedly compromised patient records as part of gaining leverage in a contract dispute, Dignity Health, which owns St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, is in the process of dealing with a complaint filed with the Office for Civil Rights...

HIMSS14 session preview: Privacy and compliance practices

by Nicole Freeman

Healthcare organizations are consistently reminded of their need to protect patient privacy and data, and HIPAA compliance is a requirement for all providers and their business associates (BAs). For healthcare systems, however, there is also...

HIMSS14 session preview: Coordinating ACO privacy & security

by Nicole Freeman

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are being formed in different sizes across the country in an effort to improve patient access to care, the quality of care received, increase affordability, and, in some cases, switch to a value-based reimbursement...

HIMSS14 session preview: Meaningful use risk assessments

by Nicole Freeman

As healthcare data breaches continue to occur, providers are often reminded that staff training and encryption are key to securing patients’ protected health information (PHI). These are not the only processes necessary to safeguard information,...

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