HIPAA Violations

5 Ways to Prevent HIPAA Violations – And How to Respond to a Breach

Your network is behind a firewall. Your email is encrypted. You change your EHR passwords every three months. Think you’re safe from preventing HIPAA violations? Think again — and then take a good look in the mirror. Human factors are by far the biggest source of risk, experts say. In fact, more than half (59 […]
Telehealth Security

Telehealth Security: Protect Patient Information and Your Practice

Your practice is responsible for protecting your patients’ ePHI at both the origination site and the distant site. You must ensure that both locations have appropriate administrative, physical, and technical safeguards in place as outlined in the HIPAA Security Rule...
Ransomware Hackers

Stop Ransomware Hackers Before They Strike

It doesn't matter if you work in a hospital system or are a solo-practitioner. It doesn't matter what state you're located in or what specialty you practice. And the "I didn't know" excuse isn't going to fly either. Unless you take action, you're at risk...
HIPAA Breaches

Protect Yourself From Vendor HIPAA Breaches, or Pay the Price

Just because you’re taking care of your obligations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), doesn’t mean that the vendors you work with are doing the same. So why should you care? Because if your vendors access your patients’ confidential information through your working relationship and have a breach of that data, you […]
Front Desk HIPAA

Halt Front Desk HIPAA Check-in Violations

Each time a patient checks-in with your front desk, your risk of a HIPAA violation goes through the roof. Especially considering that patient check-in occurs over and over again, every day you’re open to see patients. You might think that your front desk staff are to blame for this increased HIPAA risk. However, the real […]
HHS Consent Requirements ents

HHS Delays Easier Consent Requirements for Substance Use Patients

Previously scheduled to take effect Feb. 18, the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records final rule has now been put off until March 21. This means you won’t have access to easier consent requirements for sharing information with your patients’ other providers, among other benefits, for an extra month. In a Jan. 20 memorandum, […]
Top 5 HIPAA Violation Issues

OCR Announces 2016’s Top 5 HIPAA Violation Issues

Federal Regulators recently confirmed that comprehensive on-site HIPAA Phase 2 audits will roll out across the country in 2017, and that “every covered entity and business associate is eligible for an audit” – this means YOU. Check out the top 5 HIPAA issues according to data compiled by the Office for Civil Rights. https:/​/​youtu.be/​8uCrS60iVKY
HIPAA Breaches

HHS Targeting Smaller HIPAA Breaches

Beginning in August, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) launched a new initiative to investigate smaller breach reports — meaning those that affect fewer than 500 individuals, the agency announced Aug. 18. This effort is based on a series of recent case settlements where OCR investigated smaller breaches […]