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HIPAA modifications to strengthen the firearm background check system

On January 4, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) moved forward on the Administration’s commitment to modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to expressly permit certain covered entities to disclose to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) […]

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Enable a firewall on Windows and Mac OS X

To protect the healthcare practice network from the spread of viruses and malware, it’s recommended that all computers to have a firewall installed, enabled and configured to block malicious traffic. A firewall provides a layer of protection between your computer and the internet. It serves as a […]

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Another HIPAA penalty for not conducting organization-wide security risk analysis

The University of Washington Medicine (UWM) has agreed to settle charges that it potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule by failing to implement policies and procedures to prevent, detect, contain, and correct security violations. Affiliated covered entities must have […]

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Introduction to Security Risk Assessment ( SRA) for Meaningful Use and HIPAA Compliance

Whether enrolled in CMS Meaningful Use or falling under jurisdiction of HIPAA requirements, a thorough Risk Analysis/Assessment is a requirement to avoid penalties. During the process of claiming MU incentive payments, the organization must attest an SRA has been completed then would be forced to payback funds […]

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Secure Online Shopping Tips for Healthcare Practices

With online holiday shopping season underway, healthcare information security best practices need to be enforced as workforce handling patient data is actively engaged in online shopping as well. When making a purchase requiring account information, including credit cards or personal identification, users should be confident their computer […]

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Office of Inspector General: OCR should strengthen its oversight of covered entities’ compliance with the HIPAA privacy standards.

OIG has recently completed a study of OCR’s HIPAA audit program and published the following recommendations: (1) OCR should fully implement a permanent audit program (2) OCR should maintain complete documentation of corrective action (3) OCR should develop an efficient method in its case-tracking system to search […]

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2015 Meaningful Use Final Rule Released

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released final rules for 2015 Meaningful Use that simplify requirements and add new liabilities for providers. For the EHR Incentive Programs in 2015 through 2017, major provisions […]

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North Carolina Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting 2015

We are proud and excited to attend the North Carolina Psychiatric Association’s (NCPA)Annual Meeting 2015             Visit us at Booth #5 NCPA  2015 Annual Meeting and Scientific Session 1 – 4 Oct, 2015 Twin Quater Winston-Salem NC More information about the meeting […]

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Negotiating EHR Technology Contracts

Physicians and other healthcare providers continue to spend significant sums on new technology, including EHR and practice management systems, IT consultants, new medical equipment, etc.  Despite vendor promises, technology does not always live up to expectations or those oral promises.  Only a well negotiated technology contract will […]

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Cancer Care Group to pay $750,000 for HIPAA settlement

Cancer Care Group, P.C. agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Cancer Care paid $750,000 and will adopt a robust corrective […]

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