We started HIPAA Exams to fill the void in the health care industry for a cost effective, accredited, easy to use training platform. For the past several years we have maintained accreditation with ANCC. However, the ANCC accreditation only offered CEUs to our registered nurse clients. Therefore, we have decided to change our accreditation to IACET […]

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a complex piece of legislation that has undergone many additions and revisions since it was signed into law in 1996. The task of ensuring HIPAA compliance may seem overwhelming as a result. For that reason, it is often beneficial to do a brief review of the […]

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St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (SEMC) in Massachusetts has learned the hard way that their file-sharing services were not. In a July 10th bulletin, the Office of Civil Rights announced that a settlement was reached with St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center for potential HIPAA violations, requiring the organization to pay $218,400 in fines and address shortcomings in […]

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According to a recent study, it is probably not. The study conducted by NueMD, the Daniel Brown Law Group, and Porter Research suggests that the majority of physician practices may not be well prepared for the upcoming HIPAA audits. In fact, 66 percent of those who responded were unaware of the HIPAA audits all together. […]

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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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