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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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5 Tips to Follow When Handling PHI

One of the most common causes of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations involves the mishandling of Protected Health Information (PHI). Whether you're a doctor, chiropractor, dentist or any other covered entity, you should follow these tips when handling PHI to avoid violations.
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HIPAA Security Rule Tips for Covered Entities

With the OCR conducting the second phase of its HIPAA audits, doctors and other covered entities should put forth the effort to ensure they are in full compliance with HIPAA. As you may already know, HIPAA consists of the Security Rule, Privacy Rule and Breach Notification Rule. Of those three, covered entities experience the greatest difficult with the Security Rule. So, what steps can you take to ensure your practice complies with the HIPAA Security Rule?
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21st Century Cures Bill Lacks Wording for HIPAA Privacy Rule Changes

The House of Representatives voted in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act earlier this month, with 392 representatives voting “yes” and 26 voting “no.” However, this bill lacks the necessary wording to allow changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.
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