Ransomware and HIPAA: trends and what to do

Ransomware attacks in the healthcare industry have become increasingly common in recent years, threatening patient care, disrupting daily operations, and possibly compromising protected health information (PHI). Under HIPAA rules, organizations…

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A Proposed HIPAA Rule Change for 2023

A proposed HIPAA Rule change for 2023 was an early Christmas gift from the Health and Human Services Department (HHS)! On December 21, 2022, HHS released a proposed rule covering…

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Is Zoom HIPAA Compliant?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is the federal law that required the creation of national standards to protect sensitive patient health information. And the question “Is Zoom…

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Critical Access Hospital Compliance Plan

Is there anything particularly special about a Critical Access Hospital Compliance Plan? Not really; the same Office of Inspector General Guidance for Hospital Compliance Plans applies to critical access hospitals…

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What is a Corporate Integrity Agreement?

It seems these days the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department is always busy with settlements or enforcements with healthcare providers. When the…

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Risk Assessment for a Breach of PHI

When should you do a risk assessment for a breach of PHI? The short answer is any time you have a confirmed unauthorized disclosure of protected health information (PHI). The…

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Is Office 365 HIPAA Compliant?

Is Office 365 HIPAA compliant?  A critical question, considering the worldwide usage of this program/application.  “Office”, which is created by Microsoft, holds several tools for your business. These tools include…

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HIPAA Encryption – Required or Not?

Does HIPAA require encryption? Well … encryption is not yet required to be HIPAA-compliant, but it is recommended. You must ensure that your ePHI (electronic Protected Health Information) is protected…

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HIPAA Text Messaging – How Compliant is it?

Since so many people use text messaging, healthcare organizations may ask, “Is texting HIPAA compliant? And if so, how can I ensure I’m doing it right?” Although the government has…

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