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5 Everyday HIPAA Tips for Healthcare Practitioners

Whether you're a doctor, chiropractor, dentist or any other covered entities, you should take a proactive approach towards complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Signed into effect by Congress in 1996, this wide-reaching federal law requires all healthcare practitioners (known as covered entities) to comply with the Security and Privacy Rules. Keep reading to learn some everyday HIPAA tips to utilize in your practice.
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HIPAA Tips for Startup Healthcare Practices

Are you thinking about starting your own healthcare practice? There's no denying the fact that healthcare is a lucrative and rewarding field. It's a career that allows hard-working individuals to earn a living while helping others in need. But if you plan on starting your own practice, you'll need to take some basic precautions to ensure you aren't inadvertently violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and its respective rules.
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GAO Report: More Guidance Needed on HIPAA Compliance

A new report published by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is not doing enough to protect the privacy and security of healthcare patients from cyber attacks, hackers and thieves.
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Care New England Settles HIPAA Penalty for $400,000

Care New England Health Systems – an IT provider that services four Rhode Island-based hospitals – has agreed to pay $400,000 and comply with a proposed corrective action plan to settle allegations that it violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996.
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Survey Sheds Light on How Healthcare Practitioners Perceive HIPAA

NueMD conducted its first Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) survey back in 2014, asking healthcare practitioners a series of questions pertaining to their knowledge (or lack thereof) of healthcare privacy and security regulations. This was among the largest HIPAA surveys ever conducted, with more than 1,100 responses spread across 50 states. But NueMD has recently conducted a follow-up survey, and the results were somewhat surprising.
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Is Your Healthcare Practice Violating HIPAA When Using Email?

Email has become the de-facto method of communication in today's society, and for good reason: it's easier, faster and more convenient to send an electronic message as opposed to using traditional “direct mail.” But doctors and other entities covered under the  Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 must use caution when sending emails, as it could violate one or more aspects of this federal law.
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The Rise of HIPAA Data Breaches

It's no secret that more and more covered entities are reporting Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) data breaches. From small family-care practices to hospitals and major health insurance companies, data breaches have become an all-too-common occurrence in today's day and age. But it hasn't always been this way. So, what's contributing to the rise of HIPAA data breaches?
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Note-Taking in the Era of HIPAA

It's next-to-impossible to remember every piece of information that you encounter in a typical day. According to a study published in the Telegraph, the average person consumed roughly 174 newspapers worth of information per day. Of course, doctors and other healthcare practitioners likely consume even more information, which is why they often use notes and memos. But if you're a covered entity who uses notes, you should be aware of the conflicts it poses to HIPAA.
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HIPAA Compliance Tips for Chiropractors

There are approximately 44,000 licensed chiropractors practicing in the United States, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you're among these chiropractic practitioners, you should familiarize yourself with HIPAA. Because contrary to what some people may believe, HIPAA isn't limited strictly to doctors; it also covers chiropractors. And failure to comply with HIPAA in your chiropractic practice could result in fines and other corrective action handed down by the OCR.
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