HIPAA Archives

  • All of us have routines at home and at the office. Routines are often done “on autopilot,” because we don’t have to think much about them. This might apply to a lot of the tasks you do every day like walking to the printer, sending a fax, email, or filing. However, from a privacy andRead more…

  • Safeguarding your patients’ protected health information (PHI) is a critical part of your everyday routine. What about when you leave the office? Your healthcare, financial, and other personal information require thoughtful handling, too. As reported in the Becker’s Hospital Review in February 2019, an individual’s healthcare record can sell for up to $1,000 on theRead 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…

  • What is the GDPR? General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) is a set of laws passed by the European Union in May 2018, to provide rules for protecting electronic data on individuals in the European Union (EU). These regulations include similar security restrictions for Europe as HIPAA does for the USA. One of the biggest differencesRead more…

  • It’s a busy world out there and it can be tough to keep up on all the news. Here are three compliance-related news stories to keep you “in the know.” Alexa is getting a HIPAA upgrade Alexa the voice-controlled digital assistant from Amazon, is commonly used for home automation, entertainment streaming, and various administrative functions,Read 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. They also need to be motivated to keep up with the changing threat environment. It can literally save you millions of dollars and sleepless nights. NowRead more…

  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) CMS-0055-P that was recently published in the Federal Register. This NPRM proposes to modify the requirements for the use of the Telecommunication Standard Implementation Guide, Version D, Release 0 (Version D.0), August 2007, National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP)Read more…

  • Recently I had a very frustrating visit with my doctor. As an educator with an expertise in HIPAA law it is difficult when I run headlong into someone who adamantly believes incorrect information. I hear this often from my clients too when they are dealing with other healthcare offices. It is not surprising. HIPAA isRead more…

  • Most every day it seems a new report emerges about an organization that has been compromised. Big names such as Equifax, Neiman Marcus, Target and Home Depot have all made the dreaded announcement of a data breach and even a local Dunkin Donuts franchise in announced that their patron’s information had been inappropriately accessed. TheRead more…