Category Archives: HIPAA

What is a HIPAA TPA?

What is a HIPAA TPA? Third party administrators (TPAs) provide several services to smaller healthcare organizations such as payroll and human resources. TPAs that work with healthcare clients are considered business associates under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). As a HIPAA TPA, it is essential to comply with HIPAA standards to protect… Read More »

How to Become HIPAA Compliant

How to Become HIPAA Compliant When working in healthcare, in any capacity, it is important to understand your obligation to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA law was created to apply to a variety of healthcare entities, including doctor’s offices, hospitals, HIPAA business associates (BAs), and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) with healthcare… Read More »

HIPAA Manuals

HIPAA Manuals, Is it Enough? Remember Windows 95? That operating system was released by Microsoft roughly one year before HIPAA became the law of the land. In the mid 1990s, the Internet was in its infancy. “Social media” did not exist as we know it. Web commerce was a gleam in its creators’ eyes (the… Read More »

MSP HIPAA Compliance

MSP HIPAA Compliance The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enacted in 1996 created industry standards for the use and disclosure of protected health information (PHI). PHI is any individually identifying health information including patient names, IP addresses, device identifiers or serial numbers, and biometric identifiers, to name a few. The HIPAA law applies… Read More »

HIPAA Compliance Software

HIPAA Compliance Software The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enacted in 1996, set forth industry standards for the handling of protected health information (PHI). The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) defines PHI as any individually identifiable health information, classified into 18 HIPAA identifiers. PHI can include name, date of birth, address,… Read More »

Recent Ransomware Attacks Could be HIPAA Violations

By now, you may have heard about the massive ransomware attack that has struck over 150 countries, including The United States, over the past week. If health care data taken hostage in a ransomware attack is unencrypted, it could constitute a HIPAA violation. Any electronic protected health information (ePHI) that is affected by a breach… Read More »

HHS Secretary Tom Price Stresses Burdens of Health Care IT

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price spoke about the future of innovation in health care IT during his opening remarks at Health Datapalooza 2017. “People, patients, and partnerships” are going to be the driving forces behind the Trump Administration’s work in health care IT. Secretary Price commented on reducing the burden of… Read More »