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Common Online Tracking Technology that Could Lead to a HIPAA Violation

Common online tracking technology that could lead to a HIPAA violation
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2024 HIPAA and Other Compliance Updates

2024 HIPAA and other Compliance Updates
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HIPAA Documentation and Medical Records Retention

The difference between HIPAA documentation and medical records retention requirements.
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HIPAA Risk Analysis Requirements

Nefarious characters see healthcare organizations as high value yet relatively easy targets. These are referred to as target rich, cyber poor.  Given that healthcare organizations have a combination of personally identifiable information, financial information, health records, and countless medical devices,...
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HIPAA Compliance Officer Responsibilities

Most practices cannot afford to hire a HIPAA Compliance Officer. So, practice owners often assign their Office Manager or their Practice Administrator for the HIPAA Compliance Officer Responsibilities. Since they are not trained as a Compliance Officer, many times, HIPAA...
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Patient Right of Access – what does this really mean?

Patients’ right of access has extreme consequences if they are not handled properly. It starts the moment a patient makes this request. HIPAA prohibits unreasonable measures when patients request access to their medical records. Most practices think this request MUST...
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The OCR and FTC are investigating online tracking technologies

We wrote about this back in December 2022, but the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has added an additional warning. The OCR has confirmed its active investigations nationwide to ensure compliance with HIPAA. The...
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Business Associate fined for a data breach UNDER 500 patient records

Most of us are familiar with fines for data breaches of over 500 patient records. This time a business associate was fined $75K for 267 records. Covered entities are responsibility to vet their business associates. This includes making sure they...
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Could terminating an employee trigger an OCR investigation?

When it is time to terminate an employee, it is never easy. Whether they are a short- or long-term employee, it can be difficult. Sadly, if you make a mistake you can end up with a complaint filed against you....
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OCR announces the formation of a new Enforcement Division

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), announced the formation of a new Enforcement Division, Policy Division, and Strategic Planning Division. Is more HIPAA Enforcement on the way? The newly established...
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HIPAA Proposed Changes for 2023

Happy New Year! As we look back on 2022, we noticed that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has really started enforcing the Patients Right of Access. To see a list of fines and resolutions agreements, check out our What...
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Scammers never sleep

Scammers are always busy trying different tactics to get to your wallet. During holidays is no different. Bad actors use the holidays and people’s goodwill to fool them into giving. Be careful of offers that are too good to be...
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HIPAA Requirements for Online Tracking from OCR

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a bulletin to remind covered entities and business associates of their obligations under HIPAA when using online tracking technology. These technologies include but are not limited to Google Analytics, Meta Pixel, Cookies,...
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Can a Medical Practitioner be sued for a HIPAA Violation or a Data Breach?

Can a Medical Practitioner be sued for a HIPAA Violation or a Data Breach?
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Can a medical provider accept cash payments when a patient has insurance?

Can a patient pay cash when they have health insurance
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HIPAA and Emergencies – How to Respond

First, I hope that all of you and your loved ones are safe. Fiona and Ian have affected many places, and many have suffered so much. Prayers for all… HIPAA Applies Only to Covered Entities and Business Associates The HIPAA...
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HIPAA Privacy Facts for Medical Offices

HIPAA Privacy Facts for Medical Offices
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