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Can a Medical Practitioner be sued for a HIPAA Violation or a Data Breach?

With so many data breaches in the news many medical practitioners are asking if they can be sued over HIPAA violations or from a data breach. HIPAA rules state there is no private right of action, therefore, a patient cannot...
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Can a medical provider accept cash payments when a patient has insurance?

The Omnibus rule, also known as the “Final” rule changed HIPAA in many ways. It gave HIPAA teeth and included business associates as being liable under the HIPAA rules. I thought most medical providers had been made aware of the...
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Healthcare Cyber-Attacks on the Rise

It is no secret that patient data is valuable on the black market. Cyber criminals will try many different methods to gain access to this data. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) stated in their Cybersecurity Newsletter that there has...
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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

There has been some confusion about when and how to share patient information. I thought it might be a good time to review some of the facts from the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. Here are some highlights: The Privacy...
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HIPAA changes and updates for 2022-2023

Since HIPAA’s inception there have been several updates over the years. As technology changes, so must some the of HIPAA rules. We have not seen any major changes since 2013 when the Omnibus Rule gave HIPAA teeth and enforcement became...
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Data Breaches in Healthcare are Increasing

Since 2015 the number of data breaches in healthcare has steadily been rising. This includes medical offices, health plans, and business associates. These breaches range from unauthorized access, loss, theft, but mostly from hacking. Hacking was determined to be from...
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Why it is so important to secure emails that contain PHI

We have advised our clients for years to only transmit protected health information (PHI) if it is encrypted. We have also recommended encryption for the data at rest. With the rise of hacking, this is never more important. There are...
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What does “Recognized Security Practices” mean?

We have talked in the past about the Office for Civil Rights conducting a minimum of a 12 month look back for data security/ HIPAA compliance efforts. If an organization suffers a breach, with proper documentation fines may be waived. This...
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How to protect your organization from phishing attacks

It is a known fact that hackers target the healthcare sector because the data is so valuable. The cost of healthcare data breaches increased from a total average of $7.13M in 2020 to $9.23M in 2021. The average breach cost...
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The Office for Civil Rights seeks public comment on Recognized Security Practices and Sharing Civil Money Penalties and Monetary Settlements

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking comments from all stakeholders including covered entities, business associates, patients, and their families. The growing number of cybersecurity threats are a significant concern driving the need for...
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How to defend against common cyber-attacks

The Office for Civil Rights sent out a cyber newsletter stating that throughout 2020-2021 hackers have targeted the health care industry and the number of breaches increased 45% from 2019 to 2020. The number of breaches due to hacking or...
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Dental practices can be fined under HIPAA rules

This week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the resolution of four investigations related to the HIPAA privacy rule. Two cases were part of the HIPAA Right of Access, bringing the...
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What are common HIPAA violations and how to avoid them?

When the providers and upper management understand the ramifications of violations, then the rest of the staff typically will follow the examples that are set in place. Because HIPAA Compliance starts at the top! Violations happen when someone makes a...
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Would your practice survive an audit?

There are many different types of “audits”, so when we refer to audits, we are referring to a “HIPAA audit”. When anyone mentions HIPAA audit, most practices think it won’t happen to them. I hear so often; I have never...
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Information Blocking Rule – Best practices to prepare now

It is the start of a new year and one thing we know for sure; nothing stays the same. Rules change, technology changes, and we must keep up. We wrote about the new Information Blocking Rule last July, but we...
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Do you know what it means to be HIPAA compliant?

Be careful what you post on your website, you could be charged for false advertising! Some HIPAA compliance companies want you to use their “seal” of compliance. It is great advertising for them, but does it put your practice at...
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More fines for Providers for not providing timely right of access

Medical professionals have had a rough year and a half. This has been trying times for so many and we have had to learn to adapt to new ways of running practices. I was hoping to be able to share...
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HIPAA Requirements and Software updates

Many medical providers are so busy trying to run a successful practice they sometimes forget the “technical” side of their business. Hackers know this and capitalize on it. Lately in the news, we have heard about Microsoft and Apple vulnerabilities...
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Introducing Our New HIPAA Compliance Platform

Is your medical practice HIPAA compliant?   Do you have a Risk Management Plan?   Do you have all your HIPAA policies and procedures?   Have your employees completed HIPAA training?   Do you have all your Business Associate agreements...
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