Category Archives: HIPAA compliance

What message does a $4.5 million fine and prison time send about HITECH and Meaningful Use?

Recently, the former CFO of the Shelby Regional Medical Center, Joe White, has been sentenced to 23 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $4.5 million in restitution. White oversaw the hospital’s implementation of electronic health records (EHR) and was responsible for Meaningful Use attestation to obtain incentive payments. He pleaded guilty to making… Read More »

HIPAA Breaches – Does size matter?

HIPAA like relationships is confusing at best.  Many have wondered, “How can I possibly understand all the fine nuances of HIPAA compliance?” Suggesting the law is as clear as mud would be a gross understatement. If you haven’t already spent time trying to understand HIPAA and its role in your practice, it may be time… Read More »

Two Elements You Can’t Afford To Leave Out Of Your Security Program

By Eric Cowperthwaite, vice president of advanced security and strategy at Core Security Considering you could easily spend days poring through the details of HIPAA, it’s surprising how little direct instruction it actually offers. If you want to cut through the fluff, you can pretty much boil HIPAA requirements down to the following: you must… Read More »

HIPAA Police –Are They Coming For You?

As reported by Health and Human Services (HHS) HIPAA fines and audits are significantly on the rise. 5% of practices are being audited against the HITECH Act and Omnibus Rule. Are you compliant? “How do all these regulations affect me as a Healthcare Covered Entity or Business Associate?” To answer that question, let’s first look… Read More »

5 Great Tools to Help Achieve HIPAA Compliance

In the midst of ever-increasing HIPAA regulations and more sophisticated threats to patient information, it’s important to know how to stay safe while also being HIPAA compliant. Luckily for you, Blog HIPAA focuses on 5 great tools that help protect patient information and ease the compliance burden: Email encryption Mobile phone BYOD protection HIPAA compliant… Read More »

How to use HIPAA compliance tracking software to survive a HIPAA audit

Wednesday, August 20th from 2:00 – 3:30 EST You have done a great job with Meaningful Use but will you pass a HIPAA audit?  Bob Grant, HIPAA auditor and expert will show you how to achieve total compliance and be best prepared to handle the challenges of HIPAA, HITECH and Omnibus compliance.   Many of today’s professionals are passing the HITECH Meaningful Use requirements with a false sense of security about their HIPAA compliance.  Upon HHS audits they are failing to pass the broader more encompassing… Read More »

HIPAA Compliance Software and Meaningful Use Stage 2

The HITECH Act established the regulations and guidelines for the establishment of EHR’s to be demonstrated through a variety of meaningful use objectives. HITECH Meaningful Use Stage 2, started in 2014, establishes stricter regulations for the privacy and security rules of HIPAA and focuses on encryption of ePHI while using advanced clinical processes. The attention… Read More »

HIPAA Regulations for Radiologists 101

HIPAA regulations are a complex set of rules and regulations that are designed to promote a more patient oriented medical system that enhances patient care. HIPAA regulations that promote the accessibility of medical records to patients and increase the security of electronic patient health information are also included in the HIPAA Omnibus Rule. Radiologists often… Read More »

Free Risk Assessment Tool from HHS…It’s About Time!

A free HIPAA Security Risk Assessment tool from HHS? Finally ONC, in collaboration with the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the HHS Office of the General Counsel (OGC), has offered a free service for covered entity’s to address the Stage 1. Risk Assessment requirements to Meaningful Use core measure 15. Covered Entities and… Read More »