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OCR Issues $2.15 Million Fine to Jackson Health System

HIPAA compliance doesn’t care if you’re a small business or a non-profit.  This isn’t said in a disrespectful manner to the laws that govern the policies, but to make you aware that your business status, or identifying structure won’t allow you to be overlooked. Hefty Fine Imposed Recently the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at …

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Importance of a Risk Assessment

HIPAA Requirement While it is required within HIPAA rules and regulations to complete a risk assessment regularly, the question may still be in your mind regarding WHY you have to do this. The legal ramifications are obvious.  If audited, you’ll have to show a risk assessment as part of your HIPAA compliance program. And remember, …

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$85,000 Settlement in OCR’s First HIPAA Right to Access Case

HIPAA Enforcement is Happening Enforcement is in action.  That’s what Bayfront Health-St. Petersburg recently learned when they agreed to pay $85,000 in penalties to the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights for a potential violation of the HIPAA right to access provision. This is the first enforcement by the OCR …

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Dental Practice’s Response to Yelp Review Leads to $10,000 Fine

When it’s YOU in the Review Making dinner plans?  Check online for reviews before you spend your money dining out.  Ready to book a vacation?  You’re definitely making sure the pool is as big as they say it is. How about when it comes to personal care?  Do you check online to see if a …

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HIPAA Secure Now Joins Far-Reaching Initiative to Promote the Awareness of Online Safety and Privacy for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 1, 2019 — HIPAA Secure Now! today announced its commitment to National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), held annually in October, by signing up as a Champion and joining a growing global effort to promote the awareness of online safety and privacy. NCSAM is a collaborative effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit …

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Right to Access was Implemented to Protect Patients but is Hurting Patients & Providers Alike (Part 2)

We previously published Part 1 of this article on abuses of Patient Right to Access for medical records and how these abuses can overburden healthcare providers and put patient health information at risk. This Part 2 focuses on what healthcare organization can do about the growing problem. The following blog was written for the HIPAA …

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Right to Access was Implemented to Protect Patients but is Hurting Patients & Providers Alike (Part 1)

The following blog was written for the HIPAA Secure Now community by DataFile Technologies, a leading provider of health data management including fast records release services with a 24-hour turn-around time, and an industry-leading accuracy rate over 99.9%. You may have seen an uptick in medical records requests labeled with “HITECH Request” or experienced requestors …

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Compliance & Cybersecurity Go Hand-In-Hand

Humans or HIPAA? When it comes to healthcare organizations addressing the HIPAA compliance of their business, many feel prepared and comfortable, readily checking that “compliant” box. But addressing the human part of security falls by the wayside too often.  Compliance and cybersecurity, which includes human security, both need to be a part of your overall …

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Does Your Breach Response Plan Include Notification?

Remain Calm, Remain Honest – and Remain in Business Avoiding the inevitable does not make it go away. Healthcare patients choose a provider based on the quality of care.  In addition to that, the public will generally assume that their private information is safeguarded and not something that they need to verify or investigate before …

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