Business Associates Archives

  • The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the US Department of Health and Human Services issued an alert on Friday, April 3, 2020, regarding an individual who has been contacting HIPAA covered entities posing as an OCR investigator in an attempt to obtain protected health information. The imposter does not provide an OCR compliant transactionRead more…

  • Cybercriminals are gaining access to home and small business routers and redirecting victims to fake COVID-19 themed websites that install malware. A commonly faked website is the World Health Organization’s website. When the victim is redirected, they are instructed to download an application that offers the latest updates on COVID-19, which is actually malware. ThisRead more…

  • Even though businesses of all sizes are targeted by hackers, small businesses and practices make up approximately 70% of data breaches due to cyberattacks. Patient information is very valuable and small businesses often have less protection than large businesses do in cybersecurity. Strengthen the human element Training employees is one of the best defenses againstRead more…

  • On May 24, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a new fact sheet for Business Associates explaining their liability for HIPAA compliance. OCR is the government enforcement agency for HIPAA compliance. They have the authority to take enforcement action against business associates for failing to comply with requirements and prohibitions. Since the implementationRead more…

  • The days of having your computer work done by your friend’s nephew or the neighborhood fix-it guy are over. Your IT professional needs to be well versed in HIPAA, or even better be declared a HIPAA Business Associate. They also need to be motivated to keep up with the changing threat environment. It can literallyRead more…

  • In their most recent newsletter, OCR reminds all that HIPAA rules require that you protect patient information with technological, administrative and physical safeguards. OCR states: “While the latest security solutions to combat new threats and vulnerabilities get much deserved attention, appropriate physical security controls are often overlooked. Yet physical security controls remain essential and oftenRead more…

  • It pays to be a Total Medical Compliance client We know that we wouldn’t be the company we are today without the endorsement and recommendation of our loyal clients. As a thank you, Total Medical Compliance offers our Referral Rewards Program. When you refer a practice to us and they become a client, lunch is onRead more…

  •   TMC wants to help you be OSHA and HIPAA compliant in a way that works best for your practice. As you know, we offer different compliance packages according to your practice’s needs. We are putting the spotlight on our eCompliance package which is a self-guided compliance program that lets you keep TMC in yourRead more…