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The 18 PHI (Protected Health Information) Identifiers

18 HIPAA PHI Identifiers HIPAA regulations are in place to ensure that you protect and secure the patient data that as a healthcare business, you have access to and collect.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has identified 18 patient identifier categories as it pertains to their guidance on satisfying the safe harbor […]

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Your New HIPAA + Cybersecurity News Source

Good Intentions Your workday in your healthcare business may start out with a clear plan of what you have ahead – you have your task list and work items to get through.  But when it comes to cybersecurity, we need to be made aware of things in a timely and efficient manner.  It may be […]

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HIPAA Compliance Audit: What to Expect

“We’re being audited!” Those words strike fear and uncertainty in most of us – especially if you are in healthcare. But what actually happens in a HIPAA audit?  Will a government official show up unannounced with a briefcase and ask for you to produce every bit of your business’s HIPAA documentation while sequestering your team […]

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Business Websites: Do They Need to Be HIPAA Compliant?

The process of assessing your business when it comes to HIPAA Compliance will likely present you with the opportunity to review all the components that contribute to your professional structure and setup.  This will likely include a website. Does a Website Fall Under HIPAA Regulations? If a website is used to collect and process protected […]

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High Alert: Healthcare Ransomware Threat!

The Cybersecurity Program within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) came out this week with a strong warning for healthcare organizations about an “exceptionally aggressive” ransomware group that is targeting them. The Hive ransomware group is financially motivated and uses various methods to target organizations including phishing and attacking remote access/VPNs. They encrypt and steal data […]

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HIPAA Security Officer

Recently we went over the role of the HIPAA Privacy Officer and what responsibilities that individual would oversee, as well as what qualifications an ideal candidate would bring to the position.  Additionally, HIPAA Regulations require that you formally identify a Security Officer in addition to a Privacy Officer, but they can be the same person. […]

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HIPAA Privacy Officer – Who’s in Charge Here?

Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, there must be one individual who is identified as the Privacy Officer.  What does that mean?  Is it a paid job?  What are the requirements?  Are they the ones who will be accountable in the case of a violation or if a data breach should occur? Every covered entity and […]

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Regardless of Your Business Size, You’re a Target

Many people in healthcare make the incorrect assumption that their business won’t be a target for cybercriminals because they are “just a one-man show” or “aren’t part of a big network”.  Neither way of thinking is wise, because when a cybercriminal is trying to compromise data or an entire network, every organization is valuable, and […]

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Fraud Alert: Beware of Tax Related Scams

Healthcare professionals are gatekeepers to a variety of confidential information about their patients and the businesses that they work for, and for this reason, they are a highly coveted target by cybercriminals. Being on guard and alert all year is critical when you are overseeing the Protected Health Information (PHI) of your patients. Be aware, […]

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