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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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 days prior. The source of […]

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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, and be flexible to meet […]

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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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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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The HIPAA Security Rule: Get Serious About Compliance The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) 2014 audits are here. The September 23, 2013 HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule compliance date is past. If you have not fully complied, we suggest you comply now. Under the Final Rule, HIPAA penalties were increased and can now be as high […]

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