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7 Steps for Handling a Patient HIPAA Privacy Complaint

A patient voices a concern of privacy violation because the provider mistakenly emailed her medical treatment information to unrecognized email addresses. Your Notice of Privacy Practices correctly informs the patient of her rights under HIPAA to file a privacy complaint with your organization’s Privacy Officer and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). As the provider,

By |October 26th, 2017|HIPAA|

Top 3 Factors to Reduce Costs of Data Breach

Recent ransomware cyberattacks are a wakeup call to the healthcare industry.  The significant street value of stolen protected health information (PHI) makes the electronic healthcare industry a perfect target.  If your organization is a victim of this type of hacking, the number of individuals affected may be massive and the costs may be overwhelming. Even

Facts about 5 HIPAA Compliance Myths

HIPAA Myth #1 “I don’t bill Medicare, so I don’t need to follow HIPAA Rules” All covered entities must abide by HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. Covered entities include healthcare providers, health plans and healthcare clearing houses. Only healthcare providers who do not transmit claims electronically meet an exception.   Business Associates must also follow HIPAA

Healthcare Cybersecurity

With healthcare information breaches on the rise, it's more important than ever to protect your organization. Review our infographic and make sure you are taking the best steps to prevent disaster.

By |June 29th, 2017|HIPAA|

A Costly Lesson in Untimely Reporting of a HIPAA Breach

Presence St. Joseph Medical Center, a hospital of Presence Health Network, a large healthcare system serving Illinois, waited more than three months before it notified the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of a breach involving 836 individuals.  The untimely reporting cost the healthcare system $475,000 to settle with the HHS, including strict compliance

Webinar Q&A: Business Associate Agreements

First Healthcare Compliance hosted an educational webinar, “Business Associate Agreements: What You Need to Know” with Jennifer Gimler Brady, Esq. of Potter, Anderson, Corroon, LLP. Click here to view the webinar. For covered entities and business associates, Jennifer provides answers to some commonly asked questions regarding Business Associate Agreements (BAA). Is a physician practice required

HIPAA Breach: To Be Or Not To Be?

Under HIPAA, a breach is any impermissible use or disclosure of protected health information (PHI) that does not fit into one of the following exceptions (45 C.F.R. §164.402): Unintentional access, use, or acquisition of PHI by an employee of covered entity or business associate (BA) made in good faith and would not result in further

How to Prevent HIPAA Violations

What can we learn from the Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) recent announcements regarding two of the largest settlements ever reported for HIPAA violations? The settlements total $3.9 million and $1.5 million respectively and both stem from an unencrypted laptop stolen from an employee’s car. The Feinstein Institute of Medical Research suffered a data breach in 2012 of over 13,000