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Texas Launches Certification Program To Bolster HIPAA Compliance

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A new voluntary privacy and security certification program for covered entities in Texas aims to bolster compliance with HIPAA and state regulations – and perhaps help organizations avoid federal sanctions. The Texas Health Services Authority developed the new Texas Covered … Continue reading

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Recent HIPAA Settlements Points To Unencrypted Laptop Thefts

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Concentra Health Services, Addison, Texas, a subsidiary of Humana and a provider of occupational medicine and other health services, has agreed to pay the Office for Civil Rights more than $1.7 million in a federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability … Continue reading

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OCR Releases Details On Future HIPAA Audits

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights will resume its HIPAA compliance audit program this fall with a limited number of narrowly focused “desk audits,” plus comprehensive on-site audits “as resources allow.” In contrast, the first, … Continue reading

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OIG Report Finds OCR Security Failures

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It’s an ironic story. The Office for Civil Rights, the division of HHS responsible for investigating HIPAA privacy and security violations, is now facing scrutiny after its own security practices failed to meet federal requirements. Not only did OCR fail … Continue reading

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OCR Director Says Patients’ Interests Define HIPAA Enforcement Priorities

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The timing was perfect. On September 23, the same day that the HIPAA Final Rule on Privacy & Security kicked in, Office of Civil Rights director Leon Rodriguez spoke at the HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News Privacy and Security … Continue reading

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OCR Director Says “Increased HIPAA Enforcement To Come”

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When Office for Civil Rights Director Leon Rodgriguez took the stage on Monday, September 23rd to talk HIPAA at the HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News Privacy and Security Forum, the timing was perfect. With the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule … Continue reading

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HHS Estimates 32.8 Million Hours Of Interaction Required To Comply With HIPAA Privacy And Security Rules

Posted on by Frank J. Rosello

About 3,720 years ago, the Code of Hammurabi and the founding of the Babylonian Empire were already old news, but war chariots were about to become the hottest thing in weapons technology. Put another way, that’s roughly 32.8 million hours … Continue reading

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The ONC And OCR Releases HIPAA Omnibus Rule Compliant Privacy Notices

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With the HIPAA Omnibus Rule compliance date of Monday, September 23rd, the Office of the National Coordinator and the HHS Office for Civil Rights are giving a hand to providers and payers, issuing examples of the notices of privacy practices … Continue reading

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Five Best Practices For Healthcare To Enhance Privacy And Data Security

Posted on by Frank J. Rosello

Healthcare institutions should emulate best-of-breed privacy polices developed by financial services firms rather than other hospitals, recommends William Tanenbaum, partner at New York-based technology law firm Kaye Scholer LLP. When it comes to privacy and data security,¬†healthcare institutions face tremendous … Continue reading

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Best Practices For Healthcare Organizations To Be HIPAA Audit Ready

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Keeping risk assessment documentation and other compliance evidence in a centralized repository is a good way to prepare for any HIPAA audit or investigation, says Mark Dill, Cleveland Clinic’s security leader. While the Cleveland Clinic was not one of the … Continue reading

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