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Sentara Hospitals Agrees to $2.175 Million Settlement for HIPAA Violations

Crazy Eight If only we were talking about a card game.  Unfortunately, for Sentara Hospital, we aren’t.  Instead, we are referring to them receiving the unwanted title of being the eighth recipient of a HIPAA financial penalty in 2019.  This $2.175 million fine is given in conjunction with the requirement to create a corrective action …

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Now Will You Listen?

It is likely that we can all recall a moment when we “knew about” something before anyone else.  A band, a trend, a fad.  Then it goes mainstream and you realize the word is out, and when a big name gets on board with promoting the person, place or cause, you find yourself part of …

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Conducting a Risk Analysis – What You Need to Know

You’ve likely heard of a risk analysis. Hopefully, you’ve also performed one for your organization. Whether you’ve been helping your organization work on its HIPAA compliance for years, or you’re new to the world of HIPAA, performing a risk analysis should be a high-priority item on your business’s to-do list. Let’s start with the basics. …

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Healthcare to Go

Isn’t it wonderful how technology has made medical care more accessible?  Not only can medical professionals be mobile and go TO their patients, but patients can now take ownership via apps and devices that allow them to monitor their own well-being.  Apps and devices are now available that give us so much information and access; …

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Data Breach Costs Texas Health and Human Services Commission $1.6 Million

When DADS Don’t Know Best No, we aren’t talking about Father Knows Best here.  We are referencing the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS).  In 2017 it was added to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), which is comprised of childcare and nursing facilities, operations of supported living centers, providing mental health …

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American Cancer Society’s Online Store Hit with Skimming Malware

Sick on the Inside The American Cancer Society deals with illness of the human sort, but recently they had to deal with another kind of toxic plague silently taking over.  On the outside, things looked fine.  But on the inside, there was a silent plague. Hidden as analytical code, security experts discovered malware embedded in …

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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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