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HIPAA/HITECH assessment for Healthcare Business Associates

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ( Section 13411 of the HITECH Act) requires HHS to consider Healthcare Business Associates like the healthcare covered entities. Business associates are required to comply with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and Breach Notification standards just like the

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Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Audit

How to Prepare for Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Audit – Are you prepared for the ongoing CMS audit? – Do you maintain adequate documentation to prove meaningful use core, menu and CQM rules are met? – Is your security risk analysis and mitigation plan updated? Among other things, the

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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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Full-time/Part-time Healthcare IT Auditors

Overview  EHR 2.0 is seeking a passionate and experienced IT auditor with a strong technical audit background. As a team member of growing healthcare security and compliance services division, the ideal candidate will be responsible for coordinating HIPAA assessment, implementing recommendations and providing other consulting services for

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OCR/HHS HIPAA/HITECH Audit preparations for Healthcare Organisations

Among other things, the HITECH Act significantly strengthened HIPAA enforcement activities. In addition to increasing penalties, allowing enforcement by state attorneys general, requiring notices of breaches, and making business associates directly subject to penalties, the HITECH Act mandated that Office for Civil Rights of HHS conduct HIPAA

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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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HIPAA Security Vulnerability

What is the Heartbleed bug? The Heartbleed bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. OpenSSL is an implementation of the SSL/TLS encryption protocol used to protect the privacy of Internet communications between two parties.  Many websites and applications like email, Instant messaging

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