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5 Quick Tips for HIPAA Compliance

The OCR is currently conducting the second phase of its HIPAA audits. This means doctors, physicians, chiropractors, dentists and other covered entities – along with their business associates – can expect to see greater enforcement efforts. While a nuisance for many healthcare practitioners, HIPAA audits play an important role in protecting the privacy and confidentiality of patients. So, what steps can you take to ensure compliance with HIPAA and its rules?
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OCR Warns of Phishing Email Scam Disguised as HIPAA

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has published a warning over a new phishing scam disguised as a HIPAA-related email sent from the OCR itself. The email features a phony letterhead with the OCR's Director Joceyln Samuels, and is being sent to doctors, physicians and other covered entities along with their business associates. The email contains a link, asking the recipient to click for inclusion in the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Rules Audit Program.
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Can Responding to Negative Reviews Trigger HIPAA Violation?

As a healthcare provider, you want to ensure your brand has a positive image. After all, most people look up a physician or practitioner's name on the Internet before making their first appointment. And if your practice has a negative image, it could deter those prospective patients from visiting your practice. However, you should think twice before responding to negative reviews about your practice, as this could be a violation of HIPAA.
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UMass Amherst to Pay $650,000 HIPAA Settlement

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has agreed to pay $650,000 and implement a corrective action plan as part of a settlement over allegations that it violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996.
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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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