Physician organizations need to do a better job training staff in safeguarding protected health information and complying with HIPAA in other ways.
Practices involved in legal cases were penalized for not having completed a comprehensive risk assessment.
Among the first things practices should do is set up a check-out/check-in system.
Access control often is viewed as an IT-only job, but it is a shared responsibility.
In serious breach cases, the HHS Office for Civil Rights may impose CAPs to prevent breaches from recurring.
Encryption and keeping confidential information off laptops and cellphones are among the ways to prevent breaches.
Using ECG as a password enhances the security and privacy of the patient with minimal cost.
HHS fined providers for not having a business associate agreement in place or using an outdated one.
Providers are still not doing some of the most basic tasks required by the law.
Practices benefit from cost savings and easy access to patient records, but information breaches are still possible.
Medical practices can take a number of steps to make it more difficult to hack into their computer files.
Now providers can be sued for HIPAA violations related to breaches of protected health information.
Addressable doesn't mean optional: Having an implementation plan can be helpful in case of an audit.
As business associates come under greater scrutiny, healthcare providers could become more susceptible to audits and patient lawsuits.
Practices should review the list of 18 identifiers and remove each item before sharing data.
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A routine file maintenance ended in arrest and jail time for a licensed nurse who shared a patient's medical information with her spouse.
A nurse in the cardiology department of a large hospital saw nothing wrong with accessing the medical records of family members.
Compliance gurus bet there are at least a few things physicians are not doing to comply with HIPAA.
Healthcare providers have struggled with the need to comply with HIPAA, protect patient privacy and share information.
Confidential health information was sent to a patient's employer by a physician, resulting in a HIPAA violation.
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