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September 2014 HIPAA Update

New HIPAA On-Site & Business Associate Audits Early this year the Office for Civil Rights announced that it would be conducing approximately 400 remote “desk audits” of HIPAA Covered Entities […]

“Doctor, During Your Physical We Found A Lump”

5 Ways to Prevent Hidden Risks I recently visited a medical practice to conduct a Meaningful Use Security Risk Analysis. They told me their EHR patient records were being backed […]

Breach of 4.5 million records— More Questions Than Answers

Still, there are lessons to be learned even for small organizations Community Health Systems’ (CHS) recent data breach of 4.5 million patient records brings up several questions. All of these […]

How a HIPAA Violation Became Malpractice

5 Myths & Facts every provider needs to know “I used HIPAA to establish the standard of care.  Though it might seem a semantic distinction, it is actually quite important […]

Does Your Business Associate Agreement Adequately Protect Patient Data?

Trust but Verify: Don’t Get a False Sense of Security from your Business Associates Two recent highly publicized data breaches illustrate the need for HIPAA Covered Entities to make sure […]

HIPAA Omnibus Starts 180-day Countdown to Compliance

New HIPAA Rules affect health care providers & many businesses that support them On March 23, 2013, the new HIPAA Omnibus Rules takes effect, requiring health care organizations to update their […]

Turn Your HIPAA Security Rule Compliance Around

HIPAA Security Rule Can No Longer Be Ignored Health care organizations that have ignored the HIPAA Security Rule; businesses that resist compliance programs; and companies that store data but argue […]

Don’t believe in HIPAA Compliant Products

Products Support HIPAA Compliance but may not be HIPAA Compliant Don’t believe in HIPAA Compliant Products…or other imaginary things. As the healthcare industry prepares for its largest gathering of health […]

Make Your Own HIPAA Deadlines

Make HIPAA Deadlines for Compliance Happen While there are various deadlines included in the 562-page HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule released in January, there are some HIPAA deadlines you should set for yourself […]

Treat Protected Health Information like gold

To secure Protected Health Information first get your people to respect it If you use your imagination you can get your workforce and management to understand the importance of Protected Health […]

"Even though I serve both as the county IT director and the HIPAA Security Officer, I would not have been able to identify some of the issues you uncovered. As an outside organization you were able to gather information objectively, and offer a perspective I could not have gotten using internal resources. Your certifications in HIPAA and Security enabled you to ask the right questions, and relate your findings directly to the HIPAA rules."
Ken Peaslee, Director, Information Technology
County of Steuben, NY