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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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INSIGHT

Should your practice invest in medical billing software?

By Aiden Spencer  bio
There has been considerable debate among physicians about whether or not it is beneficial to get an EHR (electronic health record). If your practice is…


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HIPAA

The patient privacy epidemic and what can be done about it

By Mark Hughes
In most medical office or hospital reception areas, speech privacy is virtually nonexistent. Because these spaces rarely have walls or partitions to block sound, patients often overhear conversations between…


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CYBERSECURITY

Are you still complacent about mobile security risks?

Organizations continue to fall short when it comes to protecting corporate data on mobile apps and devices, according to…


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RISK MANAGEMENT

Emailing and texting patients: how to keep it legal and safe

These days almost everyone uses email, and many people, especially younger people, are comfortable texting as well. According to a 2015 report by the…


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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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HIPAA

Model Tool: Helpful breach notification resources

Why you need this list of resources:

HIPAA requires you have breach notification policies and procedures to ensure proper handling of a breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI).



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