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Dermatology Practice Settles Potential HIPAA Violations

Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, P.C., of Concord, Mass.,  has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy,  Security, and Breach Notification Rules with the Department of Health and Human Services, agreeing to a $150,000 payment. The practice will […]

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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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Update on Meaningful Use Stage 2 Security Risk Analysis

Close to 415,000 providers are participating in the popular CMS Medicare and Medicaid meaningful use incentive program. If your practice has not participated in the Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs previously, please click on the link here  to learn how you can receive federal incentives. If […]

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Security Risk Analysis – Beyond satisfying HIPAA compliance requirement

A Security Risk Analysis may seem like just another compliance requirement, but it makes good business sense as well. Physician practices, clinics and small businesses that qualify as Business Associates under the new HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule are under tremendous pressure to meet very stringent compliance requirements as of September […]

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Affinity health plan to settle potential violations of HIPAA for USD 1.2 million

Under a settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Affinity Health Plan, Inc. will settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules for $1,215,780. Affinity Health Plan is a not-for-profit managed care plan […]

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Minimize Healthcare Data Breaches

Compliance with HIPAA/HITECH data breach regulations requires ongoing effort. With less funding and staff resources available for IT security, small practices are especially at risk. Due to the wide ranging sources of cyber threats, a practice needs to remain aware of all known data breach sources. In addition […]

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Wellpoint to pay $1.7 million to settle potential HIPAA violations

The managed care company WellPoint Inc. has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $1.7 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.  This case sends an important message to […]

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Shasta Regional Medical Center Settles HIPAA Security Case for $275,000

Shasta Regional Medical Center (SRMC) has agreed to a comprehensive corrective action plan to settle an investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) about potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and will pay a $275,000 monetary […]

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Idaho State University (ISU) has agreed to pay $400,000 to HHS

Idaho State University (ISU) has agreed to pay $400,000 to the U.S. Department of Health Human Services (HHS) for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule. This settlement involves the breach of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI) of 17,500 […]

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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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