OCR Announces HIPAA Desk Audits for Business Associates

Starting in November, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is slated to begin HIPAA compliance desk audits for business associates. This is just the beginning of OCR’s ongoing push for a permanent HIPAA audit program, which will kick into higher gear come 2017. OCR first began its Phase… Read More »

Educating to Attract: Unorthodox Methods to Promote your Health Care Practice

How do you feel about the idea of promoting yourself or your practice? For a long time, such a thing was deemed inappropriate by the medical community at large. Even today with increased competition for prospective patients’ attention, there’s a great deal of hesitation among many professionals to focus any effort on marketing or advertising,… Read More »

HIPAA Roundup: Pharmacy Settlements and OCR Investigations

Over the past few years, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has considerably ramped-up its enforcement efforts for HIPAA violations. Pharmacies have continued to be hit with OCR investigations and massive fines for breaches of protected health information (PHI). These investigations are often initiated for minor privacy or… Read More »

Benefits of mHealth: The Physician Perspective

As a physician, you’re used to the feeling of having your attention pulled in several directions at once. Many days, it can seem as if you just don’t have enough time to see enough patients, run all the tests you’d like, or even communicate with your staff. That’s why so many doctors and healthcare workers… Read More »

HIPAA and Ransomware Fact Sheet

A recent  report indicates that, on average, there have been 4,000 daily ransomware attacks since early 2016 (a 300% increase over the 1,000 daily ransomware attacks reported in 2015). 1 Ransomware exploits human and technical weaknesses to gain access to an organization’s technical infrastructure in order to deny the organization access to its own data… Read More »

July’s HIPAA Chat

The HHS and OCR has begun Phase 2 HIPAA Audits of Covered Entities. Clearly, CEs need to have a vision for maintaining compliance including having a plan that addresses administrative, technical and physical aspects of HIPAA Security, on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Pose a question on the registration form or attend live and… Read More »