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What Documents Does the OCR Request During Phase 2 Audits?

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is currently conducting phase 2 of its Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) audits. This means covered entities may receive a notice requesting them to provide OCR investigators with certain documentations pertaining to HIPAA and patient privacy.
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HIPAA Tips for Nurses

There are approximately 3.1 million registered nurses working in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Nurses play an important role in professional healthcare, assessing patients' health, taking vitals, offering advice, and assisting with doctors. Because they work in the context of a covered entity, however, nurses must also comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996.
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Advocate Health Care Network Agrees to Pay $5.55 Million HIPAA Fine

One of Illinois largest healthcare providers has agreed to pay $5.55 million as part of a resolution to settle allegations that it violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996.
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HIPAA Violations Cost Covered Entities $36 Million

Ever since Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 1996, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has taken a proactive approach towards ensuring that doctors, chiropractors, dentists and other covered entities practicing in the Unites State comply with this federal law and its respective requirements.
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OHSU Agrees to Pay $2.7 Million HIPAA Fine

The Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has agreed to pay $2.7 million to settle allegations of various Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations.
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HIPAA Desk Audits: What You Should Know

As most doctors and other covered entities already know, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is currently conducting phase 2 of its Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) audits. The purpose of these audits is to ensure that CEs big and small are complying with HIPAA and its respective Security and Privacy Rules. But it's a little-known fact that phase 2 HIPAA audits are broken down into two different types: onsite and desk audits.
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One-Third of Hospitals' EHR Contingency Plans Not HIPAA Compliant

A new survey conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has found that only two-thirds of hospitals have Electronic Health Record (EHR) contingency plans that meet Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements.
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University of Mississippi Agrees to Pay $2.75 Million HIPAA Fine

The University of Mississippi has agreed to pay $2.75 million as part of a resolution agreement to settle Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations.
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When an Impermissible Use of PHI is Not a Breach

Breaches involving Protected Health Information (PHI) have become increasingly more common in the past few years. Doctors, hospitals and other healthcare facilities have reported more frequent cyber attacks on their systems, which subsequently increases the risk of PHI disclosure.
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