HHS fined providers for not having a business associate agreement in place or using an outdated one.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.
HIPAA requires physician offices to appoint a security officer, but a physician should not hold the position.
Patients' representatives, individuals designated to make medical decisions for them, have equal rights to access information under HIPAA.
Providers typically need business associate agreements with health information organizations.
New document from the Office of Civil Rights reminds providers of their responsibilities and offers compliance tips.
Many small practices fall short on requirements because they do not have the resources to comply.
Threats and vulnerabilities, such as hacking potential and password strength, should be considered.
Prepping for an audit can help reduce the risk of a breach.
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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.
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