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Help with HIPAA Compliance
Helping you understand the complexities of compliance under the HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules. Our team of experts in regulatory compliance can answer any questions you may.
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Is it Time for Your Organization to Hit the HIPAA Breach Panic Button?
by Jay Hodes, President - Colington ConsultingIndeed, it is. According to the latest statics from the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR), 43% of all reported breaches are now caused by hacking or other related information network discrepancies—not to mention those breaches that are the result of...  Read More
HIPAA Best Practices for Employee Termination
On December 11, 2018, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a settlement of $111,400 with Pagosa Springs Medical Center (PSMC) located in Colorado. The settlement was the outcome of a HIPAA enforcement action following the findings of an OCR investigation that was triggered by an...  Read More
Is a HIPAA Violation a Reportable Breach?
by Jay Hodes, President - Colington Consulting - HIPAA Compliance ExpertsJust because a member of anorganization’s workforce violates HIPAA policies and procedures, it is notnecessarily a breach reporting requirement. The significant determination isthe extent to which any protected health...  Read More
Highlights from the 2018 HIPAA Security Conference: Audit Processes, Cyberattacks and Ransomware Responses, and Breach Posting
by Jay Hodes, President - Colington Consulting - HIPAA Compliance ExpertsAt the HIPAA Security Conference in DC that took place on October 18 & 19, 2018, one of the most valued speakers, Serena Mosley-Day, Acting Senior Advisor Compliance and Enforcement, HHS Office for Civil Rights, presented...  Read More
HIPAA – A Role of the Compliance Dice
by Jay Hodes - President, Colington ConsultingSome organizations may view HIPAA compliance as a roll of the dice because, let’s face it, the chances of any type of random audit are slim to none. Those are pretty good odds, right? The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the agency that enforces HIPAA...  Read More
HIPAA – Why is Compliance So Hard to Achieve?
by Jay Hodes - President, Colington ConsultingIf you track the healthcare sector like I do, then it should not come as a big surprise how many HIPAA data breaches are occurring on a regular basis. Almost every day there is another news article announcing breaches large and small. Why is that? Why...  Read More
Protected Health Information - Striking Fear When it comes to being Compromised
by Jay Hodes, President, Colington Consulting - HIPAA Compliance ExpertsI am not sure if those tasked with securing protected health information lose sleep every night worrying if they did enough to safeguard the data their organizations maintain. If they are losing sleep, though, that may be a...  Read More
HIPAA – Can You Afford to be Compliant?
By Jay Hodes, President - Colington Consulting - HIPAA Compliance ExpertsMaybe the question should be, “Can your organization afford not to be compliant?” Just in the last two months of 2015, three HIPAA settlements were announced that totaled over $5 million in payments to the...  Read More
HIPAA Policy and Procedures – The Backbone of a Comprehensive Compliance Program
by Jay Hodes – President, Colington Consulting Within the Code of Federal Regulation (CFR), there is a HIPAA requirement that calls for the implementation of reasonable and appropriate policies and procedures to comply with the standards, implementation specifications or other requirements of...  Read More
All-Inclusive HIPAA Compliance Services for Dental Practices
Our All-Inclusive HIPAA Compliance Services for Dental PracticesAccording to the American Dental Association (ADA), if “a dental practice is a covered entity, the practice will need to take steps to comply, starting with the appointments of a HIPAA Privacy Official and a HIPAA Security...  Read More
Upcoming Webinar: How to put a HIPAA Compliance Program in Place
Is Your Dental Practice HIPAA Compliant?Do you need to understand how to put a HIPAA compliance program in place? Find out what what regulatory requirements must be in place to meet government scrutiny. Join Jay Hodes - President, Colington Consulting for this interactive and informative webinar.   Read More
5 Tips from a HIPAA Consultant
by Jay Hodes, President - Colington ConsultingI always make it a point to educate healthcare providers (Covered Entities) and those designated as Business Associates who are trying to understand the complexities of HIPAA compliance. No matter what your involvement with HIPAA regulatory requirements...  Read More
HIPAA Requirements for Safeguarding Protected Health InformationWednesday, June 24 at 1:00 PMWhy Should You Attend:Staying compliant with HIPAA involves not only ensuring you provide the appropriate patient rights and controls on your uses and disclosures of protected health information, but also...  Read More
HIPAA and Cybersecurity – More Must Be Done to Protect Patient Records
by Jay Hodes, President - Colington ConsultingThe last time the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released statistics on how HIPAA breaches occurred, the figure showed that only 8% of those reported breaches were due to hacking. With the recent high profile cyber breaches at Blue...  Read More
HIPAA Compliant: What Does That Really Mean?
Often I hear the term “HIPAA Compliant” being used in healthcare and the related IT sector. The term normally refers to a product, service or software that somehow is using, accessing, storing or transmitting protected health information (PHI). This term has become an unofficial seal of...  Read More
Being in compliance with HIPAA involves not only ensuring you provide the appropriate patient rights and controls on your uses and disclosures of protected health information, but also that you ensure you have the proper policies, procedures, and documentation in place. If audited or the subject of...  Read More
HIPAA Compliance – Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop
The expression “waiting for the other shoe to drop” appears to have originated in the early 1900’s and is often associated with the arrival of a seemingly inevitable event. I speculate we are at that point in terms of ramped up HIPAA compliance enforcement. The recent Anthem data...  Read More
HIPAA Breach Notification Deadline Quickly Approaching
Did your practice experience a breach affecting fewer than 500 individuals in 2014? If so, the deadline for reporting the breach to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is quickly approaching.Per the Code of Federal Regulation (CFR), your practice has until March 1, 2015 to file a...  Read More
HIPAA Training:  What is Required for My Practice?
Let me try to bring some clarity to what is required for HIPAA Security Awareness Training, especially dental providers that utilize electronic health records (EHR) and/or file electronic health insurance claims. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides guidance for the...  Read More
Indiana Dentist Fined by State for HIPAA Violations
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...  Read More
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
As a healthcare provider, do you conduct a pre-employment background check on all potential new hires? Do you routinely conduct periodic background checks for the current workforce? If the answer to either of these questions is “no,” you may want to reconsider and implement a...  Read More
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