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Update: HIPAA and Same-sex Marriage

Understanding Spouse, Family Member, and  Marriage in the Privacy Rule The HIPAA Privacy Rule contains several provisions that recognize the integral role that family members, such as spouses, often play in a patient’s health care. For example, the Privacy Rule allows covered entities to share information about

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Checklist: Safe Disposal of Patient Data

A covered entity or business associate must remain in accordance with HIPAA  164.310d(1), Physical Safeguards – security procedures need to include: “Device and media controls. Implement policies and procedures that govern the receipt and removal of hardware and electronic media that contain electronic protected health information into

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Ensuring the Security of Patients’ Data

A survey from the Verizon Enterprise revealed that 46% of healthcare patient data breaches are attributed to lost or stolen devices containing electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI).  While many of these small healthcare practices are aware that patient data breaches hurt business, most of them can take

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Does my healthcare practice need to be HIPAA/HITECH certified?

We mentioned earlier in one of our blog posts that we would get back to you about the HIPAA/HITECH “Certification” question that lot of  the healthcare practices are asking about …  Certification by a third-party is not required for Covered Entities and Business Associates unlike PCI or

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60 Minutes to Social Media Success

  The first objection many healthcare practioners give about participating in social media is lack of time. We won’t kid you; social media can be  time consuming. But the reality is your patients, employees and business associates are finding time for social media so how long do

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How to Develop HIPAA Security Awareness and Training for Healthcare Staff?

The purpose of the HIPAA security awareness and training program is to educate all workforce members including management on security policies and procedures of Protected Health Information (PHI). This updated training needs to be provided to all new employees and repeated annually for all employees. There are several

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$800,000 HIPAA Settlement in Medical Records Dumping Case

Parkview Health System, Inc. has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR).  Parkview will pay $800,000 and adopt a corrective action plan

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Another HIPAA settlements for $4.8 million due to patient data breach

 New York and Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) and Columbia University (CU) have agreed to settle charges that they potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules by failing to secure thousands of patients’ electronic protected health information (ePHI) held on

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HIPAA Fines Due to Stolen Laptops

Two entities have paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $1,975,220 collectively to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.  These major enforcement actions underscore the significant risk to the security

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Vote for EHR 2.0 submission for creating online privacy practice notice

EHR 2.0’s team is participating in ONC challenge to create online notice of privacy practice entry.  Our online application requires only few minutes of customization by Covered Entities to create notice of privacy practices that they could provide to their patients via mobile, web or other end-user

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