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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
HIPAA Compliance and Patient Communications
At Superstition Springs Endodontics, we have been discussing the secure, electronic reports that we send back to our referring offices.  As you can imagine, when working with different offices with different email services, each computer with different mail settings, security settings on different...  Read More
We all agree that OSHA & HIPAA compliance can be an overwhelming & daunting task
You can book your FREE OSHA/HIPAA Discovery Meetings for 2019. Watch the video below to find out more and click on the blue link afterwards to reserve your place.  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: Who Can You Trust?
A tenured employee of the emergency department of Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn is alleged to have stolen the protected health information of at least 100 individuals while working at the hospital and disclosed that information to another individual using an encrypted smartphone app.In June...  Read More
Annual HIPAA Requirements – What Every Dentist Must Do!
HIPAA Un-Riddled!What happened to the day when you unlocked the office, turned on the suction, picked up a handpiece and straight-up - practiced dentistry? Electronic Communication (E/C) has taken the innocence of practicing dentistry right out of our hands!  While it provides instant information...  Read More
Nurse Fired for Social Media Violation
A nurse at a Texas children’s hospital has been fired for violating HIPAA by posting protected health information on a social media website.The pediatric nurse posted comments on Facebook about a rare case of measles at the hospital.  While the nurse did not post the child’s name on Facebook, her...  Read More
LABS AND BUSINESS ASSOCIATE AGREEMENTS
Many Smart Training clients conduct business with dental laboratories. We’re often asked about Business Associate Agreements between our clients and labs.Many times, the lab has told our practice client that the lab is a Covered Entity under HIPAA, and that a BAA is not required.  However, if the...  Read More
Risks to Privacy:  Focused on the Wrong Things?
The Center for Identity at the University of Texas at Austin reminds us that the odds of dying in an airplane crash this year are approximately 1 in 11,000,000.  The odds of your pre-18 child being abducted by a stranger are 1 in 1.5 million.   However, your odds of being an identity theft victim...  Read More
Facebook - Hidden Traps
You’re at your desk, working away, when you receive a message from a Facebook friend. You click on the link. Congratulations! You’ve just fallen for the latest social media adware scam. While little is known about the adware or those behind it, the adware uses Facebook Messenger to track your web...  Read More
HIPAA Changes Unlikely for 2019
Smart Training’s Certified HIPAA Professional says it’s unlikely there will be any substantive changes to patient privacy documents or to HIPAA policies for 2019. “I think we’re a couple of years away from seeing big changes in the way HIPAA is managed and enforced,” Jim Moore said recently.  “That...  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
HIPAA Class Action Lawsuits a Reality
For the past several years, we’ve been warning clients of the dangers of class action lawsuits filed against practices that breach patient privacy.  A good example is the class action lawsuit filed in the wake of an employee-related data breach at Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Alabama in 2014. In...  Read More
IGNORE HIPAA AT YOUR PERIL!
Three years ago, Dr. Joseph Beck became the , sending a warning to dental offices nationwide about HIPAA compliance.  Until that point, dental offices had avoided fines for patient privacy noncompliance. The penalty Dr. Beck paid was not issued by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office...  Read More
Why Tell Patients You’re Safelock Certified®?
A recent survey conducted by health insurer Aetna explored consumer attitudes toward health care, relationships with their providers, and what they view as the most important aspects of healthcare. The Health Ambitions Study was conducted using responses from 1,000 consumers aged 18 and above, with...  Read More
DOJ Taking Hard Line on Individual HIPAA Violations
A former University of Pittsburgh Medical Center patient information coordinator has been indicted by a federal grand jury over criminal violations of HIPAA Rules. Linda Sue Kalina was charged in a six-count indictment that included wrongfully obtaining and disclosing the protected health...  Read More
What Are HIPAA Physical Safeguards?
Under HIPAA, specific procedures and physical protection must safeguard office computers and related equipment from damage or theft.  About 1 in 5 Smart Training clients haven’t taken any action to secure their server from theft.  This is especially important because many popular operating software...  Read More
HIPAA Compliance the Fast and Easy Way With Dr. Jeff Brown
HIPAA Compliance the Fast and Easy Way With Dr. Jeff BrownJoin me for episode 113 of the Delivering WOW podcast for my interesting discussion with Dr. Jeff Brown about making HIPAA compliance fast and easy for dentists.Dr. Jeff Brown is obsessed with creating easy to use software to end the...  Read More
Are Your BAAs Current?
Business Associate Agreements – BAAs – are the Achilles’ Heel of many healthcare office privacy strategies.  That’s because, like many aspects of privacy regulation, BAAs evolve over time.  Consequently, even when Business Associate Agreements are held for all vendors, they may not be HIPAA...  Read More
Social Media and HIPAA
Your office staff may not be aware that social media opens the doors to all sorts of HIPAA violations.  Take some commonsense precautions with postings:If you wouldn’t say it in your waiting room, don’t say it online.  Read social media content aloud before you post it.  If there’s information you...  Read More
HB300: The Real Thing!
In Texas, HIPAA and House Bill 300 have teeth.  But why should you believe us?     Ask the Lufkin woman who received 5 years’ probation for stealing patient information    Talk to the former Longview hospital employee who was sentenced to 18 months in prison for wrongful disclosure of patient PHI  ...  Read More
Had a Business Associate Tell You They’re HIPAA Certified?
 Many vendors would like HIPAA certification to confirm they are fully compliant with HIPAA Rules and understand all aspects of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), but is it possible to obtain HIPAA certification to confirm HIPAA compliance?Many companies claim they...  Read More
Finally … HIPAA-Compliant Texting and Collaboration
For busy dental professionals, convenient, worry-free communication and optimized workflow are essential elements of daily practice.  Our Certified HIPAA Professionals are continually asked to recommend HIPAA-complaint communication solutions.   Until recently, those recommendations were fraught...  Read More
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