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Compliance Officer Training Shouldn’t Be Skipped

Know what you need to know? You don’t know what you don’t know, which is why compliance training is so important for your compliance officer. Unfortunately for you, ignorance of the rules is not a defense. Actually, it used to be, but that’s a story for another day. You also don’t want to say, “It’s […]

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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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HIPAA Compliance Consulting

Ok, so why not try something new

Introducing a podcast designed to provide Privacy and Security compliance information but also with a few my odd perspectives thrown in there.  The Help Me With HIPAA podcast features yours truly and David Sims, founder of HIPAAforMSPs.com.  David has his own quirks and odd perspectives to throw into the mix.  We hope you will learn a little something while […]

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We can do this. It’s easy.

An iconic symbol of on-the-job hilarity is the I Love Lucy episode in the candy factory.  The vision of Ethel and Lucy shoving candy in their mouths, tops, and hats as the conveyor belt moves past can’t help  but make you laugh. Vivian Vance and Lucille Ball ham it up at the chocolate factory in […]

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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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Danger, Will Robinson!

Have you read the FBI Cyber Division warning to the healthcare industry?  There really isn’t anything surprising in there to many of us who work in the medical industry.  The report itself kind of acknowledges it will fall on deaf ears. Hence the title of this article because the catchphrase comes to mind when I […]

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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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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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Simple HIPAA Checklist – Well Sort of

I am very behind on my blogs lately due to a lot of distractions at work and at home.  I can really relate when a client asks me why I can’t just make a simple HIPAA checklist.  That is what they really need and want because they are just too busy dealing with all the […]

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A Cloud Based EMR Does Not A Compliant Entity Make

Recently, a question came up that involved entities that said they are perfectly fine with HIPAA compliance because they use a cloud based EMR (or EHR) who takes care of all their HIPAA compliance for them. A discussion ensued ending with the question:     This can’t really be true, can it? I suppose someone […]

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