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, …

Health Information Privacy: A Case-Based Discussion

Key Notes of Health Care Compliance From HIPAA Exams, Inc. February 2014 Health Information Privacy: A Case-Based Discussion The HIPAA Privacy Rule requires appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of personal health information (PHI). The Rule also establishes limits and conditions regarding the uses and disclosures that may be made …

HIPAA Resolution Case Studies – February 2014

Health Information Privacy: A Case-Based Discussion The HIPAA Privacy Rule requires appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of personal health information (PHI). The Rule also establishes limits and conditions regarding the uses and disclosures that may be made of PHI without patient authorization. The Rule gives patients rights over their …

Amended Breach Notification Rule – December 2013

Take Steps Now to Avoid Potential Liability Under the Amended Breach Notification Rule if You Are a HIPAA-Covered Entity, Business Associate, or Business Associate’s Subcontractor On January 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a final omnibus rule amending the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability …