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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HIPAA Compliance Policy and Your EHR

As many organizations have found out the hard way, there is an important relationship between HIPAA compliance policy and your Electronic Medical Records (EHR). Consider these recent headlines: 100 million…

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Outsourced Chief Compliance Officer for Hospitals

For many healthcare organizations, especially smaller or rural hospitals, resources are scarce.  Outsourcing can often be beneficial for hospitals.  An effective approach in this situation is to outsource the management…

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