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HIPAA Security Checklist

Our complimentary HIPAA Security Checklist summarizes HIPAA Security Rule requirements that should be implemented by covered entities and business associates. The citations are to 45 CFR § 164.300 et seq. For additional resources concerning Security Rule requirements and compliance assistance, see the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) website. Remember, the Security Rule is subject to periodic amendment. …

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Omnibus Checklist

The HIPAA Omnibus Rule modified the privacy and security rules for covered entities and their business associates. This rule went into effect on March 26, 2013, however, covered entities and business associates generally had until September 23, 2013 to become compliant. If you find yourself confused about what the Omnibus Rule requires, we created a checklist …

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HIPAA Rules

In 1996, the American government recognized the need for those in healthcare fields to treat patient records as sensitive documents, not to be seen by any but authorized professionals. Because of patients’ need for privacy and security, only those with the need to know the details of a patients’ health information are allowed to view …

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HIPAA Compliance

With the ever-changing government rules regarding HIPAA compliance, the process of becoming HIPAA compliant can seem daunting, confusing, and time-consuming. Many regulations that were in place at the time of your analysis last year may now be outdated or changed. However, as you know, it’s vital to adhere to HIPAA compliance requirements to avoid the …

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HIPAA Safeguards

The U.S. Department of Human and Health Services regulates the maintenance and fulfillment of following these codes, which includes the HIPAA Security Rule. With the ever-advancing of technology and methods of spreading information, having the appropriate safeguards in place to make sure electronically protected health information remains safe and secure must be a top priority. The …

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PCI vs. HIPAA Compliance

A common question among covered entities that we encounter time and time again is, “What is the difference between PCI and HIPAA Compliance?” This question becomes even more frequent when news breaks of breaches in businesses that are PCI-compliant and HIPAA covered entities. According to a recent Identity Theft Resource Center data breach report for 2013, there …

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HIPAA Security For Business Associates

Ever wonder what signing that Business Associate Agreement(BAA) really meant?  Even if your firm did not sign a BAA but does business with a Covered Entity the Federal Laws under the HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus includes business associates under their enforcement jurisdiction. A business associate is a company or person who does business with a covered entity and works with or is …

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HIPAA Officers

As HIPAA rules and regulations are continuing to be enforced by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, many healthcare organizations are beginning to lay the framework for a new layer of responsibilities in their corporate structures to create a clear chain of responsibility for HIPAA compliance, starting with the CIO. As it currently stands, …

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HIPAA Security Officer

The concept of a HIPAA Security Officer is relatively new. Starting in 2012,  we have seen IT Managers and CIOs deputized as the “HIPAA Security Officer” (most times it was not voluntary).   Much like how printer support, phone support, and PCI compliance were “inherited” by  IT in recent years, we find HIPAA Security is typically pigeon-holed into the …

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Quality Reporting: A Drain on Practice Resources, New Study Shows

As featured in EMR & HIPAA, Powered by HeathScene. If time is money, medical practices are sure losing a lot of both based on the findings in a new study published in Health Affairs. The key take-a-way, practices spend an average of 785 hours per physician and $15.4 billion per year reporting quality measures to …

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