Archive | March, 2012

HIPAA Security Reminder – Treat Paper Records & Electronic Data Equally

Protected Health Information (PHI) exists in many forms. The HIPAA Privacy Final Rule concerns itself with permissable and proper use and disclosure of all forms of PHI, including electronic PHI (ePHI). It’s important to not lose track of the requirements to safeguard all PHI. Learn more about what you and your company should be doing…to protect yourself and your stakeholders…

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HIPAA Security Reminder – Avoid Medical Identity Theft

Medical identity theft is a criminal act that occurs when a person uses someone else’s personal information, such as name and insurance card number, without that individual’s knowledge to obtain or make false claims for medical services or goods. Learn more about what you and your company should be doing…to protect yourself and your stakeholders…

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HIPAA Security Risk Analysis Tips – Clearwater Risk Analysis ToolKit

Regardless of the risk analysis methodology employed, your work must include these elements, HHS / OCR provided final guidance on completing a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis (45 C.F.R. § 164.308(a)(1)). Regardless of methodology (and some don’t make the grade!), HHS/OCR cites nine (9) essential elements that must be included in your risk analysis. Here’s a big tip – Check out the Clearwater Risk Analysis ToolKit™ ! …

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How to Prepare for the HIPAA Audits (Blue Ribbon Panel Discussion)

It has become very apparent that HIPAA enforcement is in effect, on the upswing and the consequences are serious. A recent hire by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), however, means enforcement may soon ramp up even more. OCR has hired Virginia-based audit firm KPMG to implement its HITECH-required HIPAA compliance auditing plan. Are you ready? Learn how…

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CLEARWATER COMPLIANCE PUBLISHES SEMINAL HIPAA AUDIT WHITE PAPER

Clearwater Compliance, a leading HIPAA-HITECH consultancy, today announced the publication of a White Paper entitled “The 2012 HIPAA Audits:Will the Past Predict the Future?” The White Paper is based on the premise that understanding the possible impact of the upcoming privacy and security audits will lead organizations to better prepare for audits and, more importantly, assure their compliance with the regulations. Here’s today’s big tip – Benefit from our expertise; prepare for the audits! …

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HIPAA Security Reminder – Knowing Identity Theft

Identity theft (or ID theft) is a crime where personally identifiable information such as name, Social Security number, date of birth, credit card number, health insurance number, etc. is acquired — usually stolen — and used without authorization, to commit fraud or other crimes. Learn more about what you and your company should be doing…to protect yourself and your stakeholders…

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HIPAA Audit Tips – Breach Notification IFR In or Out?

As we reminded everyone last week, it’s time to Get Started in preparing for the HIPAA Audits. We also cited Section 13411 of The HITECH Act that requires the Secretary of HHS to “provide for periodic audits …” Reference to subparts C and E of part 164 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations explicitly means compliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Final Rules. The Breach Notification IFR is subpart D. Will that be included or not? Read what our HIPAA HITECH Blue Ribbon Panel™ thinks. Here’s today’s big tip – Prepare as if the Breach Notification IFR is in scope for the audits! …

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How To Conduct a Meaningful Use Risk Analysis

The deadline for HIPAA Security Rule compliance for Covered Entities (CEs) was April 2005! For Business Associates (BAs), the date was February 2010. Additionally, the federal government unveiled its criteria for the Meaningful Use of electronic health records (EHRs) on July 13. The criteria must be met in order for a hospital or eligible provider (EP) to qualify for reimbursement of the cost of EHR software under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Are you ready? Learn how to qualify….

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