HIPAA Archives

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Below the surface of the quickly developing concern and implementation of essential physical protective measures to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 lurks additional threats to your business, patient, and personal information. Unfortunately, there are bad actors who have launched various scams that take advantage of people searching for up-to-date information about COVID-19, are worriedRead more…

  •   While preparing and treating patients that have or might have novel Coronavirus (2019 nCoV), it is important to remember your patient’s privacy rights. HIPAA permits the sharing of patient’s protected health information (PHI) for public health activities such as this without patient authorization. With whom and when can you share PHI for public healthRead more…

  • Every business should have one or more types of insurance policies to protect it from certain issues or accidents. A type of insurance still relatively new to the marketplace is cyber insurance. Since it is an immature product in many aspects, there can be a lot of confusion as to what a business should considerRead more…