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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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COMPLIANCE

The ABCs of Provider Compliance: A necessity in today’s healthcare climate

The word “compliance” constitutes one of the most under-estimated forces of change in healthcare today. Kathleen Hessler, RN, JD, CHC, CHPC, Director of Compliance & Risk, Simione Healthcare Consultants, says…


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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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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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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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SOCIAL MEDIA

Compliance perspective: How to keep an employee from damaging your practice on social media

In the cyber age, protecting your practice from the potential threat posed by employee blogging, tweeting, Instagramming, and other social networking is a business…


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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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PATIENT REGISTRATION

Want to improve collections? Start by looking at your Patient Registration System

By Ranadene (Randi) K. Tapio, MBA, CMRS, CMC, Guest Contributor  bio
When registering patients in your system, do you collect all the information you need to effectively set them up…


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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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