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Is Your HIPAA Program on ‘Auto-Pilot?’ Security Rule Requires Continuous Oversight

Most healthcare providers automatically think about privacy issues when the HIPAA law comes to mind and seem to have gone on ‘auto-pilot’ when it comes to protecting privacy.  It’s not uncommon to see offices being mindful of the visibility of … Read Full Post

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5010 Update: Extension of Enforcement Discretion Period for Updated HIPAA Transaction Standards through June 30, 2012

(March 15, 2012) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of E-Health Standards and Services (OESS) is announcing that it will not initiate enforcement action for an additional three (3) months, through June 30, 2012, against any covered entity … Read Full Post

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The Basics of HIPAA (Part 5)

This is the last installment in our five-part series on the Basics of HIPAA.  So far, we’ve reviewed the history behind the HIPAA law, who is required to comply with it, and what exactly is protected under this law.  Today, … Read Full Post

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The Basics of HIPAA (Part 4)

In this series on The Basics of HIPAA, we review the definition and meaning of the term Protected Health Information, or PHI. At the end of our conversation, you will see that the penalties for violating HIPAA are pretty severe.  … Read Full Post

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The Basics of HIPAA (Part 3)

In this third part of our five-part series on HIPAA, we will review the agencies overseeing HIPAA and also who is required to comply with this law. Who governs HIPAA? The Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) has delegated … Read Full Post

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The Basics of HIPAA (Part 2)

Monday, we began a discussion about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and reviewed two of its early provisions:  Portability and Medicare Program Integrity.  Today, let’s review the most important aspect of HIPAA for the majority of providers. … Read Full Post

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The Basics of HIPAA (Part 1)

HIPAA is one of the most encompassing legislative changes to happen in the US in the past 20 years. It’s also one that generates a lot of misinformation, myth and sometimes even apathy.  A lot of providers believe that securing … Read Full Post

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CMS Provides Guidance on 5010 Discretionary Enforcement Period for Medicare Fee for Service

Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) issued an announcement on December 14th regarding its plan for the 90 Day Discretionary Enforcement Period for non-compliant HIPAA covered entities.  According to that announcement, CMS provided a 90 day discretionary period for compliance with planned January … Read Full Post

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5010 – Much Ado about Nothing?

It seems like not a day goes by in healthcare without some gloomy prediction about the changes lurking on the horizon. The one causing the most stir at the moment is 5010. To understand “5010,” we first need to take … Read Full Post

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What We’re Reading – 80% of Americans Fear Converting Health Data into Electronic Form

As our country moves more rapidly into the widespread adoption of electronic medical records (EMRs), fear of improper access of their healthcare data or misuse of the information.  Of the people surveyed, 80% of Americans expressed concern about converting medical … Read Full Post

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