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What is Encryption and Does HIPAA Require it?

HIPAA was updated to include the Security Rule, which specifically focuses on electronic forms of PHI. This was done as a result of doctors and other healthcare practitioners shifting from paper files to electronic media. With more and more doctors storing patients' personal information on computer hard drives, the cloud and other electronic media, there's a greater need for regulations pertaining to electronic media.
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HIPAA and File Security: What You Should Know

Are you doing enough to protect your patient files from unauthorized access? The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule requires covered entities to take certain steps to reduce the risk of disclosure. Unfortunately, many covered entities overlook some of the requirements in the Security Rule, placing them at risk for fines and corrective actions.
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HIPAA Requirements for Public Health Disclosures

There are laws in place that require doctors, surgeons and other healthcare practitioners to report certain diseases. While some people view this as a violation of privacy, these laws are intended to protect the general public. If a once-rare and dormant disease becomes widespread, for instance, individuals can take the necessary precautions to avoid infection – assuming they know about the disease. So, what types of publish health disclosures are covered entities required to make under HIPAA?
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Addressable vs Required Specifications in the HIPAA Security Rule

HIPAA was signed into effect in 1996 with the goal of protecting the privacy and individual rights of healthcare patients. Since then, it's been updated several times, with one of the most notable changes being the addition of the Security Rule. The Security Rule differs from the Privacy Rule in the sense that it focuses specifically on ePH). In comparison, the Privacy Rule pertains to all forms of PHI.
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Why the HIPAA Security Rule is 'Technology Neutral'

While HIPAA was signed into effect on 1996, it wasn't until 2003 when the HHS issued the Security Rule. The Security Rule is intended to compliment the Privacy Rule, focusing specifically on ePHI. This was needed because many doctors and covered entities were transitioning from paper files to electronic media; thus, creating a need for new security standards to protect electronic patient information.
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HIPAA and Verbal PHI Disclosures: What You Should Know

When most doctors think of Protected Health Information (PHI), they automatically associate it with paper and digital files. Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), such files can certainly be classified as PHI, assuming they contain personal information about a patient. However, speech is another form of PHI that shouldn't be overlooked.
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HIPAA Fines Increase by 10%, According to New Interim Rule

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a new interim fine rule that includes adjustments to the civil monetary penalty amounts for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations.
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Can Covered Entities Reuse Electronic Media on Which ePHI is Stored?

This is a question that many doctors, chiropractors, dentists and other covered entities ask. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 requires all covered entities to comply with the Security and Privacy Rules. The Security Rule specifically addresses Electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI), while the Privacy Rule covers all forms of PHI.
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ONC Publishes Fact Sheet on HIPAA Data Sharing

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT Technology (ONC) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has published a new fact sheet covering some important topics about HIPAA data sharing.
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