The Joint Commission formulated the National Patient Safety Goals as standards to help improve the safety of patients by focusing on problems in healthcare safety and initiatives in place for solving them. These goals are broken into 5 categories: Ambulatory Health Care, Behavioral Health Care, Critical Access Hospital, Home Care and Hospital. They should be […]

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HIPAA had significant changes in their leadership and approaches for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). With that in mind, there will be a lot of activity on the HIPAA homefront this year. The OCR is responsible for a number of regional offices and enforcement efforts which are due to take place this year, but […]

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HIPAA laws continue to be violated with data breaches occurring in covered entities and by their business associates. With so many rules and regulations, and so much data being transmitted and, recorded, can HIPAA enforce civil or criminal penalties with so many organizations both knowingly and unknowingly in violation on a frequent basis? Data breaches […]

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As physicians conduct business and see patients using smart technology, the window for physicians to violate the HIPAA laws is great. While using technology makes things much easier and physicians can converse back and forth with other physicians in an efficient manner, the lines become blurred when physicians converse on text messaging about a patient […]

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HIPAA violations can be financially crippling for organizations, as penalties can be as little as $100 or as much as $50,000 per violation. One of the most alarming aspects of HIPAA breaches is that one instance within your organization can result in hundreds, or even thousands of HIPAA violations. All covered entities must report any […]

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A HIPAA Compliance Officer is essential in making sure your compliance plan is being carried out throughout the organization. Many organizations have a compliance officer, or a compliance committee to handle these responsibilities. There are a number of duties attached to this position that weigh heavily on whether or not your organization meets the criteria […]

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Having an effective compliance plan in place is crucial to meeting the requirements of every HIPAA law and regulations There are a number of steps involved in the development of the plan, starting with having a designated compliance officer, or committee to make sure all key requirements are met. The compliance team or officer should […]

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When putting together your organization’s strategy for HIPAA compliance, it is important to know and understand the rules of the system to ensure your training and documentation protocols are error-free and are consistent with the outlined standards. The HIPAA Laws and Regulations are segmented into five specific rules that your entire team should be well […]

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HIPAA Compliance is quickly becoming a hot-button issue among covered entities and their business associates as deadlines loom and penalties abound. Knowing the hurdles coming down the pipeline can help you stay a step ahead in your compliance efforts. According to a recent survey, over 54% of the organizations who are compelled to abide by […]

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The security of your organization is a high priority, especially when dealing with PHI and medical records. There are many causes of breaches in security, and knowing which issues pose the most risk for your facility is key. While security issues compound and grow larger based on the size and scope of your organization, having […]

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