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HHS Office of Civil Rights Seeking Public Comment on HIPAA Audit Program

by Bevon Findley (SU)
On February 24, 2014, the Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced plans to submit a new Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for public comment on the HIPAA Audit Program.

Cyberattacks becoming a plague upon healthcare organizations

by Bevon Findley (SU)
Check out this recent article from SecurityInfoWatch.com. Remember HIPAA Security Rule requirements call for addressing how a practice that has electronic health records documents procedures in the event of a cyber related attack.

HHS Issues HIPAA Guidance on Sharing Information Related to Mental Health

by Bevon Findley (SU)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released new guidance explaining how the HIPAA Privacy Rule operates to protect individuals' privacy rights with respect to their mental health information and in what circumstances the Privacy Rule permits health care providers to communicate with patients' family members and others to enhance treatment and assure safety.

HIPAA Security Rule: Fact or Fiction?

by Bevon Findley (SU)
Is a small medical or dental practice HIPAA compliant if their vendor of the electronic patient records management program says, “Our software and program is HIPAA compliant so your practice is also.”

Medical Identity Thefts Account for 43% of all Reported Identity Theft Cases in U.S.

Medical Identity Thefts Account for 43% of all Reported Identity Theft Cases in U.S.

by Bevon Findley (SU)
You may want to ask your medical or dental provider what measures they are taking to protect your electronic health records. In some cases, the answer may surprise you. Here is a recent article from USA Today that will get your attention.