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Top 10 Reasons a Medical Practice should be HIPAA Compliant

Physician practices that do not take proactive steps towards becoming HIPAA compliant do so at their peril. Here are our “Top Ten” reasons why you need to be compliant: 1.     While the Meaningful Use Incentives are optional, HIPAA compliance is not If you manage Protected HIPAA Information (PHI), you must comply with federal HIPAA regulations …

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As HIPAA compliance period ended, was your business ready? Here are 7 critical steps you need.

The regulations known as the HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Final Rule went into effect in late March 2013, with an 180-day safe harbor compliance period ending on September 23, 2013. While new rules do not drastically change HIPAA/HITECH compliance obligations for medical services and healthcare providers, big changes come to Business Associates – such as third-party administrators, …

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WellPoint neglected HIPAA compliance and must now pay $1.7 Million in fines

As announced in HHS press release last week, the managed care company WellPoint Inc. has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $1.7 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. This case sends an important message to …

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Attention, healthcare providers! Is your practice compliant with HIPAA and HITECH rules and regulations?

The Omnibus Final Rule took effect on January 17th, 2013, setting September 23rd as a deadline for regulations compliance. Not all medical practices are ready. With only 2 months left until the compliance due date, it is critical to review your Practice’s processes to analyze compliance readiness and to ensure the new HIPAA and HITECH …

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HIPAA Compliance: loss of $400,000 and damage to the reputation for ISU

HIPAA Rules and Regulations are a reality, and healhtcare providers must be compliant, by law. If the correct steps are taken and a reasonable investments in time and money are made, medical practices can ensure that they are on the right track to meet any HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules compliance and avoid embarrassing investigation, …

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Box Makes an Addition to HIPAA Compliance Solutions

“Healthcare is an enterprise vertical for cloud storage company Box, and it is growing fast” – says Box’s co-founder and CEO Aaron Levie. Back in November 2012, Box achieved compliance with HIPAA and HITECH obligations, reinforcing their position as the secure cloud platform for collaboration, external sharing and mobile productivity. Healthcare organizations – providers, insurers …

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Cybersecurity for Networked Medical Devices: Computer viruses and malware on the rise

High-risk medical technology has been found to be infected by computer viruses and malware, health and security experts stated. The warnings were given as part of a panel discussion in Washington DC, as reported by Technology Review from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Here is one example of how the systems can be affected by viruses …

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HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules Compliancy is a Must!

I recently came across an article that highlighted a five doctor, Arizona based cardiac surgery practice, that was fined $100,000 by the Division of Health and Human Services (HHS) for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. The small firm was keeping their patient appointment calendars on a public …

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