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Plan Your HIPAA Tasks For 2016

Are you already looking forward to that summer vacation? Do you have it circled in red on your office calendar so your co-workers can see it (and be a little bit jealous?). Although they’re not circled in red, you likely also have times blocked off on your calendar for a dentist visit, an annual physical, […]

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Cha-cha-cha

Someone once said that an optimist is a person who knows if they take one step forward and one step back not to be discouraged, they are just doing the Cha-cha-cha.  I have been trying to take that advice and cha-cha-cha my way through recovery.  As I do so, I realize that is exactly what […]

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And the hits just keep on coming!

Takeaways: Yet another notice that HIPAA enforcement and liability is not something to keep putting off until later.  The web of liability means it is no longer just yourself you have to worry about being caught up in audits or breaches. And the hits just keep on coming!  She says dripping with sarcasm….. If you […]

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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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Business Associate Agreement – Yours, Mine, or Ours?

Takeaways: Updated BAA deadline is Sept 23, 2014 and 5 Tips for managing your BAAs. Who is really in control of the content of the Business Associate Agreements to be signed? It has been a frequent question now that BAAs are required everywhere.  Just who gets to control what is in the BAA gets down […]

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Dodo

HIPAA One and Done has Gone the Way of the Dodo

Takeaway for today:  It is time to completely rethink the way you look at HIPAA Compliance requirements in your business.  HIPAA Compliance has changed.  It is no longer something you can just check off your list once or twice a year. A practice administrator told me she uses the phrase One and Done often for the things she […]

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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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Bite the Bullet

5 Tips to Just Get Your Risk Analysis Done

Doing a Security Risk Analysis is high on many lists right now.  Not only is it the number one thing OCR has defined as not being done properly, but it is also a required element for Meaningful Use attestation.  We have been getting a lot of traffic to our Risk Analysis Content page most likely […]

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Breach Is Gonna Get You!

Gamblers spend years and fortunes trying to “beat the odds” often to no avail.  They know they are taking a major risk but they are looking for the big payoff.   If you are a numbers person, you boil things down to statistics or dollars and cents.  Those numbers help you make decisions based on […]

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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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