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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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Interoperability & Information Sharing

Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services put the final approval on two rules that will be transformative in the way that patients can access their health data.  This unprecedented approval will provide safe and secure access to that data via interoperability and information sharing. These rules identify the most extensive healthcare data …

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HIPAA Right of Access Myths

A patient’s right to access their healthcare data so that they can make informed decisions regarding their own health and wellbeing is the component of HIPAA known as the HIPAA Right of Access. Recently, the American Medical Association (AMA) published a new HIPAA playbook for physicians and their practices to better understand this component.  With …

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One Virus, Two Ways

How Scammers Are Using the Coronavirus to Trick Their Victims As if the fear of the Coronavirus outbreak weren’t enough to have the world on edge, there’s a new way that the virus is impacting humans: through email cyber-attacks. The method of contamination takes a trusted name, the World Health Organization, and uses it to …

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