HIPAA

Training Staff in HIPAA Regulations

Training Staff in HIPAA Regulations

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Physician organizations need to do a better job training staff in safeguarding protected health information and complying with HIPAA in other ways.

Risk Analyses Must Include All Electronic PHI

Risk Analyses Must Include All Electronic PHI

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Practices involved in legal cases were penalized for not having completed a comprehensive risk assessment.

Safekeeping Patient Records Off-Site

Safekeeping Patient Records Off-Site

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Among the first things practices should do is set up a check-out/check-in system.

Controlling Access to Health Information

Controlling Access to Health Information

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Access control often is viewed as an IT-only job, but it is a shared responsibility.

Corrective Action Plans May Accompany HIPAA Fines

Corrective Action Plans May Accompany HIPAA Fines

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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

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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

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HHS fined providers for not having a business associate agreement in place or using an outdated one.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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Providers typically need business associate agreements with health information organizations.

Patients' Rights to Access Health Records Clarified

Patients' Rights to Access Health Records Clarified

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

Quick, Low-Cost HIPAA Compliance Solutions for Small Practices

Quick, Low-Cost HIPAA Compliance Solutions for Small Practices

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Many small practices fall short on requirements because they do not have the resources to comply.

Taking Steps to Protect Patient Portals

Taking Steps to Protect Patient Portals

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Threats and vulnerabilities, such as hacking potential and password strength, should be considered.

Prepare for a Second Round of HIPAA Audits

Prepare for a Second Round of HIPAA Audits

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Prepping for an audit can help reduce the risk of a breach.

Damage Control Following a Health Information Breach

Damage Control Following a Health Information Breach

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Practices need to have a response plan in place.

Diagnostic Errors Common in the U.S.

Diagnostic Errors Common in the U.S.

Panel urges changes to an increasingly complex health care system.

Electronic Health Record Triggers Reduce Delays in PCa Diagnoses

Electronic Health Record Triggers Reduce Delays in PCa Diagnoses

Findings among veterans flagged for delayed diagnosis of prostate, colorectal cancer.

How to Safeguard Protected Health Information

How to Safeguard Protected Health Information

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Simple fixes can help practices meet the 'minimum necessary' standard under HIPAA.

Put Policies and Procedures in Writing

Put Policies and Procedures in Writing

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Experts recommend keeping certain policies on file.

What to Do After the Risk Assessment

What to Do After the Risk Assessment

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After the assessment is over, it's time to move forward to mitigate issues and fill gaps where breaches could occur.

What to Do After the Risk Assessment

What to Do After the Risk Assessment

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After the assessment is over, it's time to move forward to mitigate issues and fill gaps where breaches could occur.

Medical Identity Theft on the Rise

Medical Identity Theft on the Rise

Increase of 21.7% in incidents since last report; theft is costly to consumers.

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