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Prompt Breach Notification Retains Patients
When healthcare organizations experience a data breach it is understandable that breach victims will be upset and angry. Information is provided to healthcare organizations in the understanding that safeguards have been implemented to keep that information private and confidential.HIPAA Journal...  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
Questions Surround Houston Breach
Paperwork containing PHI from approximately 1800 patients has been discovered abandoned in a Houston street by an employee of TV station KBOU.HIPAA Journal reports that the paperwork contained information such as patients’ names, birth dates, diagnoses, treatment information, medications, vital...  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
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
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
Social Media Opens Door to HIPAA Violations
While healthcare practitioners have unique perspectives on topics of interest to patients, the demand for this information must be balanced with how information is used, who may access it, and who else it can affect.  Take some commonsense precautions with social media postings: If you wouldn’t say...  Read More
WHAT ABOUT ENCRYPTED EMAIL?
Many Smart Training clients send Protected Health Information via email but are unsure how to make their email HIPAA compliant.  To add to the challenge, many email service providers offer an encrypted email service, but not all are HIPAA compliant – and few actually incorporate the necessary...  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
 HIPAA WARNING FROM ADA CHAIR IN WAKE OF DENTIST FINE
Until two years ago, dental offices had avoided fines for HIPAA noncompliance.  In 2015, Dr. Joseph Beck became the first dentist to be fined for a HIPAA violation, which sent a warning to dental offices nationwide about HIPAA compliance. Interestingly, the penalty Dr. Beck paid was not issued by...  Read More
How To Protect Patient Data Part 2: Social Media Posts
By responding to a patient review on social media recently, a Texas dentist found himself in hot water with HHS and the Office for Civil Rights. While the dentist wasn’t fined formisusingpatient information, he did have to spend money for specialized legalcounsel,and likely spent many...  Read More
After the Disaster ...
Disaster recovery has been a staple of patient privacy law since 1996, and yet, many practices still operate without a viable data backup system in place. Following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, experts estimated that nearly half of all healthcare offices in Manhattan had no functioning backup or...  Read More
ARE YOU HIP TO THE NEW HIPAA AUDITS of 2016?
HIPAA just got a little bolder! This week I had an opportunity to attend a special legal update webinar about the new PHASE I & PHASE II HIPAA AUDITS that all healthcare offices are subject to --throughout the USA.As a HIPAA Trainer & Coach I have to attend HIPAA updates constantly. While...  Read More
Documentation for the Dental Practice: A Must
Documentation by dental staff members is equally as important as documentation by the dentist. The dentist and staff entries are considered equivalent; what a staff member writes in a patients chart is regarded as representing the dentist. All staff members should sign or initial their entries....  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
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

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