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Update on HIPAA Phase 2 Audits from HIPAA Conference 2017

Linda Sanches from Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provided much anticipated updates on Phase 2 HIPAA audit activities at the annual HIPAA conference. NIST and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), co-hosted the

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Improper faxing of sensitive patient data results in HIPAA penalties

St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center Inc. (St. Luke’s) has paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $387,200 to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and agreed to implement a comprehensive corrective action plan. St. Luke’s

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Ransomware Threat to Healthcare Organizations

While the spread of the recent endemic Ransomware has slowed down for now, this incident serves as a reminder to ensure adequate precautions are in place. New forms of this class of malware are deployed often, and several variations of the Wannacrypt edition have already been identified.

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Repeal of ACA: Potential Effect on Healthcare Organizations

With the change of U.S. administration, we can expect certain healthcare regulations to be affected.  Currently the main proposition is to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  From an IT standpoint, this would not reduce the responsibilities of healthcare providers to secure patient data.  HITECH

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HIPAA Compliance 2016 Year in Review

Planning for the upcoming year is a chance to review the main developments in Healthcare IT HPAA Compliance from 2016 that will affect providers, business associates, and patients. Priorities remain to uphold confidentiality, integrity, and availability of patient data, factoring in the latest proceedings in technological and

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