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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
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
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
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
YOUR OFFICE, HIPAA AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Many times, HIPAA violations are caused by well-meaning staff members. More and more often, violations occur because of inappropriate use of social media. Staff members should be trained on the ‘Golden Rule’ of social media usage; if they wouldn’t say it in an elevator, they shouldn’t say it...  Read More
Are Your Posts Breaching Patient Privacy?
Many dentists and dental office employees don’t realize that any social media discussion of patient treatment – even posts that do not identify a patient by name – can violate HIPAA.Because social media is still evolving, most offices have no social media policy and haven’t given much thought to...  Read More
 Is HIPAA Compliance Worth Your Attention?
Most Americans think of themselves as honest, law-abiding citizens. However, consider a familiar experience: You get into your car to drive to work and the first thing you do is buckle up. Why?Either you buckle up because it’s the law, or you buckle up because you are mindful of the reports...  Read More
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
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
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
Protecting Practice Assets: What Every Practice Owner Needs to Know
Protecting Practice Assets:What Every Practice Owner Needs to KnowIn today's digital society, protecting confidential and proprietary practice information is next to impossible. Employees on a daily basis have access to an employer's confidential information. Electronic information can be stored on...  Read More
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
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, you...  Read More

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