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Malware monster wins again!

Takeaways: The latest OCR resolution makes specific points on what OCR considers reasonable and appropriate technical safeguards of the Security Rule.  If you aren’t up to date with all of your software, it does matter very much once malware finds you. There are points in this latest OCR resolution that have been mentioned time and again. […]

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They want what!?

Takeaways: No longer are small providers “too small” for OCR to conduct a breach investigation. In an article concerning a breach investigation a copy of the information requested in the OCR letter was included. The items were to be supplied within 20 days. When I showed the list to others they had a look similar […]

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800,000 Reasons You Need Workforce Training

The recent HHS settlement in the case of 71 cardboard boxes of medical records being left on a physicians driveway is your 800,000 reasons, and they are all in cold, hard cash.  Here is the key detail about what happened direct from the resolution agreement: On June 4, 2009, Parkview failed to appropriately and reasonably […]

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So, I was checking my crystal ball…..

I needed to write an article and was looking for ideas and figured the crystal ball thing worked so well I should check it again.  Really, no, I didn’t use one but it sure felt like it when I read the notice published about the Baylor Medical Center’s breach. Baylor Regional Medical Center has notified 1,981 […]

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Are your BAs hiring Gilligan, Gomer, or Barney?

It is becoming increasingly apparent that Business Associates should be taking their responsibility more seriously than they have in the past.  Although, the past could be in previous years or, for some, just yesterday.  The recent settlement of the class-action lawsuit against Stanford Hospital & Clinic over a PHI breach should provide the impetus to […]

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HHS Resolution Theme Song Nomination: I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am

The resolution agreement with Adult & Pediatric Dermatology seems like the problems have mostly been heard before.  It isn’t new, they seem to all have a similar verse.  Therefore, I nominate the Herman’s Hermits tune I’m Henry the VIII, I Am as the official theme song to be played when the next one is announced. Actually, […]

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3 Reasons Businesses Covered by HIPAA Should Watch the Target Breach Carefully.

Things have been seriously chaotic around me for the last couple of months and my writing has taken a back seat.  For the first time in weeks I have a chance to sit down and write.  It feels great because there is so much going on that I have wanted to review.  Now, I must […]

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Wellpoint Resolution Provides More Valuable Lessons

I have written before about learning from others mistakes. I know many folks in the small CE and BA world brush off the news of the $1,700,000 Wellpoint Settlement as something that happens only to the big guys. There is so much to learn here, I hope you will take a minute to see why […]

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Seriously, HIPAA Enforcement Really is Changing

HIPAA was a big scary thing in 2003 and it turned out to be nothing but a waste of my time and money.  Don’t try to scare me with that again. I hear it often enough to feel pretty sure it is a belief many hold and only some voice.  Whether people say it outwardly […]

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Jimi Hendrix and HHS Resolutions

A famous Jimi Hendrix quote goes: I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes. Aspiring guitarists work hard to imitate Hendrix to this day.  His music is well documented and played daily around the world.  If you want to make a name for yourself duplicate him, even his mistakes. What does that have […]

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