Category Archives: HIPAA

3 Steps to Bolster Healthcare Cybersecurity

3 Steps to Bolster Healthcare Cybersecurity Healthcare cybersecurity is an issue that has become a major topic of discussion for anyone working in healthcare. Healthcare breaches are rapidly increasing, with millions of patients affected by healthcare breaches so far this year. As healthcare cybersecurity is top-of-mind, the following are steps that you can take to… Read More »

HIPAA Compliance and Working From Home

HIPAA Compliance and Working From Home When businesses choose to have their employees work from home there is a lot to consider, especially if those businesses work with protected health information (PHI). HIPAA compliance and working from home can be a difficult feat, as HIPAA Privacy Rule and Security Rule standards must be upheld. HIPAA… Read More »

HIPAA for Home Health Care

HIPAA for Home Health Care Home health care workers face HIPAA compliance issues not typically encountered by health care workers work in hospitals and medical offices. HIPAA home health care compliance issues include those posed by visiting patients in their homes, or checking on patients’ well-being via phone or video. What are Home Health Care… Read More »

Can a HIPAA-Covered Entity Use or Disclose PHI for Litigation?

A HIPAA-covered entity may use or disclose protected health information (PHI) for litigation, as permitted or required by the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Subject to certain conditions, the HIPAA Privacy Rule typically permits uses and disclosures of PHI for litigation, whether the litigation takes the form of a judicial proceeding or an administrative proceeding. When May… Read More »

Is SharePoint HIPAA Compliant?

Is SharePoint HIPAA Compliant? SharePoint’s collaboration features make it one of the most used platforms for fortune 500 companies, with 78% using the web-based document management and storage system. As a Microsoft product, SharePoint integrates easily with Microsoft Office. The powerful platform is particularly appealing for healthcare organizations as SharePoint can establish a base for… Read More »

HIPAA for Dentists: Common Issues

Under HIPAA, dentists meet the definition of “covered entity,” since they are healthcare providers. All covered entities, regardless of practice type, are subject to the same specific HIPAA regulations. HIPAA for Dentists, therefore, consists of compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule, the HIPAA Security Rule, the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule, and the HIPAA Omnibus Rule.… Read More »

Identity Theft Possible with 70% of Healthcare Breaches

Identity Theft Possible with 70% of Healthcare Breaches According to a study conducted by the Annals of Internal Medicine, the majority of healthcare breaches involve sensitive information that can be used to commit identity theft. The report analyzed 1,461 healthcare breaches that occurred over the past decade and found that 71% of the breaches involved,… Read More »

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 »