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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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Sue for HIPAA Negligence? No way. Way!

Takeaways: HIPAA keeps getting more important to the business for CEs and BAs but who is going to have to learn the hard way for your office to take note? The Connecticut case of Emily Byrne vs. Avery Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology involves a patient who sued a healthcare clinic that released her medical records […]

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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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The fines are coming! The fines are coming!

To borrow from Longfellow’s poem: Listen my children and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, In this case, it isn’t a midnight ride but a late afternoon speech by Jerome B. Meites, a chief regional civil rights counsel at HHS, in Chicago.  Historians say Revere never uttered the famous phrase and neither […]

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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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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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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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Aristotle, Galileo and Newton’s Laws Apply to the Omnibus Final Rule Deadline

Aristotle first started to theorize about the laws of physics including the law of inertia.  Galileo restated Aristotle a bit and added his own twists to the concepts.  When we finally got Newton’s two cents added we got to this scientific statement:  A body will keep its speed and direction so long as no force […]

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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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Why should you worry about patient’s privacy?

In a recent conversation at a MGMA conference an administrator said he hadn’t decided about HIPAA yet.  “He might just risk it. ” While I wasn’t seriously shocked by the comment, I felt serious concern for their patients. Sure, everyone has to decide what they are going to do concerning their obligation to comply.  There […]

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