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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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Patch Released for “Smart Car” Security Flaw – Considerations for Medical Devices

A patch has been released for the security flaw recently identified in certain computerized vehicles, which potentially allows outside attackers to control critical functions of the car. Workers in the healthcare field should be familiar with similar scenarios for medical devices, which also may endanger customers’ lives. […]

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Professional Football Player’s Medical Records Released Without Authorization

In recent weeks the most widely covered Health Information Technology (HIT) case involved an offseason injury to an athlete, where a news source publicly released Protected Health Information (PHI). Healthcare practices and employees are required to keep medical information confidential, unless there is a formal request to […]

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Are You Sharing Your ePHI Over Encrypted Networks and Applications?

Because there is yet another major data breach from a practice which was not… It is troubling  to still find so many healthcare organizations not adequately securing their ePHI. The case in point this time is St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (SEMC) in Brighton, MA. On July 08 […]

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