The Ultimate HIPAA Compliance Checklist

The Ultimate HIPAA Compliance Checklist In 2018, Anthem suffered a series of cyberattacks that led to the most significant health data breach in U.S. history. The breach exposed the protected health information of nearly 79 million people. As a result, Anthem agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services …

What is HIPAA privacy?

While most people know HIPAA for compliance, those standards were derived as part of the HIPAA Privacy Rule. This rule was designed to protect the medical records and other personal health information of individuals. Who does the privacy rule apply to? This rule applies to anyone handling and transmitting healthcare …

What is HIPAA law?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed in 1996 and is regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure the privacy and security of protected health information (PHI). Why was this law created? This law was designed to reduce the possibility of abuse or …

What is a HIPAA covered entity?

To be HIPAA compliant, there are certain rules and regulations. HIPAA covered entities are those who must comply, and they can be a person, institution or organization. Currently, there are three categories of covered entities: Health plans These entities include health insurance companies; HMOs, or Health Maintenance Organizations; employer-sponsored health …

Are You Ready for Phase 2 Audits?

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 …

Prince’s Death: A Lesson in HIPAA Violations?

On April 21, 2016, our social media feeds, newscasts, and radio broadcasts were inundated with the announcement that the musical legend Prince was found dead. Just as quickly as this news broke, reports also began to surface stating that Prince had received emergency medical treatment for a drug overdose six …

Proposed Rule to Replace Meaningful Use With Advancing Care Information

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services released a set of proposed rules that would replace the current Meaningful Use program for Medicare physicians with the Advancing Care Information program. According to the CMS, “The proposal for Advancing Care Information is designed to simplify requirements, support patient care, …