The 7 Most Common HIPPA Violations (And How to Avoid Making Them)

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) received more than 28,000 complaints of possible HIPAA violations in 2019. The resulting investigations lead to more than $15 million in fines.  Nearly all fined entities were guilty of the same handful of common HIPAA violations. In fact, the same seven violations account for the majority of breaches nationwide …

Dentists and Compliance: An Overview of HIPAA Dental Patient Rules

More than 500 dental offices were crippled by widely-publicized ransomware attacks in 2019. The attacks, in August and in November, created havoc for dentists and their patients.  Between cyber attacks, increases in teledentistry, and other industry trends, dentists are finding themselves worrying about HIPAA compliance more than ever before. But what do HIPAA dental rules …

New HIPAA Law Guidelines for Contacting Recovered Covid-19 Patients About Blood and Plasma Donations

More than 2.3 million Americans are known to have contracted coronavirus. Despite a massive worldwide response to the pandemic, information on the virus remains limited. Treatment options continue to lag behind demand, as well.  This lag has been due in part to healthcare providers’ concerns about breaking HIPAA laws. As a result, the Office of …

HIPAA Rights: Is COVID-19 a Challenge to Privacy?

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Office of Civil Rights has effectively commissioned a paper trail that traces a tested individual’s health status across various areas of their life. This article discusses findings from The National Law Review that explore whether certain aspects of The CARES Act violates people’s …

HIPAA and Healthcare Compliance: How COVID-19 Is Changing the Healthcare System

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic. Since COVID-19 began spreading throughout the world, it has been wreaking havoc on several different sectors. There have even been changes in the healthcare industry. Many people are questioning whether the movement to telehealth methods of seeing patients …

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 does HIPAA stand for?

HIPPA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1996. The purpose was to improve how healthcare entities protect sensitive patient information. Since this time, new rules were added to HIPAA to enhance the current levels of protection. HIPAA has several covered entities, including …