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HIPAA: Handling Patient Requests for Medical Record Restriction

Healthcare compliance professionals frequently face confusing situations about sharing of protected health information (PHI). The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) supports the protection of privacy of medical records. However, even when a patient does not authorize sharing of his record there are permitted uses and disclosures such as for the purpose of treatment, payment or healthcare operations (TPO).

The 7 Steps to Address a HIPAA Complaint

If a patient voices a concern of privacy violation, do you know how to handle the complaint? View our infographic for the seven steps you need to take immediately to reduce your risk exposure. Take this opportunity to improve your compliance program so that it promotes prevention, detection and resolution of unlawful conduct. Click here for a sample

Ride-Sharing Companies are your new HIPAA Business Associates

Early this month Uber introduced the launch of Uber Health, a new service that allows healthcare organizations to provide transportation for their patients. Within days, Lyft and Allscripts announced a partnership to allow healthcare providers to schedule patient rides using Allscript’s electronic health record network. The move into Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) services is an

HIPAA Alert- Improper PHI Disclosure Leads to OCR Settlement

This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a $100,000 settlement with Filefax, Inc., an out of business company that once provided medical records storage and disposal services. Based on an anonymous complaint, OCR’s investigation uncovered HIPAA Privacy Rule violations due to the company’s failure to

By |February 22nd, 2018|HIPAA|

Preventing a HIPAA Breach – Phishing Attacks and Access

Your organization’s security risk analysis and security awareness training are the best defense against nefarious cyber criminals.  In reviewing breaches from 2017, cyberattacks with ransomware brought organizations to a standstill if they lacked a pre-emptive back-up plan for the data hostage situation; a few had no choice but to succumb to the hackers’ payment demands.

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|