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HIPAA Violation Fines: Improper Disclosure of Research Participants’ Data Results in $3.9 million settlement

In what seems to be an aggressive enforcement strategy by HHS/OCR, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $3.9 million to settle potential violation of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and

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Moving to a New EMR? What You Must Know About EMR Data Conversion

On average, hospitals and clinics change to a new software vendor and does data conversion every five to seven years.  If you are planning on changing your EMR or already moved to a new EMR in the last year or two, you must give some thought to

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HHS/OCR’s motion to impose civil money penalty on HIPAA violation is granted by administrative judge

Lincare, Inc., d/b/a United Medical, supplies respiratory care, infusion therapy, and medical equipment to patients in their homes. The estranged husband of one of its managers complained that his wife allowed him access to the “Protected Health Information” of Lincare patients, even though he was not authorized

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Another HIPAA penalty for not conducting organization-wide security risk analysis

The University of Washington Medicine (UWM) has agreed to settle charges that it potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule by failing to implement policies and procedures to prevent, detect, contain, and correct security violations. Affiliated covered entities must have

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Office of Inspector General: OCR should strengthen its oversight of covered entities’ compliance with the HIPAA privacy standards.

OIG has recently completed a study of OCR’s HIPAA audit program and published the following recommendations: (1) OCR should fully implement a permanent audit program (2) OCR should maintain complete documentation of corrective action (3) OCR should develop an efficient method in its case-tracking system to search

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North Carolina Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting 2015

We are proud and excited to attend the North Carolina Psychiatric Association’s (NCPA)Annual Meeting 2015             Visit us at Booth #5 NCPA  2015 Annual Meeting and Scientific Session 1 – 4 Oct, 2015 Twin Quater Winston-Salem NC More information about the meeting

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Negotiating EHR Technology Contracts

Physicians and other healthcare providers continue to spend significant sums on new technology, including EHR and practice management systems, IT consultants, new medical equipment, etc.  Despite vendor promises, technology does not always live up to expectations or those oral promises.  Only a well negotiated technology contract will

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Cancer Care Group to pay $750,000 for HIPAA settlement

Cancer Care Group, P.C. agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Cancer Care paid $750,000 and will adopt a robust corrective

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Are You Sharing Your ePHI Over Encrypted Networks and Applications?

Because there is yet another major data breach from a practice which was not… It is troubling  to still find so many healthcare organizations not adequately securing their ePHI. The case in point this time is St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (SEMC) in Brighton, MA. On July 08

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Proposal to Initiate Private/Anonymous Medical Services

With Electronic Health Records facilitating access to medical files worldwide, Protected Health Information is now exposed to greater risk of wide scale data breach. Over 30 million records have been compromised since 2009, and firms can be 100% in compliance with legal regulations yet still at risk.

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