Shortly before the end of his term on December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the Twenty-First Century Cures Act into law. This legislation, designed to promote medical advancement, also contains several provisions that apply to protected health information (PHI) and HIPAA. Earlier versions of the bill proposed including medical research under the blanket of “healthcare […]

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HIPAA legislation requires that when more than 500 individuals are affected by a breach of protected health information (PHI), covered entities are required to notify the individuals, the media, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) “without unreasonable delay” and within 60 days. OCR recently announced its first […]

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released a statement pertaining to a settlement with MAPFRE Life Insurance of Puerto Rico. MAPFRE agreed to a $2.2 million dollar settlement and corrective action plan for potential noncompliance with HIPAA after a USB device containing electronic protected health information (ePHI) […]

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We’ve all heard the saying, “You are only as strong as your weakest link.” In the ever-growing digital world of healthcare, this is a crucial message. Hackers will look to exploit your most vulnerable areas to gain access to electronic protected healthcare information (ePHI). And they do so with dollar signs in mind since healthcare […]

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Are Your Business Associate Agreements Up to Date? If not, learn a lesson from a recent HIPAA settlement. A press release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services discussed a potential violation of protected health information (PHI) by Care New England Health System (CNE). Woman & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island (WIH) is […]

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts recently released a statement containing the sentencing details for three former district managers of the pharmaceutical company Warner Chilcott. Landon Eckles of Huntersville, N.C., Timothy Garcia of Los Gatos, CA, and Jeff Podolsky of East Meadow, N.Y. were sentenced due to committing health care fraud and […]

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The U.S Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is currently conducting Phase 2 of its audit program to assess covered entities and business associates for compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. Those selected for inclusion in the audit are notified via email. However, on November 28th, […]

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HIPAA Exams industry-leading training courses now available through GSA Advantage!® website. Denver, Colorado – August 10, 2016 –  HIPAA Exams, Inc, accredited by ANCC and an SBA 8(a) corporation, has been awarded a five-year, Schedule OOCORP contract with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). In awarding the contract, the federal government recognizes HIPAA Exams as a preferred vendor that is […]

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New York, NY, August 10, 2016 — HIPAA Exams, Inc, HIPAA Exams is a professional and management development training company with primary focuses on health care, workplace safety, and legislative compliance. HIPAA Exams is accredited by ANCC and is an SBA 8(a) corporation. The Company offers more than 25 health care-related courses that can be purchased, or leased individually, […]

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Are You Ready for Phase 2 Audits? With Phase 2 of the HIPAA Audit Program officially underway, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is demonstrating its continued efforts to ensure that protected health information (PHI) is being properly safeguarded by covered entities and their business associates. Both ebtities and individuals can be held responsible. […]

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