Shortly before the end of his term on December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the Twenty-First Century Cures Act into law. This legislation, designed to promote medical advancement, also contains several provisions that apply to protected health information (PHI) and HIPAA. Earlier versions of the bill proposed including medical research under the blanket of “healthcare […]

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HIPAA legislation requires that when more than 500 individuals are affected by a breach of protected health information (PHI), covered entities are required to notify the individuals, the media, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) “without unreasonable delay” and within 60 days. OCR recently announced its first […]

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released a statement pertaining to a settlement with MAPFRE Life Insurance of Puerto Rico. MAPFRE agreed to a $2.2 million dollar settlement and corrective action plan for potential noncompliance with HIPAA after a USB device containing electronic protected health information (ePHI) […]

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We’ve all heard the saying, “You are only as strong as your weakest link.” In the ever-growing digital world of healthcare, this is a crucial message. Hackers will look to exploit your most vulnerable areas to gain access to electronic protected healthcare information (ePHI). And they do so with dollar signs in mind since healthcare […]

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Are Your Business Associate Agreements Up to Date? If not, learn a lesson from a recent HIPAA settlement. A press release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services discussed a potential violation of protected health information (PHI) by Care New England Health System (CNE). Woman & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island (WIH) is […]

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts recently released a statement containing the sentencing details for three former district managers of the pharmaceutical company Warner Chilcott. Landon Eckles of Huntersville, N.C., Timothy Garcia of Los Gatos, CA, and Jeff Podolsky of East Meadow, N.Y. were sentenced due to committing health care fraud and […]

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The U.S Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is currently conducting Phase 2 of its audit program to assess covered entities and business associates for compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. Those selected for inclusion in the audit are notified via email. However, on November 28th, […]

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By Erin Azuse, RN BSN  PURPOSE OF COURSE This course is designed to provide Health Care Industry Representatives with a solid understanding of HIPAA legislation. Though Health Care Industry Representatives will have varying levels of access to Protected Health Information, it is extremely important that they understand how to provide for the privacy and security […]

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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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