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Catholic Health Care Services Settles HIPAA Violation

The Philadelphia-based healthcare provider Catholic Health Care Services (CHCS) has agreed to pay $650,000 in a settlement with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for allegedly violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996.
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HIPAA Administrative Safeguards: What Covered Entities Should Know

As per HIPAA, doctors, dentists, chiropractors and other covered entities are required by federal law to implement certain safeguards to protect patients' personal information from unauthorized use or disclosure. There are certain different types of safeguards outlined in the HIPAA Security Rule. Today, we're going to take a closer look at the administrative safeguards, revealing the steps covered entities must take to comply with the Security Rule.
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OCR HIPAA Enforcement Increases

Each year, hundreds of doctors and other covered entities are cited for various HIPAA violations. These violations range from minor to severe, with the latter carrying a maximum of fine of up to $250,000 per incident. But there's new evidence indicating that HIPAA enforcement activity is on the rise. So if you're a healthcare provider operating in the U.S., you should take measures to ensure you are compliant with the HIPAA Privacy Rule and Security Rule.
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Email and HIPAA: Are Your Emails are Compliant?

Email has become the de-facto standard of communication for many healthcare practices. It's faster, easier, more convenient and costs less than traditional “snail mail.” But with the advent of email comes new hurdles regarding patient privacy. HIPAA requires doctors and other covered entities to take certain steps to protect patients' medical records from unauthorized use or disclosure. So, how do you know if your practice's emails are compliant with HIPAA?
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Disclosing Protected Health Information for Research Purposes

Covered entities often err on the side of caution regarding the disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI) for research purposes, but this wasn't always the case. Before the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed, doctors, surgeons and other covered entities would gladly share patients' medical records with research companies. HIPAA changed this, however, placing certain restrictions on when and how a covered entity can disclose PHI for research purposes.
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What You Should Know About HIPAA's 'Emergency Disclosure' Clause

HIPAA was created to protect the privacy of healthcare patients. When someone seeks treatment or other healthcare services in the United States, he or she has certain privacy rights under HIPAA. Among other things, this federal law prohibits doctors, chiropractors, dentists and other covered entities from disclosing PHI about a patient without his or her consent. However, there are certain exceptions to this rule, including emergency disclosures.
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HIPAA Tips for Startup Healthcare Practices

Are you thinking about opening your own healthcare practice? There's no denying the fact that the medical field is a massive, ever-growing industry. But in addition to the traditional challenges faced by small business owners, medical practices must also comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
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Comparing the Different Security Rule Safeguards

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) consists of the Privacy Rule, Breach Notification Rule, and Security Rule, the latter of which focuses specifically on electronic forms of personally identifiable health information. Within the Security Rule, however, is several types of safeguards that covered entities must implement to better protect their patient's electronic data from unauthorized use and disclosure. So, what exactly are these safeguards?
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FDA to Provide Guidance on HIPAA Data Sharing for Medical Devices

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has drafted a set of guidelines to assist medical device manufacturers in complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996.
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