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Posted 8/9/2017 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 9
The Dark Side of Social Media Posts
Did you know that by responding to a patient review on social media you could find yourself in hot water with HHS and the Office for Civil Rights? That’s exactly what happened to a practice in Texas recently. Even if the practice manages to come away without fines for misusing patient...Read More
Posted 11/22/2016 by OSHA HIPAA Coach in ARE YOU HIP TO THE NEW INVASIVE HIPAA AUDITS of 2016?   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 77
GET "HIP" WITH HIPAA: Check Out this HIPAA Checklist of Requirements
As HIPAA Requirements evolve---It can seem impossible to keep up on the changes and updates. So many Townies are reaching out requesting a simplified checklist that can streamline efforts to set-up protocols properly within the dental office--to the new HIPAA Omnibus Rule Standards. HIPAA...Read More
Posted 3/13/2015 by dbaileypt in Secure Messaging and File Delivery - HIPAA Compliant Email   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 93
What HIPAA does and how the healthcare industry has been complying
HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, has been a huge source of interest since cyberattacks became prevalent in the business world. Many people have argued that hackers will begin to focus on the healthcare industry, due to lack of innovation in cybersecurity affecting...Read More
This common 1.5 Million dollar risk you may be taking with your practice will shock you!
When we speak to dental practice owners about their patient records, they usually say the same thing, we are secured and HIPAA compliant. After a short conversation we usually find the same common holes in their system. It seems many practices have the same mentality when it comes to data back up...Read More
Posted 1/10/2015 by Colington Consulting in Help with HIPAA Compliance   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 118
Is Your New Year’s Resolution to be HIPAA Compliant?
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...Read More
Posted 9/30/2014 by Colington Consulting in Help with HIPAA Compliance   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 263
Dental Offices May be Targeted for HIPAA Audits
A little over a year ago, the former Director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Leon Rodriquez, referred to covered entities that did not realize they have business associates relationships in place. He went on to say that some business associates did not know that they were actually business...Read More
Posted 6/17/2014 by Colington Consulting in Help with HIPAA Compliance   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 2239
The Cost of HIPAA Compliance for Small Healthcare Providers
Let’s start with what happens if you are not compliant: $1.5 million could be just the start of your costs. That is what the civil monetary penalties can be up to for settlements with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for HIPAA breaches. If you are not in compliance,...Read More
Posted 5/18/2014 by Colington Consulting in Help with HIPAA Compliance   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 3013
5 Critical Areas of a HIPAA Risk Management Plan
As the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Civil Rights (OCR) looks to ramp up HIPAA compliance reviews this fall, there is still sufficient time for small healthcare providers to review, update, and even start their HIPAA compliance documentation. As I have previously...Read More
Posted 4/28/2014 by Colington Consulting in Help with HIPAA Compliance   |  Comments: 1  |   Views: 3346
HIPAA Compliance:  Not on These Dentists’ Radar
Recently I attended a healthcare networking event and met a dental practice management consultant. After exchanging some opening pleasantries, we started an engaging conversation regarding HIPAA compliance for dental practices. With more offices turning to the use of electronic health records and...Read More
Posted 4/23/2014 by Colington Consulting in Help with HIPAA Compliance   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 3209
Stolen Laptops Lead to Important HIPAA Settlements by HHS
The following announcement was recently posted by HHS-OCR: Two entities have paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $1,975,220 collectively to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy...Read More
Posted 4/21/2014 by Colington Consulting in Help with HIPAA Compliance   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 3444
HIPAA Security Audits to Ramp Up in Fall 2014
I have been preaching for a while now that it would only be a matter of time before stepped-up enforcement by the government for the HIPAA Security Rule would begin. Well, it appears that time may be coming this fall. In a recent article in Health IT Security, a spokesman for the U.S. Department...Read More
Posted 3/31/2014 by Colington Consulting in Help with HIPAA Compliance   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 3899
HIPAA Security Compliance: What is Your Sanction Policy?
Sanction policy? It sounds like what one country would do to another country to apply political pressure. Regrettably, that is the terminology the government is using when it comes to this section of HIPAA Security Rule compliance. The sanction policy (CFR 164.308(a)(1)(iii)(C) must be part of the...Read More
Posted 3/24/2014 by Colington Consulting in Help with HIPAA Compliance   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 3703
HIPAA Investigations:  You Never Know
The Office of Civil Rights at HHS will initiate an investigation into HIPAA violations due to disgruntled employees, patient complaints, theft or loss of records, security breaches, and improper disclosures. Private practices are the most common covered entities required to take corrective action...Read More
Posted 3/23/2014 by Colington Consulting in Help with HIPAA Compliance   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 1652
Medical Identity Theft: A Troubling Trend
The Ponemon Institute, a nationally recognized privacy research firm, recently released its Fourth Annual Patient Privacy and Data Security Study. For healthcare providers, it is probably not much of a new revelation that the study found more criminals are stealing patient records to commit medical...Read More
Posted 3/22/2014 by Colington Consulting in Help with HIPAA Compliance   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 1983
HIPAA Investigations:  You Never Know
The Office of Civil Rights at HHS will initiate an investigation into HIPAA violations due to disgruntled employees, patient complaints, theft or loss of records, security breaches, and improper disclosures. Private practices are the most common covered entities required to take corrective action...Read More
Posted 3/6/2014 by Colington Consulting in Help with HIPAA Compliance   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 2474
HHS Office of Civil Rights Seeking Public Comment on HIPAA Audit Program
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. This information collection consists of...Read More

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