Changes Ahead

While we have all had to adjust in obvious ways to the pandemic, the reality is that after the panic subsides, and after the immediate emergency vibe in the air passes, we will never return to the way things once were.  We are in a new reality, or as many keep saying, a new normal. …

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Healthcare Trendsetters

COVID-19 has given us a type of Fashion Week within healthcare, where new trends and rising stars emerge unexpectedly, and all at an alarmingly fast pace down the virtual runway. We are seeing work from home take on a whole new significance, which leads to new software platforms rising in popularity, existing applications modified to …

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Mental Health Assessments

We find ourselves months into the trenches of the COVID-19 crisis, and with each new day comes not only a different set of problems but new solutions as well.  As first responders, public safety officers, and the medical community continue to show the need to increase hires within their fields, the process to make those …

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COVID-19 Long Term Affects

We’ve all had to make adjustments to how we work, how we live, and how we interact overall with humanity during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This means that we’ve been stricter in some regard, and more relaxed in others (limiting screen time, who can be bothered?). The government is no exception to this.  We’ve seen some …

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Redefining Identifiable Data

HIPAA provides guidelines to establish the permissible use of an individual’s personal health information (PHI).  Seems pretty straightforward for the most part.  And it was – for the most part.  Until we start to dig a little deeper and look at the resources that are now in play (which were not 20+ years ago when …

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Community-Based Testing Sites

Community-Based Testing & HIPAA Community-Based Testing Sites (CBTS) are the latest entity to be excluded from HIPAA enforcement penalties by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for their participation in regard to COVID-19 specimen collection and testing.  This “exercise of enforcement discretion is effective immediately (April 9, 2020), but has a retroactive effect to March …

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COVID-19 Scams Continue

Whether it involves faces masks, hand sanitizer, hospital and medical supplies, or a stimulus check, scams against healthcare organizations and individuals are booming with COVID-19 as the starting point.  Hackers and cybercriminals are looking at the pandemic as a great opportunity to take advantage of unsuspecting businesses and consumers in a variety of ways. The …

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COVID-19 & First Responders

As we continue to make our way through new territory with the COVID-19 crisis, we are having to adjust the rules and regulations that previously stood in place.  HIPAA is no exception to that. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has continued to update the guidelines under these …

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Telehealth & COVID-19

In recent years there has been an increase in the use of telehealth and remote management tools as options for maintaining patient well-being.  If you’re not familiar with these, the HHS’ Health Resource & Services Administration (HRSA) defines telehealth as “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical health …

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Safely Working Remotely

Effective Immediately As the Novel Coronavirus pandemic continues to greatly impact our nation, working from home is no longer an occasional benefit for many Americans, but is now a requirement for many businesses to continue operating safely and effectively. While working from home does come with its perks, there are many new cybersecurity risks created …

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