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In wake of recent ransomware attacks, importance of HIPAA compliance is vital to providers and business associates

In the wake of two recent global ransomware attacks, Airway Oxygen Inc., a privately held Michigan-based medical equipment provider reported that the mid-April ransomware attack had more than 500,000 patient records compromised. In what is believed to be one of the most severe ransomware attacks on healthcare information in 2017, over half-a-million patient records including …

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HIPAA Breaches and Penalties Proliferate in New Jersey

As a provider of IT managed services to medical practices and other small and medium businesses predominantly in New Jersey, we continue to see numerous examples HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) violations that are risking medical practice profitability and viability. We encounter many practices that are not aware the financial and operational risks …

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$750,000 HIPAA settlement emphasizes the importance of risk analysis

In September of 2015 Cancer Care Group, P.C, a radiation oncology private physician practice, with 13 radiation oncologists serving hospitals and clinics throughout Indiana, agreed to pay a $750,000 penalty corresponding to a breach in 2012. In conjunction to the monetary fine, Cancer Care Group, P.C has agreed to adopt an action plan to correct …

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How to maintain HIPAA compliance in 7 steps

So, your practice may have achieved the coveted HIPAA compliance. Congratulations – now you must maintain it! Maintaining a consistent HIPAA compliance program is a critical part of ongoing compliance, which includes documentation, proactive risk management, privacy and security operations and periodic self-audits. 7 Steps of HIPAA Compliance Maintenance Promote and nurture culture of compliance …

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HIPAA Violation Lesson to be Learned From This Healthcare Security Breach

In November 2015 Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital in Greenville, KY, reported a data breach affecting patients, staff, contractors, and anyone who may have used the hospital’s network between 2012 and July 2015.  It turns out that a keylogger was intercepting Kentucky hospital’s data for three years. On September 16th, the FBI notified the hospital …

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12 Great Mobile Apps for Doctors and Medical Professionals

Here is a list of 12 mobile apps that can assist a medical practitioner in their daily workflow, listed in alphabetical order. AgileMD Platform: iOS, Android Price: ranges from free to individuals to share with up to 20 clinicians, to $75,000+ annual subscription to health systems (2+ departments/sites) with unlimited clinicians. AgileMD is a web, …

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Anthem Insurance hack puts up to 80 million records of personally identifiable information at risk

In a historic data breach hackers have stolen information on tens of millions records of the insurance company Anthem Inc.. The information hacked from Anthem, Inc. includes patient’s birthdays, medical IDs, social security numbers, mailing and e-mail addresses. Even employment information, and, possibly, individual’s income data was stolen. While Anthem puts accent on the statement …

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HIPAA Security and Privacy Training

HIPAA Final Rule The HIPAA Final Rule, released January 17, 2013, taking effect March 26, 2013, must be implemented by Covered Entities and Business Associates by September 23, 2013, which has already passed. One requirement is to train all workforce members. Even those familiar with HIPAA policies will need retraining, according to HHS Office of …

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Mobile Device Management, HIPAA, and Your practice

The Violation Concentra Health Services has been fined approximately $1.7 million and Arkansas insurer QCA Health Plan Inc. $250,000 by OCR for stolen laptops containing unencrypted Protected Health Information (PHI). (Stolen laptops lead to important HIPAA settlements). According to OCR, both Organizations demonstrated long-term non-compliance with HIPAA. Along with the fines, both organizations have committed …

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