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Becker’s: 8 HIPAA compliance best practices

A recent article over at Becker’s Spine Review, discusses some of the “low hanging fruit of HIPAA compliance”. They give 8 best practices for being HIPAA compliant. For the article they interviewed David Holtzman, JD, CIPP, vice president of compliance strategies, Cynergistek and Aaron Tantleff, partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Encrypt health information.  The …

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Secure Now! Discusses Data Security on Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®

  Tune in to Fox Business Network as sponsored programming and Bloomberg International on Sunday, June 26, 2016. See market-by-market listings below. Los Angeles, CA – June 23, 2016 — Secure Now! President/CEO Art Gross will soon appear on the award-winning, global TV show, Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®. Gross will share his expertise in the small and mid-sized business …

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Lack of HIPAA Education causes problems in Orlando

By now we are all aware of the horrible event that took place in Orlando over the weekend.  Mass casualties caused local hospitals and ERs to respond heroically.  One of the tasks required during these operations was the necessity to communicate patient status with family and loved ones.  Unfortunately, this was not handled very well. …

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Phase 2 HIPAA Audits – The OCR Emails Have Begun

Back in March, we reported that OCR had announced its Phase 2 Audit Program.   OCR stated that they would compile a database of both Covered Entities and Business Associates to form the basis of the pool of organizations potentially targeted for audit.  They have followed up on their intentions and in the last week organizations …

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Holy MACRA! – Being HIPAA Compliant is Part of How Physicians get Paid

On April 27, CMS came out with a proposed rule on how physicians will get paid under MACRA (the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act).  If you want to read the whole 962 page snoozefest, you can find it here (PDF).  But sleep or not, this regulation changes the fundamental Fee-For-Service (FFS) system that CMS …

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New ransomware is bad news for healthcare organizations

Well that didn’t take long. In a recent article I made the case that newer variations of ransomware could result in a reportable HIPAA breach.  I argued that if ransomware not only encrypted the victim’s files but also copied the files off of a computer or allowed access to the files, then the result could …

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Is Ransomware Considered A HIPAA Breach?

The topic of ransomware, especially ransomware hitting healthcare organizations, is making headlines daily. Dan Munro has a very good article over at Forbes that asks an important question: Is Ransomware Considered A Health Data Breach Under HIPAA? David Harlow, Principal – The Harlow Group, LLC, whose insight into HIPAA law I respect greatly, states: Ransomware […]

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OCR HIPAA Audits – It’s real this time

Background Although HIPAA is an important set of laws passed to protect the sensitive medical information handled by millions of covered entities and business associates, Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has never established a permanent compliance audit program.   Auditing activity to date by OCR has consisted of a pilot program of […]

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