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COVID-19 Crime

For every moment in time, there is an opportunity to create good from it, and likewise, to create bad or negative reactions. COVID-19 has given us both. While of course, we wouldn’t wish it to happen again, we have seen people come together, new businesses arise, and an overall re-evaluation of our priorities. Then there’s …

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Smart Telehealth Practices

COVID-19 has ushered in the mass acceptance of telehealth, with so much optimism and excitement around the technology. But like many new technologies, the initial use is rushed and not well thought out with many providers trying to figure out the right technology, best practices, and optimal patient experience. We have seen temporary waivers to …

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Mask Mandate

Mask Mandate Whatever your opinion is of wearing, or not wearing a mask, there are in increasing number of mandates being put in place by governments or independent establishments in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  This mask mandate means that most people over a certain age need to have their face covered, …

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Limitless Liability

A year of credit monitoring along with identity theft monitoring services. That’s what most of us settle for when we find out that our personal data has been compromised. We are alerted, we change our password, we read the letter that offers these services and may or may not sign up for them. Some individuals …

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Employee Errors

We all know (or should know) that human error accounts for the majority of breaches. Phishing gives hackers entry to a business’s front door by manipulating the employees who work there. Phishing is when a cyberattack is disguised and delivered using email as the carrier or weapon. Through very convincing and cleverly designed messages, the …

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Employee Coverage

As businesses like shops, restaurants, and others that were previously closed as a result of COVID-19 begin to open, precautions of various kinds are now in place.  As the state or perhaps local government encourages and sometimes requires protective gear, employers must take into consideration how it will affect their workforce. One outward-facing and immediate …

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Employee Privacy in a Pandemic

COVID-19 has presented businesses with a new challenge in keeping their company safe and it starts with employee health. As they re-open in the wake of the pandemic, they must keep track of individual health with regard to who is sick and how it might affect the company as a whole. This means that a …

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Is COVID-19 Unraveling HIPAA?

Let’s Recap The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) was created in 1996 to protect patients and their privacy, and if you are in healthcare, you already know this and are familiar with what it means.  With a goal to ensure that people could maintain health insurance between jobs, thus the “Portability” part of …

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Delaying Treatment

The Patients Are Not Equal As COVID-19 took over in the headlines, it also took over at many hospitals around the country. We saw a rise in the number of patients that were taken in and diagnosed with the virus, but there was an unexpected result as well. The rate of decline in-patient activity didn’t …

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Lenient Doesn’t Mean Lazy

In mid-March, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that they would use “enforcement discretion” in regard to HIPAA compliance with telehealth.  And, the healthcare community gave out a collective sigh of relief.  Not because the rules and regulations were unfair, but in a time of uncertainty, …

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