OIG Self-Disclosure Requirements

What about OIG self-disclosure requirements?  The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) created a Self-Disclosure Protocol (SDP) to give healthcare providers the opportunity to disclose when they have uncovered evidence…

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Outsourcing Healthcare Compliance

What are the advantages of outsourcing healthcare compliance? How do you measure the effectiveness of your corporate compliance program?  There’s no question that you need a compliance program. The question…

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HIPAA Email Encryption Requirements

Does the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) require that you encrypt your emails? As it turns out, it’s not an easy question to answer. The reality of HIPAA…

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HIPAA Compliance Certification – Really?

HIPAA compliance certification, what is it, who provides it, and who gets it!  The “author” of a HIPAA compliance certificate is always a “private” party or organization.  In that sense,…

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HIPAA Breach Notification Letter

If your business or organization experienced a HIPAA breach, one of the important responses includes a HIPAA breach notification letter, to notify the individuals affected by the breach. The HIPAA…

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What Does HIPAA Compliance Mean?

What exactly is HIPAA, and what does HIPAA compliance mean? Healthcare providers and their business associates are aware of the importance of maintaining HIPAA compliance. However, understanding the complete guidelines…

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HIPAA Compliance Requirements

HIPAA settlement payments hit an all-time high in 2018 following year-long HIPAA compliance requirements audits conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights. These monetary…

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OIG Workplan 2019: What’s New!

We are entering the second year of the OIG’s new approach to publicizing and managing its FY18-19 Workplan.  Just like last year, the OIG Workplan 2019 is not a static document. …

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Understanding HIPAA Policies and Procedures

In 1996, Congress enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) primarily to protect individuals and their personal health information (PHI) contained in medical records. HIPAA applies to all…

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