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ONC Workgroup Talks HIPAA Regulations, Interoperability

by Elizabeth Snell

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Health Information Technology (HIT) Privacy & Security Workgroup met earlier this month to further discuss the ONC Interoperability Roadmap, and members brought up concerns about HIPAA regulations,...

Breaking Down HIPAA: Health Data Encryption Requirements

by Elizabeth Snell

Health data encryption is becoming an increasingly important issue, especially in the wake of large scale data breaches like Anthem, Inc. and Premera Blue Cross. The HIPAA Omnibus Rule improved patient privacy protections, gave individuals new...

The HIPAA Risk Assessment: A Journey, Not A Destination

by Elizabeth Snell

A HIPAA risk assessment can be an important tool in helping covered entities determine how they can best improve their overall privacy and security measures. With two large scale healthcare data breaches being announced already in 2015, it is...

Breaking Down HIPAA Rules: HIE Security

by Elizabeth Snell

HIE security is an increasingly important issue, especially as the push for interoperability continues. We’ve previously discussed how the HIPAA Omnibus Rule made important impacts on several aspects of HIPAA rule, and how covered entities...

HIPAA Regulations v. FERPA Rules In Privacy Rights

by Elizabeth Snell

HIPAA regulations were created to ensure that patients’ PHI remained secure, and that individuals would not have to worry about their personal information falling into the wrong hands. Similarly, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act...

Potential HIPAA Violations After Wisc. and Texas Thefts

by Elizabeth Snell

Unfortunately, HIPAA violations can still occur even when healthcare facilities implement comprehensive security measures and keep them properly updated. Employee training can also help mitigate some risk, but organizations must be prepared that...

Breaking Down HIPAA Rules and Regulations: Business Associates

by Stephanie Reardon

As healthcare providers strive to meet new mandates and reach new quality of care goals, they should always keep HIPAA rules and regulations in mind. The tangle of changes and multiple impacts to the workings of healthcare facilities can be...

Are HIPAA Regulations the Best Answer for Patient Privacy?

by Elizabeth Snell

Patient privacy is an essential aspect of the healthcare industry, and HIPAA regulations were designed with that in mind. With the increase in EHR use, more facilities are turning to online systems. But are these new systems actually the most...

Should More Patients Worry About Healthcare Data Security?

by Elizabeth Snell

An organization should always have the state of its healthcare data security as a top priority. Especially as technology evolves and more facilities connect to HIEs, implement new EHRs and potentially even consider telehealth, it is essential...

Why HIPAA Privacy and HIPAA Security Rules are Needed

by Elizabeth Snell

The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is hardly a new concept in the healthcare industry. However, as technology evolves, it is important that facilities of all sizes continue to adhere to HIPAA and are...

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,...

Dorn VA Employee Elaborates on Healthcare Security Breach

by Stephanie Reardon

Employee claims that personal health information documents involved in healthcare security breach were often kept in an unsecured room. A Dorn VA Medical Center employee has stepped forward to speak out on a security breach within the center....

How Will Healthcare Privacy and Security Fare in 2015?

by Elizabeth Snell

The healthcare industry was riddled with data breaches, HIPAA violations, and concerns over patient privacy rights in 2014. Will 2015 be any different, or can patients expect many of the same problems when it comes to keeping their protected...

Tennessee Hospice Investigated Over Potential HIPAA Violation

by Elizabeth Snell

A potential HIPAA violation occurred after patient records at a Tennessee hospice wound up on the side of a highway. A hospice employee’s failure to properly shed patient records is being blamed as the culprit in a potential HIPAA violation...

Are You Ready for a HIPAA Security Risk Assessment?

by Elizabeth Snell

There are numerous aspects of a HIPAA security risk assessment that healthcare organizations must keep in mind. Even though the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) HIPAA security risk assessment tool has not even had a full year...

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...

NY Subcontractor Causes Healthcare Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

An insurer notified patients of a potential healthcare data breach when its subcontractor mishandled PHI. A health insurance subcontractor allegedly mishandled the information of approximately 500 people in New York, leading to a potential healthcare...

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)...

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