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OCR’s guidance to audit controls

In the January, 2017 edition of the OCR Cyber Newsletter (PDF), OCR gives guidance to what is required from Covered Entities and Business Associate regarding auditing / monitoring of access to PHI. Covered Entities and Business Associates should make sure that they appropriately review and secure audit trails, and they use the proper tools to …

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Still time to do a SRA for Meaningful Use

We frequently get asked about the timing of when a Security Risk Assessment (SRA) needs to be performed for Meaningful Use. So here is some guidance: SRA for Meaningful Use A SRA needs to be performed before a provider attests for Meaningful Use.  According to CMS – https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/Downloads/2016_SecurityRiskAnalysis.pdf Conducting a security risk analysis is required …

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Data breaches at smaller companies can be devastating

According to a Verizon study, data breaches at Small and Midsize Businesses (SMBs) occur more frequently than at larger companies. Another study found that the impact of a SMB breach could be devastating to the business. Find out more about the leading cause of SMB data breaches and what you can do to prevent a …

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MACRA regulation commences January 1, 2017

MACRA regulation (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act) commences January 1, 2017. MACRA significantly changes the way physicians are paid and overall Medicare reimbursements.
Learn more in our 80 second video

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Peachtree Orthopedics breach hits 531,000 patients

Peachtree Orthopedics has experienced a huge data breach that affects over 500,000 patients.  It seems that Peachtree was a victim of a hacker who stole the information and went a step further by issuing a press release: It all began many months ago when we acquired 543k patient records which contain both PII and PHI …

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New CMS MACRA Rule Kicks In, Factors HIPAA Compliance into New Payment Structure

MORRISTOWN, NJ (PRWEB) NOVEMBER 21, 2016 HIPAA Secure Now! is set to handle security risk assessments that will be required of medical practices, under the new MACRA regulation (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act), which commences January 1, 2017. HIPAA Secure Now! helps medical practices comply with HIPAA, and protect their most valuable asset – …

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WARNING: BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR OCR PHISHING EMAIL

  In a cruel twist of fate, health care entities are being phished using an OCR (HHS Office of Civil Rights) email as the bait.  Here is the context:  HHS/OCR is the governmental entity in charge of enforcing the HIPAA statutes.  Back in May, we reported that OCR had started sending emails to Covered Entities …

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OCR ‘Laser Focused’ on HIPAA Violation Complaints, Enforcement

HealthIT Security has a very good article on OCR HIPAA activities. A key message is that not all OCR complaints result in HIPAA violations. OCR will continue to focus “its enforcement efforts and its resources” in areas of alleged non-compliance and “where corrective action under HIPAA may be the only remedy.”

OCR ‘Laser Focused’ on HIPAA Violation Complaints, Enforcement

HealthIT Security has a very good article on OCR HIPAA activities. A key message is that not all OCR complaints result in HIPAA violations OCR will continue to focus “its enforcement efforts and its resources” in areas of alleged non-compliance and “where corrective action under HIPAA may be the only remedy.” In terms of OCR …

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