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Questions to Ask When Performing a HIPAA Risk Analysis

Doctors, chiropractors, dentists and other covered entities are required by law to conduct regular risk analyses. As per the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule, a risk analysis is intended to asses potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, privacy and integrity of Electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI). When conducting a risk analysis, though, you should ask, and answer, the following questions.
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Conducting a HIPAA Audit

As the first quarter draws to a close, there's no better opportunity for healthcare practitioners to conduct an internal audit of their practice's Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) policies. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has been increasing its HIPAA enforcement efforts in recent months, handing out more fines to covered entities and business associates who violate this federal law. So, what steps can you take to ensure compliance with HIPAA?
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Why the Consent Specification was Dropped from HIPAA

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) removed the “consent” requirement from its (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, leaving many people asking why. After all, the fundamental purpose of HIPAA is to protect the privacy of healthcare patients.
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Can Covered Entities Use Mobile Devices to Access EPHI on the Cloud?

More and more doctors are using cloud-based services to store ePHI. Rather than storing ePHI on a local hard drive, doctors, dentists, chiropractors and other covered entities are making the transition to the cloud. If a computer is lost or stolen, the risk of a breach is mitigated since data is stored on the cloud. Furthermore, covered entities and their respective workforce can access ePHI from any applicable computer when it's stored on the cloud.
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HIPAA Compliance: 6 Things to Check

Complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) isn't optional for healthcare providers; it's a necessity. Violating just one of its specifications could result in expensive fines and other corrective actions handed down by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). So, here's a short list of five essential things to check when performing an internal HIPAA audit of your healthcare practice.
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Drug Company Managers Sentenced for Violating HIPAA

Most cases of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations result in civil penalties, ranging anywhere from $100 to $50,000 per violation, along with corrective action. There are times, however, when a covered entity or business associate may face criminal penalties from such violations.
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HIPAA Privacy Rule Requirements for Identify Verification

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule consists of several standards which are intended to protect the medical records and personal information of healthcare patients and health insurance customers. While the Security Rule pertains strictly to electronic forms of Protected Health Information (known as EPHI), the Privacy Rule covers all forms of PHI. As such, it's important for covered entities to comply with the Privacy Rule.
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How HIPAA Protects Patients' Privacy

Roughly 83% of the U.S. adult population has sought professional healthcare in the past year, according to the CDC. When seeking healthcare services, patients are typically required to provide personal information, including their full name, birthdate, home address, phone number, billing information, medical insurance number, etc. In an effort to protect the privacy of healthcare patients, Congress passed HIPAA. So, how exactly does HIPAA protect patients' privacy?
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HIPAA and Texting: Does it Violate Patient Privacy Laws?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) focuses on protecting the confidentiality and security of personal health information while also making it easier for individuals to keep their health insurance.
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