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Indiana Dentist Fined by State for HIPAA Violations

Indiana Dentist Fined by State for HIPAA Violations

by Bevon Findley (SU)
According to an article published in the Kokomo (Indiana) Tribune, a former Kokomo dentist, Joseph Beck, “agreed to pay the state $12,000 for disposing of patient files in an Indianapolis dumpster, the Attorney General’s Office (recently) reported. The Attorney General’s Office sued Beck for failing to protect personal information and for improperly disposing of records containing personal information of Indiana residents, which violates state privacy laws as well as the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).”

Recent Survey Finds Lack of HIPAA Compliance Knowledge

by Bevon Findley (SU)
It came as no surprise to me when I reviewed a recent HIPAA survey conducted by NueMD, in conjunction with Porter Research and The Daniel Brown Law Group, which found that most healthcare providers and business associates that responded have a limited knowledge of compliance regulations.

Is Your New Year’s Resolution to be HIPAA Compliant?

by Bevon Findley (SU)
Now that the holidays and office parties are over, is it time to concentrate on HIPAA compliance? As I said at this time last year, making sure your office or practice is doing everything necessary to become or maintain HIPAA compliance is probably not at the top of anybody’s New Year’s resolution list. Let’s consider a couple of scenarios in the compliance spectrum.