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What Is GDPR?

Are you familiar with the European Union (EU) regulation of GDPR?  There may be some confusion over this policy and those who believe it to be the counterpart to the United States’ HIPAA regulation.  While there may be some overlap, they are not the same. As a US-based business that is a covered entity or […]

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HIPAA Right to Access Enforcement

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) isn’t offering leniency just because you’re a small business.  Action will be taken, despite the impact that a HIPAA fine can have on this sector of healthcare. And as eleven recent investigations prove the point, many of those were small practices.  This brings the total to 38 enforcement actions […]

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Certificate of Need

What is a Certificate of Need? A certificate of need, or CON, is a legal document that is required for the construction of a new healthcare facility.  It regulates the healthcare system by requiring approval from regional governments.  However, there are variations within the 35 states and Washington D.C. that need them. What Do They […]

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HIPAA and Audio-Only Telehealth

HIPAA and Audio-Only Telehealth The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) put clarity recently on how the HIPAA Security Rule applies to telephone technologies.  In the case of telephone lines that are traditional landlines, the rule does not apply.  But it does apply to mobile technologies that utilize electronic media such as WIFI. What […]

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Exceptions to a HIPAA Breach

Exceptions in a HIPAA Breach In 2007 the Guide to Medical Privacy Law was published.  It indicated that on multiple occasions hospitals, EMT services, schools, and other public agencies were incorrectly withholding news out of a fear of violating HIPAA policy.  Often, there isn’t a clear understanding as to what constitutes exceptions to HIPAA and […]

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What is the Digital Front Door?

The traditional way to see your healthcare practitioner was to call the office, schedule an appointment and when the time came, go to the office for your visit.  You’d get there and then open the front door to attend your appointment. Like nearly everything, time, and our increased electronic footprint have brought change to that […]

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Remote Workforce and HIPAA

Whether a change in your business structure came about from the pandemic, or it just makes more sense for your team, remote work is the norm for many more professionals today than it was in years past. If you’re in healthcare, this means that you need to factor in the HIPAA component as well as […]

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What’s the HIPAA Omnibus Rule?

The HIPAA Omnibus Rule was established to identify and further outline accountability within the entities of healthcare regarding patient data.  To understand the HIPAA Omnibus Rule and how it affects these entities, we need to understand who and what are the “moving parts” that make up the operation.  Once we recap these key components, we’ll […]

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