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2015 to be the “Year of the Healthcare Hack”

Security experts are warning the Healthcare Industry and Insurance companies that they are easy targets for cybercriminals. In the past few years, we have seen the frequency of cyber attacks in the healthcare sector go up rapidly and large amounts of health data or ePHI compromised. So […]

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7 strategies to help physicians prepare for a Meaningful Use Audit

How do you prepare for a Meaningful Use Audit? Read the 7 tips below: (1) Assume you will be audited and be prepared for it. Keep records of the registration/attestation processes and documentation for at least six years (2) Respond promptly after receiving an audit letter (3) […]

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Stage 2 Meaningful Use Attestation reporting period shortened by CMS

The Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services intention on 29 January 2015, to shorten the reporting period for Stage 2 Meaningful Use Attestation from 365 days to 90 days was well received and wildly applauded by the Industry. As per CMS’ blog post on 29 Jan 2015 […]

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Latest Health Data Breach due to usage of outdated and unsupported software

How important is it to regularly review IT systems to access and address the risks to ePHI? Extremely Important. The Anchorage Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS) is in the process of settling a large fine with the Offie of Civil Rights (OCR), for violations of HIPAA’s Security […]

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Is patient protected health information safe if a Covered Entity has a dispute with their Business Associate?

How do you ensure Electronic protected health information (ePHI) is safeguarded when a contract between a Covered Entity and a Business Associate ends? Especially when there is a dispute. A Business Associate Agreement between a Covered Entity and their Business Associate must clearly spell out the following […]

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Security Risk Analysis for Meaningful Use could be completed any time during the reporting year

CMS relaxes the requirements for conducting security risk analysis from “during the reporting period” to “anytime during the reporting year.” To meet the “Protect Electronic Health Information” core objective for Stage 1, eligible professionals (EP), eligible hospitals or critical access hospitals (CAH) must conduct or review a […]

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Your health data is compromised, now what ?

Medical Identity Theft is been happening at an alarming pace these days. Everyday there is news reports about health data breaches in hospitals, private practices and other medical organizations. So what can a consumer do when their health data is compromised? And what can one do to […]

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CMS extends MU hardship exemption date to Nov 30, 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the application for the Meaningful Use hardship exemption deadline to 11.59pm EST on 30 Nov 2014 for Eligible Hospitals (EH) and Eligible Professionals (EP). The previous deadline was April 1 for EH and July 1 for EP’s. […]

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OCR delays Phase 2 HIPAA Audits but they are definitely coming!

 During a panel discussion at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) 2014 conference on 30 Sep 2014, Geraldine Davis, an Office of Civil Rights (OCR)  announced that the agency is not yet ready to announce the dates of the Phase 2 HIPAA audits. The delay is due […]

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What we learnt from NIST sponsored HIPAA conference in DC

EHR 2.0 team had an opportunity to attend and learn from NIST sponsored HIPAA conference in DC on 22nd and 23rd of September.  It was a fun-filled event with 300 + live attendees and 200 + webcast attendees.  We have learned lot of things from the conference: […]

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