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CMS has extended meaningful use attestation deadline to March 31, 2014

Due to the extraordinary interest from healthcare providers participating in the Medicare electronic health records incentive program, CMS has recently extended the attestation deadline to March 31, 2014. The previous deadline for eligible professionals to submit meaningful use data was February 28, 2014, in order to qualify for

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10 Myths and Facts about HIPAA and Meaningful Security Risk Analysis

Conducting  a security risk analysis to meet the standards of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule is included in the meaningful use requirements of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. The following areas addresses some of the common myths about conducting

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6 Reasons Healthcare Systems Fear Social Media

There are over 5,700 registered hospital systems in the United States. A recent survey of hospitals  determined less than 1,600 systems participate in social media*. That means less than 30% of US  hospitals are involved in the social conversation. Why? For smaller hospital systems the answer could be very simple

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Do I need to address all identified security risks?

Before conducting meaningful security risk analysis of ePHI, it is important that practitioners clearly understand the terminologies: Risk is the level of exposure and potential impact of threats on the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI). Threats are all factors that can have a

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Meaningful Use Risk Analysis Scope

Identifying the scope for Meaningful Use security risk analysis starts with understanding the flow of your electronic Protected Health Information.  According to HHS guidelines, the following personal information (18 identifiers), when combined with clinical data, becomes Protected Health Information (PHI), which is the scope of security risk

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HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule is Here …

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a new rule to strengthen the privacy and security protections for health information established under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The final omnibus rule greatly enhances a patient’s privacy protections, provides

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HHS issues letter to providers on disclosures under HIPAA privacy to avert threats to health or safety

HHS has recently issued letter to providers on disclosures to avert threats to health or safety Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule does not prevent your ability to disclose necessary information about a patient to law enforcement, family members of the patient, or other

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HHS announces first HIPAA breach settlement involving less than 500 patients

The Hospice of North Idaho (HONI) has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) $50,000 to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule.  This is the first settlement involving a breach of unprotected

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Massachusetts provider settles HIPAA case for $1.5 million

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates, Inc. (collectively referred to as “MEEI”) has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) $1.5 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996

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Healthcare security learning game

ONC’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (OCPO) announces the release of its first Web-based security training module, CyberSecure: Your Medical Practice. The security training module uses a game format that requires users to respond to privacy and security challenges often faced in a typical small medical

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