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Your HIPAA Breach Notification Questions Answered

The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule is a requirement put in place that requires HIPAA-covered entities and their business associates to “provide notification following a breach of unsecured protected health information.” The details provide an outline for how healthcare providers, hospitals, and physicians must notify the affected individuals, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health […]

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HIPAA Privacy Rule Update: Extreme Risk Protection Orders

Recently the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) along with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued an announcement regarding extreme risk protection order (ERPO) laws and the disclosure of protected health information (PHI).  This published model was created as a way to provide each state with a framework to consider as they implement […]

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End of Year List for Healthcare         

As we wrap up another calendar year, getting ready for holiday break means wrapping up more than presents.  Take a moment to go over a few items that you should review to make sure they are done for 2021 or ready to go in the new year. Security Risk Assessment A Security Risk Assessment, or […]

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Is That Video Rated HC?

No, there isn’t such a rating system, but it might be something to consider. There are many different communication platforms that healthcare providers can use to communicate with each other, such as email, instant messenger systems, and even through social media sites. While these platforms can be very useful for communicating quickly and easily, they […]

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Oops, Was That A HIPAA Violation?!

Working in healthcare means that you are certainly aware of HIPAA’s existence, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you are the resident expert on what constitutes compliance.  You know what you can or can’t do – generally speaking.  Most likely, you follow the rules as they are explained to you, and don’t deviate much from that. […]

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Administrative Safeguards of the Security Rule: What Are They?

The HIPAA Security Rule requires healthcare providers and their business associates to implement physical, technical, and administrative safeguards to protect the electronic Protected Health Information (PHI) that they utilize. It establishes national standards to protect that information. These standards apply not just to covered entities, but any organization that handles PHI – including subcontractors and business associates.   Administrative safeguards (also called […]

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Is Your Head or Your Business in the Cloud?

Cloud Hosting & HIPAA Compliance When you think of trends in healthcare, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s a particular EMR system, new machines in the office, ways in which you communicate with patients… the list goes on. One thing is for sure when we think about all the ways that healthcare has changed over […]

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What’s So Important About Security Risk Assessments for HIPAA Compliance?

Before you buy a home, an inspection is completed as a way of exposing any potential issues to you as a buyer.  This can give you leverage when it comes to purchasing price negotiation since these liabilities can often present risks to you as a resident.  Those risks can come in the form of cost […]

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