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5 essential steps to ensure an effective HIPAA program

By Danika Brinda  bio
HIPAA Compliance is a term that is often thrown around the healthcare industry; however, I commonly ask myself: Is the meaning of HIPAA Compliance the same throughout the…


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COMPLIANCE

The 10 policies you need to stop employee PHI breaches

Safeguarding personal health information (PHI) data from hackers, identity thieves and other cyber threats isn’t just a legal obligation but…


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CYBERSECURITY

The 10 things HHS says you should be doing to stop phishing, ransomware and other threats

HHS has published a Guidance on cybersecurity for healthcare organizations. Even though it’s voluntary, the new HHS Guidance is significant to the…


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SAFEGUARDING PHI

Traps to avoid: Giving ex-practice employees access to PHI

Your medical office staff understands the imperative of safeguarding personal health information (PHI) and wouldn’t let strangers…


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SAFEGUARDING PHI

Model HIPAA Privacy Reminder to Reception and Other Staff

Why you need this memo:

Your medical office staff understands the imperative of safeguarding personal health information (PHI) and wouldn’t let strangers roam about the facilities freely. But it’s easy for them to lower their guard when a former employee comes back to the practice, e.g., to pick up a final paycheck or just make a social call.

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NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES

HIPAA Refresher: Is your practice on top of NPPs?

By Ranadene K. Tapio, MBA, CMRS, CMC, Guest Contributor  bio
I know, HIPAA is old news. And ALL of your offices are presenting your patients with a HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP) already…


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RISK MANAGEMENT

HIPAA security can fail if the office doesn’t take common-sense precautions

No matter how tight its HIPAA privacy procedures, if the office isn’t also focusing on common sense, the patient data is…


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MULTIPLE INSURANCE COVERAGES

How to determine the order of multiple insurance coverages

By Ranadene (Randi) K. Tapio, MBA, CMRS, CMC, Guest Contributor  bio
When patients have multiple insurance coverage, at times it can be difficult to determine which one is primary, secondary, and tertiary. Sometimes, the patients don’t even know…


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COMPLIANCE

HIPAA extends to gossip as well as to searching out dirt on an ex-spouse

Getting staff to maintain patient confidentiality goes much farther than getting them to protect electronic data…


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CYBERSECURITY

Six security tips for Cybersecurity Awareness Month

According to a guidebook recently published by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)…


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