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Safeguarding Against HIPAA Violations and Penalties

Posted by Digital Manager on Tue, Aug 04, 2015 @ 11:54 AM

Why It’s Time for a Reality Check

When it comes to medical practice management, most healthcare practices take information privacy and security very seriously in order to protect their patients. But, a large number of these organizations are often not entirely HIPAA compliant, leaving them open to potential breaches, HIPAA violations and penalties.

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Topics: hipaa training, hipaa risk assessment, hipaa breach, hipaa training for employees, HIPAA Compliance, hipaa violations, hipaa penalties, medical practice management

Stericycle to Acquire Shred-it International

Posted by Digital Manager on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 @ 03:35 PM

Creates Global Leader in Business-to-Business Compliance Solutions

Today, we announce plans to add Shred-it, the global secure information destruction services provider, to the Stericycle family. This acquisition will enable Stericycle to offer an additional compliance solution to our customers.

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Parkway General Surgeons: One Practice’s Approach to HIPAA Compliance

Posted by Digital Manager on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 @ 02:17 PM

Building and Maintaining a Strong HIPAA Compliance Program

In healthcare today, safeguarding your patients’ data is critically important, so organizations must build and maintain a strong HIPAA compliance program to protect patient privacy and avoid potential data breaches or financial penalties.

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Topics: HIPAA Compliance

Prepare for ICD-10 and Earn CEU Credits

Posted by Digital Manager on Wed, Jun 03, 2015 @ 02:57 PM

Have you registered for our ICD-10 continuing education series, hosted by nationally recognized coding expert Susan Thurston? These 90-minute webinars with Q&A are focused on making sure your organization is fully prepared and educated for the ICD-10 coding changes.

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Topics: icd-10

5 Steps Hospital CEOs Can Take to Minimize Risk Through Partnerships

Posted by Digital Manager on Fri, May 22, 2015 @ 08:59 AM

By Dr. Allen Weiss, CEO and President of the NCH Healthcare System

Leading a healthcare system means balancing risks and rewards. Rewards are immense when they include life-saving treatments. The risks can be a spectrum from regulatory shifts to patient safety and harmful waste production.

Healthcare leaders play a role in reform-related changes that often align costs for smart investments and new partnerships. One risk affects our facilities, healthcare networks, communities and the environment: medical waste. Identifying the most appropriate options for managing waste should include evaluating potential partners.

In healthcare settings the presence of medical waste is inevitable. There are five steps that leaders can take to minimize related risks.

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Topics: Medical Waste, Risk Management

The Balancing Act Between HIPAA Compliance and Running a Business

Posted by Digital Manager on Tue, May 05, 2015 @ 09:18 AM

With competing priorities and limited resources, your medical practice or health care facility is constantly performing a balancing act between meeting regulations and running a business. If you aren’t focused on HIPAA compliance because you don’t think an audit or breach will happen to you, you could be “walking the tight rope” toward HIPAA issues.  

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Topics: HIPAA Compliance

Who Doesn’t Love Low Cost AND Highly Effective?

Posted by Digital Manager on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 @ 01:12 PM

In its newly revised Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), stresses that basic security measures can be highly effective and affordable.

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Topics: hipaa training, hipaa staff training, hipaa security training, hipaa risk assessment, hipaa privacy training, HIPAA Compliance, hipaa policies

7 Components Guiding Prevention, Detection and Effective Compliance

Posted by Digital Manager on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

Showing a Sincere, Ongoing Effort to Comply Is a Sound Investment.  

As far back as 2000, The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has published voluntary compliance program guidance for individual and small group physician practices recommending that 7 key components be addressed to prevent the submission of erroneous claims or unlawful conduct involving the Federal health care programs. Have you put all 7 into action? 

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Topics: Regulatory Compliance, Coding

Minimizing Risk Is Top of Every Great Leader’s Mind

Posted by Digital Manager on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 @ 02:01 PM

by Despina Kotis, Pharm.D., director of pharmacy, Northwestern Medicine

Hospital leadership and its teams are focused on cost management and risk-reduction strategies while also juggling government mandates, patient safety and quality. Managing risk is challenging especially as hospitals acquire more offsite locations and care shifts from inpatient to outpatient settings. By example, in 2003, The American Hospital Association reported 145 free-standing emergency rooms in the country. By late 2013, there were more than 400. As a leader, how do you mitigate risk and cut costs in our shifting operating landscapes?

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Topics: Managing Waste, Risk Management, Leadership

Taking a Harder Look at HIPAA Compliance Is Good Common Sense.

Posted by Digital Manager on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Failure to identify and address basic risks or to actively follow what is documented in policies and procedures puts PHI at risk and can compromise the financial well being and reputation of your organization. That’s why every business can benefit from a harder look at their HIPAA compliance.

To comply with the HIPAA Security Rule, you must continue to review, correct or modify, and update security protections for electronic PHI. All health care providers who are “covered entities” under HIPAA are required to perform a risk analysis. (This analysis is also required if you are receiving EHR incentive payments).  

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Topics: hipaa training, hipaa staff training, hipaa security training, hipaa risk assessment, hipaa privacy training

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