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NJ Gov. Seeks Ease in HIPAA Regulations for Opioid Fight

by Elizabeth Snell

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will likely propose HIPAA regulations be loosened in cases of opioid overdoses, according to multiple news outlets. Christie spoke at Morristown Medical Center to the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey earlier...

Utilizing Secure Texting for Efficient, Simple Communications

by Elizabeth Snell

Maintaining HIPAA compliance in provider-to-patient communication and even in physician-to-physician communication is critical, which is why secure texting has increased in popularity. With technology evolving, organizations cannot afford to...

Implementing HIPAA Technical Safeguards for Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

The push for digital health records is not going to slow down anytime soon, and as recent cases of ransomware attacks show, healthcare organizations must create comprehensive data security measures. HIPAA technical safeguards are just one key...

Improving Patient Privacy, Workflow with HIPAA Compliant Forms

by Elizabeth Snell

Cloud-based services are quickly becoming more common in healthcare, especially as organizations are trying to find HIPAA compliant ways of keeping ePHI secure. However, these tools cannot hinder how physicians and staff members perform daily...

OCR Newsletter Reviews Healthcare Cybersecurity Best Practices

by Elizabeth Snell

Even the most current and comprehensive security controls cannot guarantee that PHI security will never be compromised, which is why healthcare cybersecurity best practices should be regularly reviewed. OCR’s May cybersecurity newsletter...

HHS Reiterates OCR Ransomware Guidance after Recent Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

The WannaCry ransomware attack should serve as a strong reminder to healthcare organizations to maintain necessary data security measures, including proper employee training. Adhering to the OCR ransomware guidance will also help covered entities...

Maintaining HIPAA Privacy through Increased Patient Access

by Elizabeth Snell

The HIPAA Privacy Rule is not something that covered entities or business associates can afford to ignore, even as technology continues to evolve and patients have increased access to their own records. AHIMA raised a key issue though in a recent...

Memorial Hermann Agrees to $2.4M OCR HIPAA Settlement

by Elizabeth Snell

Texas-based Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS) recently agreed to a $2.4 million OCR HIPAA settlement following multiple allegations of inappropriate PHI disclosure. OCR conducted a compliance review after numerous media reports claimed that...

NJ Psychologist to Fight HIPAA Violation Allegations

by Elizabeth Snell

New Jersey-based psychologist Dr. Barry Helfmann has been accused of failing to prevent patient mental health diagnoses and treatment details from being released. The alleged HIPAA violations reportedly occurred when Helfmann’s practice...

Lack of Business Associate Agreement Equals $31K Settlement

by Elizabeth Snell

The Center for Children’s Digestive Health (CCDH) recently settled potential HIPAA violations by not having a business associate agreement in place, and paid OCR $31,000. The Illinois-based healthcare provider underwent an OCR compliance...

2017 OCR HIPAA Settlements Focus on Risk Analyses, Safeguards

by Elizabeth Snell

Maintaining PHI security must remain a top priority for covered entities and business associates year-round. Lackluster safeguards and irregular risk analyses can lead to potential data security issues, and even an OCR HIPAA settlement. With...

Judge Says HIPAA Regulations Do Not Apply in Organ Donor Case

by Elizabeth Snell

Patient records from the New York Organ Donor Network are not liable to HIPAA regulations, according to a recent New York Supreme Court ruling. A former network official claimed that four patients had not yet been declared legally dead before...

Prioritizing Healthcare Data Security in Aggregation, Sharing

by Elizabeth Snell

Data aggregation is quickly becoming a larger issue in healthcare, especially as organizations begin to switch over from fee-for-service models to value-based healthcare. As entities continue to gather, store, and transfer sensitive information,...

Mobile Security Strategies for Common Provider Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

As covered entities and business associates continue to adopt mobile security strategies, it can be increasingly difficult to find tools that are innovative but do not compromise security. Mobile app privacy and security worries and maintaining...

Health Center Agrees to $400K OCR HIPAA Settlement

by Elizabeth Snell

Failing to conduct a risk analysis and not implementing a corresponding risk management plan to address found risks and vulnerabilities were part of the reasoning behind the latest OCR HIPAA settlement. Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN)...

AMIA Calls for HIPAA Clarification in mHealth Patient Data

by Elizabeth Snell

While mHealth applications can help bridge the health IT gap between providers and patients, greater HIPAA clarification and even an expansion of the rules may be necessary, according to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). AMIA...

Preparing for an OCR HIPAA Risk Assessment Audit

by Elizabeth Snell

While healthcare organizations should not panic over the idea of a potential HIPAA audit or risk assessment, they should ensure that their privacy and security measures are comprehensive and current. This will not only keep sensitive data, such...

Administrative Safeguard Need Highlighted in PA Indictment

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations must ensure that they have comprehensive and regularly updated administrative safeguards, such as user authentication measures and proper access control. A failure to have these in place, or having outdated ones, could...

How Do HIPAA Regulations Apply to Wearable Devices?

by Elizabeth Snell

Both covered entities and business associates should be well-aware of the OCR HIPAA audit program, especially as Phase 2 has been underway for several months now. However, as technology continues to evolve, there are also several areas that could...

Expanding Beyond HIPAA Audit Prep for Information Governance

by Elizabeth Snell

Earlier this month, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) published its newest toolkit to assist organizations in preparing for HIPAA audits. The “External HIPAA Audit Readiness Toolkit” addresses...

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