HIPAA Archives

  • In March, the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued new rules to prevent health care providers, developers of certified health IT, and others in the healthcare industry from engaging in activities that block a patient’s access to their electronic health information. Building on the 21st Century Cures Act, theseRead more…

  • Keeping track of your equipment, office furniture, and similar items for financial purposes is a routine part of business. It is tough to protect something if you do not know where it is or that it even exists. That is why making an inventory list of devices and software your office owns and uses, particularlyRead more…

  • Keeping track of your equipment, office furniture, and similar items for financial purposes is a routine part of business. It is tough to protect something if you do not know where it is or that it even exists. That is why making an inventory list of devices and software your office owns and uses, particularlyRead more…

  • Pretending to be someone else over the phone was a lot easier before caller-ID was invented. People took advantage of it in fun ways (like making prank phone calls after school), and others did in inappropriate and illegal ways. After caller-ID became a standard feature, as with most technologies, ways to bypass or disable itRead more…

  • Dealing with a minor’s medical records can be a minefield when a child is from a blended family or the parents have a contentious divorce going. Things get especially sticky when you add in stepparents and grandparents, and when a minor controls all or a portion of their own records. It’s a good time toRead more…

  • HIPAA requires regular monitoring and review of user logins and activity in software and on networks.  These reports are generally referred to as audit logs. They can help identify system performance issues as well as security incidents and breaches. You might think of them as a very detailed internet browser history report. All machines, networks,Read more…

  • The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it is relaxing enforcement on the use of certain telehealth solutions during the COVID-19 response in order to protect patients and providers from unnecessary exposure. Using telehealth during a public health emergency enables healthcare professionals to continue to provide routine care for patients like medication checks andRead more…

  • In times of crisis, processing the influx of information can be like drinking water from a firehose. It can be difficult to just take what you need and keep moving especially when important information is about topics on which you may not feel well oriented. Over the past several weeks, the Office for Civil Rights,Read more…

  • 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…