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INSIGHT

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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TECHNOLOGY

Six HIPAA violations you may be missing

Is your practice HIPAA compliant? Are you sure? Most health-care providers take very seriously this federal mandate to protect patient privacy—at least in theory. In practice, however, lots of things get


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INSIGHT

WannaCry: Cyberattack hits critical infrastructure worldwide

By Kimberly Shutters, BCS  bio
A major worldwide ransomware attack, referred to as WannaCry, hit critical infrastructure and government computers starting mid-May, prompting warnings, patches, and…


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HIPAA

Texas health system settles potential HIPAA disclosure violations

Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS) has agreed to pay $2.4 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and adopt a comprehensive corrective action plan to…


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INSIGHT

Is your medical practice’s social media policy adequate?

By Nick Hernandez  bio
By now every physician should be aware of the benefits that can be bestowed upon their practice as a result of social media. Indeed, many practices are…


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BILLING & COLLECTIONS

3 legal protections to include in your patient debt collection agency services contract

Outsourcing can be an effective way to overcome patient collection challenges. But it can also backfire if the collection agency you contract with uses illegal, unethical or insensitive collection tactics. One of the keys to…


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INSIGHT

Ready, Set, HIPAA Enforcement: 2017 is going to be a year to remember

By Danika Brinda  bio
HIPAA Data Breaches and HIPAA Enforcement were definitely off to the races in the first two months of 2017. While previous years have started slower and …


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READER TIPS

For a Colorado clinic, telecommuting fills the gap in long-term absences

A large Colorado clinic has started allowing staff to work from home. But unlike most employers, it doesn’t…


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INSIGHT

Just days into the New Year and already 2 HIPAA fines

By Danika Brinda  bio
Well, HIPAA enforcement in 2017 is getting off to an active start. While 2016 saw a record year with 13 HIPAA Enforcement fines amounting to $23.5 million, the OCR has already…


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COMPLIANCE

Beware of HIPAA-related text messaging risks

The ease, speed, and efficiency of mobile device-based text messaging has made it a primary communications tool among doctors and other health care providers, covered entities, and business associates. But this convenience can also lead to security risks, cautions Melissa (Lisa) Thompson, a shareholder in…


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