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HIPAA Security and Privacy Training

HIPAA Final Rule The HIPAA Final Rule, released January 17, 2013, taking effect March 26, 2013, must be implemented by Covered Entities and Business Associates by September 23, 2013, which has already passed. One requirement is to train all workforce members. Even those familiar with HIPAA policies will need retraining, according to HHS Office of …

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Mobile Device Management, HIPAA, and Your practice

The Violation Concentra Health Services has been fined approximately $1.7 million and Arkansas insurer QCA Health Plan Inc. $250,000 by OCR for stolen laptops containing unencrypted Protected Health Information (PHI). (Stolen laptops lead to important HIPAA settlements). According to OCR, both Organizations demonstrated long-term non-compliance with HIPAA. Along with the fines, both organizations have committed …

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HIPAA Compliance: Am I A Business Associate (BA)?

HIPAA or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is a set of rules and regulations that has historically applied to Covered Entities (CEs) such as health care providers that engage in standard electronic transactions, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to help protect patient’s medical information typically known as Protected Health Information (PHI). As …

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How a simple fax can cost you a HIPAA Violation – and 3 easy steps to protect yourself.

As you should know, HIPAA security and privacy practices must be followed without exception. In a recent article posted in Reneal & Urology News a fax containing medical information was sent to the patients employer instead of his doctor. The patient had HIV and now his employer knew. The patient was very upset and notified …

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