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Frankenhand!

Just after the first of the year, I had surgery on my right hand. I have spent the weeks since then adapting to not having full use of that hand for several months as it heals. That is definitely a challenge for someone who is fiercely right-handed. Most of my friends saw the incision that runs from palm […]

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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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Privacy Rule under HIPAA 2.0: Is it easier to just start over?

Changes to the Privacy Rule under the Omnibus Ruling require ALL CEs update and distribute their Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP).  There is no option, it is stated specifically.  A review of the changes makes it obvious why updates must be done, though. The original HIPAA Privacy Rule was written in 1996.  Science and technology […]

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Plan of Attack for HIPAA 2.0

Where do you get started with all these changes? It is important to understand that HIPAA 2.0 compliance means more than just having an annual training session and a book of policies on the shelf.  HIPAA 2.0 means regular training in all areas of your business and documentation of everything including regular reviews of your […]

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Omnibus Final Rule Quick Overview

There is a lot of information to cover in the details of the Final Rule. This article only contains a list of bullet points.  All changes in the 2013 Omnibus Rule are not guaranteed to be included in this list. Each entity should make sure they review all aspects of the Rule with their business […]

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What is HIPAA and Why do we need it?

The medical information a patient shares with any healthcare provider should be private information. HIPAA is the formal way to assure patients a provider takes the commitment to protect their medical information seriously. Healthcare providers make three commitments to their patients to give that assurance. Commit to respect the privacy of all healthcare information and […]

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