HIPAA Compliance

Corrective Action Plans May Accompany HIPAA Fines

Corrective Action Plans May Accompany HIPAA Fines

In serious breach cases, the HHS Office for Civil Rights may impose CAPs to prevent breaches from recurring.

Misplaced Mobile Devices Lead to HHS Investigations, Millions in Fines

Misplaced Mobile Devices Lead to HHS Investigations, Millions in Fines

Encryption and keeping confidential information off laptops and cellphones are among the ways to prevent breaches.

Use EKG to Secure Electronic Health Records?

Use EKG to Secure Electronic Health Records?

Using ECG as a password enhances the security and privacy of the patient with minimal cost.

Business Associate Agreement Slipups Cost Providers Millions

Business Associate Agreement Slipups Cost Providers Millions

HHS fined providers for not having a business associate agreement in place or using an outdated one.

First Round of HIPAA Audits Exposes Providers' Weaknesses

First Round of HIPAA Audits Exposes Providers' Weaknesses

Providers are still not doing some of the most basic tasks required by the law.

Storing Information on the Cloud

Storing Information on the Cloud

Practices benefit from cost savings and easy access to patient records, but information breaches are still possible.

Steps for Protecting Computers From Hacking

Steps for Protecting Computers From Hacking

Medical practices can take a number of steps to make it more difficult to hack into their computer files.

When Information Breaches Lead to Lawsuits

When Information Breaches Lead to Lawsuits

Now providers can be sued for HIPAA violations related to breaches of protected health information.

Encrypting PHI for HIPAA Compliance

Encrypting PHI for HIPAA Compliance

Addressable doesn't mean optional: Having an implementation plan can be helpful in case of an audit.

Managing Business Associates to Reduce Liability

Managing Business Associates to Reduce Liability

As business associates come under greater scrutiny, healthcare providers could become more susceptible to audits and patient lawsuits.

Sharing Data With Others? Anonymity Is Crucial

Sharing Data With Others? Anonymity Is Crucial

Practices should review the list of 18 identifiers and remove each item before sharing data.

How to Select a Security Officer for Your Physician Practice

How to Select a Security Officer for Your Physician Practice

HIPAA requires physician offices to appoint a security officer, but a physician should not hold the position.

HIPAA Disclosure Rules Not As Strict As Widely Believed

HIPAA Disclosure Rules Not As Strict As Widely Believed

Patients' representatives, individuals designated to make medical decisions for them, have equal rights to access information under HIPAA.

How to Work With Health Information Organizations

How to Work With Health Information Organizations

Providers typically need business associate agreements with health information organizations.

Patients' Rights to Access Health Records Clarified

Patients' Rights to Access Health Records Clarified

New document from the Office of Civil Rights reminds providers of their responsibilities and offers compliance tips.

More HIPAA Articles

Staff Nurse Faces Jail Time for HIPAA Violations

Staff Nurse Faces Jail Time for HIPAA Violations

A routine file maintenance ended in arrest and jail time for a licensed nurse who shared a patient's medical information with her spouse.

No Exception to HIPAA Privacy Rules, Nurse Learns

No Exception to HIPAA Privacy Rules, Nurse Learns

A nurse in the cardiology department of a large hospital saw nothing wrong with accessing the medical records of family members.

Common HIPAA Compliance Oversights

Common HIPAA Compliance Oversights

Compliance gurus bet there are at least a few things physicians are not doing to comply with HIPAA.

How to Comply with HIPAA

How to Comply with HIPAA

Healthcare providers have struggled with the need to comply with HIPAA, protect patient privacy and share information.

Fax Sent to Wrong Number Results in HIPAA Violation

Fax Sent to Wrong Number Results in HIPAA Violation

Confidential health information was sent to a patient's employer by a physician, resulting in a HIPAA violation.

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