HIPAA Archives

  • In June 2018 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance related to streamlining authorization under HIPAA for uses and disclosures of protected health information (PHI) for research. Under the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016, HHS is required to help simplify the research process by clarifying: 1. the authorization for use orRead more…

  • Before the wide-scale introduction of technology to the healthcare industry, the most important thing to remember about disposing of old PHI used to be to lift with your legs to get those dusty storage boxes into the bin for shredding and recycling. Now that most patient data is stored electronically, there’s a lot less heavyRead more…

  • The most recent warnings from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) this month concern phishing scams from individuals posing as DEA agents attempting to obtain a physician’s DEA registration number or signature, PHI, social security numbers and even credit card data. Be on guard for suspicious phone calls, faxes or emails. The DEA does not everRead more…

  •         Let’s be honest here; most OSHA and HIPAA Officers are chosen because they are the ones on the staff with the most time, and that’s usually the newest people.  While this idea seems logical it can cause a lot of problems in the long run.  There are drawbacks in choosing aRead more…

  • Dealing with a minor’s medical records can be a HIPAA minefield when a child is from a blended family or the parents have a contentious divorce going. This gets especially sticky when you add in stepparents and grandparents and situations where a minor controls all or a portion of their own records. It’s a goodRead more…

  • Someone called my practice and said I have to fill out their checklist for HIPAA each year. Is this true or is it HIPAA scare tactics? Not Really. You do have to perform a “Risk Analysis” (RA) checklist of all the ways you store, input and transmit protected health information (PHI). This must be doneRead more…

  • When can you share protected health information with law enforcement? There are certain circumstances when you can share PHI with the law.  You should always keep the “minimum necessary” rule in mind whenever you are giving out information. Coroners/Medical Examiners Information needed to identify a body or determine cause of death can be sent toRead more…

  • Goes from Paper to Mobile in Less than 90 Days with an Automated Auditing Process Total Medical Compliance (TMC) provides compliance consulting to the healthcare marketplace including HIPAA training, OSHA training, and Infection Control programs for medical and dental practices. When TMC needed a partner to upgrade its paper-based auditing processes and provide an automatedRead more…