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

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

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

6 Reasons Why It’s Time for a HIPAA Reality Check

Posted by Digital Manager on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Many medical and dental offices may be breaching HIPAA laws without realizing it or have employees doing so without their knowledge. That should be a wake-up call to those who feel they have nothing to worry about when it comes to HIPAA.

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

HIPAA Tip: Think Before You Post in Social Media

Posted by Digital Manager on Wed, Jul 02, 2014 @ 03:32 PM

Innapropriate social media conduct can lead to tomorrow’s headlines.

Two nurses take photos of x-rays of a patient who was admitted to the emergency room with an object lodged in his body. At least one nurse posts and discusses it on her Facebook page.  

A medic posts a photo and other personal health information via social media, disclosing a celebrity’s treatment details.

An employee of a gynecologist vents her frustrations on her online blog, ridiculing the patients giving birth. Although the employee did not use patient names or any other identifying information in her post, two of the patients recognized themselves in the blog due to the detailed nature of the post and filed HIPAA complaints against the doctor and the practice.1

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Topics: hipaa risk assessment

These HIPAA threats could happen to ANY Provider. ARE YOU PROTECTED?

Posted by Digital Manager on Wed, May 07, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Thousands of laptops and other mobile computing devices are stolen every day. So if health providers can be taught anything from a recent HHS.gov news release, it’s this: you must comply with HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules to protect and secure health information—especially when using mobile devices.   

Learn what every HIPAA covered entity should know about mobile devices containing Protected Health Information ( PHI).

Stolen unencrypted computing devices with patient PHI pose a significant risk for HIPAA liability.

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Topics: hipaa awareness training, hipaa security training, hipaa risk assessment, hipaa breach, hipaa threat

Top 5 Myths About Conducting a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis

Posted by Digital Manager on Wed, Apr 02, 2014 @ 07:30 AM

Believing these common myths puts you at risk for a HIPAA breach or violation. Know the facts and consider if your organization is adequately identifying and addressing HIPAA threats and vulnerabilities.

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Topics: hipaa training, hipaa awareness training, hipaa risk assessment, hipaa breach

Deadline Looms for Annual Reporting of HIPAA Breaches

Posted by Digital Manager on Fri, Feb 07, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

The next HHS deadline regarding reportable breaches of unsecured PHI is March 1, 2014. Read on to learn about the specifics of this deadline, what it means to your organization and action steps you can take today.

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Topics: Stericycle, hipaa security training, hipaa risk assessment, hipaa breach, hipaa privacy training

5 Critical HIPAA Learnings From 2013's Most Significant Breaches

Posted by Digital Manager on Tue, Jan 07, 2014 @ 09:21 AM

What can we learn from healthcare’s most significant breaches of 2013?

Reading HealthITSecurity.com’s article on the largest and most unusual data breaches of 2013, my head was shaking—not in disbelief, but with an affirmative bobblehead nod. Yes. The all too common trend in data breaches is the theft of unencrypted devices. Yep. There will always be people who steal, snoop and misuse patient information. Yeah. Every one of these companies is glad that 2013 is over because a solitary breach made it a long, painful year.   

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

HIPAA Omnibus Regulations: 5 Questions to Ask

Posted by Nancy Burgess on Thu, Oct 03, 2013 @ 12:45 PM

When the final omnibus rule (Omnibus Rule) was unveiled at the start of 2013, Leon Rodriguez, HHS Office for Civil Rights Director, said,  “This marks the most sweeping changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules since they were first implemented.” 

Now that the September 23, 2013 compliance deadline has passed, covered entity health care providers must ask, “Is our practice meeting all the requirements?”

Is your practice compliant with HIPAA Omnibus regulations?

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Topics: Stericycle, hipaa training, hipaa awareness training, hipaa security training, hipaa risk assessment, hipaa breach, hipaa privacy training

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