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HIPAA Violation Fines: $750,000 settlement highlights the need for HIPAA business associate agreements

Raleigh Orthopedic violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule by handing over Protected Health Information (PHI) for approximately 17,300 patients to a potential business partner without having a business associate agreement. Not having a Business Associate Agreement (BA) in place leaves

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Social Determinants of Health

It’s a well-known fact that genetic and healthy eating plays a very important role in our general health. But according to recent research, clinical information from a care encounter contributes only about 10% of what drives population health. Social determinants of health, including health behaviors and physical

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HIPAA Compliance and Secure Messaging

With growing HIPAA compliance enforcement, information security is a top concern to all healthcare organisations. The growing use of mobile devices in healthcare industry proportionately increases the risks and challenges of securing electronic protected health information (ePHI). The  number of HIPAA violations are on the rise  and many

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Continuing Hospital Ransomware Attacks

    “Ransomware” — a virus that holds systems hostage until victims pay for a key to regain access has been deployed at least three times against hospitals already this year. Ransomware is nothing new, however ransomware targeting healthcare is. Specifically how it works is a hacker

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Looking for a change? We have multiple job openings

Are you ready to make a major investment in your career? We are looking to fill several job positions for an EMR conversion project in Kentucky. If you find your expertise fit in any of the following roles, Please submit your resume along with a cover letter.

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OCR Launches Phase 2 of HIPAA Audit Program

HIPAA Phase 2 audiit is a part of the continued efforts to assess compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Audits are an important compliance tool for OCR that supplements OCR’s other enforcement tools, such as complaint

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Sample OCR HIPAA Audit Address Verification Email

Phase 2 of OCR’s HIPAA audit program is currently underway.   OCR has begun to obtain and verify contact information to identify covered entities and business associates of various types and determine which are appropriate to be included in potential auditee pools.  Communications from OCR will be sent

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HIPAA Violation Fines: North Memorial’s settlement underscores the importance of executing HIPAA business associate agreements which resulted in a $1.55 million fine

North Memorial Health Care of Minnesota has agreed to pay $1,550,000 to settle charges that it potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules by failing to enter into a business associate agreement with a major contractor and failing

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HIPAA Violation Fines: Improper Disclosure of Research Participants’ Data Results in $3.9 million settlement

In what seems to be an aggressive enforcement strategy by HHS/OCR, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $3.9 million to settle potential violation of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and

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Meaningful Use Prepayment Audit Notification

Prepayment and post payment audit is underway for the providers who have attested for Meaningful use incentives for the reporting year 2015 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Figliozzi & Company,CPAs  technology as required in Section 13411 of the Health Information Technology

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