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Target Trouble Areas with HIPAA Training

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A little oversight can lead to a lot of trouble. Employees who aren’t prepared to securely handle patients’ protected health information (PHI) can accidentally cause breaches and leak tens to millions of private records. Why does this happen? In many cases, managers fail to train their staff in HIPAA compliance. HIPAA compliance training shouldn’t simply check the box and call it a day. Training must be ongoing, detailed, and tailored for each department. With regular training, managers can a...
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Make HIPAA Training Meaningful

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We all know that we must train our employees in HIPAA compliance, but this training is boring. How can we make the training interesting so that it is more effective? This initial training provides basic HIPAA principles—the building blocks for privacy and security. Training can be done by way of seminars, web-based, slide shows, etc.  Regardless of the method used, HIPAA requires staff to be trained soon after starting their job. Should this just be a one time training or should staff be traine...
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Telehealth, HIPAA, and Cybersecurity

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Telehealth, HIPAA, and Cybersecurity
Telehealth is an increasingly important tool for healthcare organizations to provide patients with more accessible and affordable care options. However, in the excitement of developing telehealth programs, organizations should not lose sight of privacy and security regulations that apply to these new services. After all, protected health information under HIPAA can include data that is transmitted during the provision of telehealth services.
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| Categories: AIHC Free CEU Articles, AIHC Professional Articles, HIPAA Privacy and Security | Tags: CMS, NIST, Providers, ONC, Medicare and Medicaid, HIPAA, security, Privacy, HIPAA Covered Entities, Compliance, Healthcare Employees, Emergency Preparedness, Telehealth, Training, Health IT, Telemedicine, Continuing Education | View Count: (289)
HIPAA Compliance Challenges for Rural Healthcare Organizations
Rural healthcare providers play a vital role in keeping people healthy across the nation. After all, almost one in five people in the United States lives in a rural area. Being located in these areas, however, can often result in some unique challenges for rural healthcare organizations. Such issues can leave rural providers vulnerable to noncompliance, fraud, and everything in between.
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles, Compliance, Health IT, HIPAA Privacy and Security | Tags: DOJ, ONC, HRSA, Providers, Rural Providers, HIPAA, Security, Privacy, HIPAA Covered Entities, Compliance, Telehealth, Training, Healthcare Employees, Mobile Devices, Interoperability, Cost Reporting | View Count: (348)
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Protecting Health Information When It Goes Mobile

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Protecting Health Information When It Goes Mobile
The world is constantly in motion, and many people want their access to information to follow suit. At your healthcare organization, do you use mobile devices to manage health information? What about cloud storage? Have you developed any mobile applications for patient use? If you answered yes to any of these questions, do you also stay up to date on relevant privacy and security regulations surrounding these tools?
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles, HIPAA Privacy and Security | Tags: HHS, OCR, US-CERT, NIST, ONC, Homeland Security, Providers, Outpatient, HIPAA, Security, Privacy, HIPAA Covered Entities, Compliance, Healthcare Employees, Mobile Devices, Training, Health IT | View Count: (278)
How HIPAA Compliance Can Help Your Organization Prepare for a Disaster
What do a ransomware attack and a hurricane have in common? They can both disrupt the vital operations of a healthcare organization. HIPAA covered entities and healthcare providers should always have Emergency Preparedness Plans in place for natural disasters as well as man-made catastrophes like cyberattacks. In fact, the HIPAA Security Rule requires that covered entities have a contingency plan that can be implemented the moment it is needed.
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles, HIPAA Privacy and Security, Medicare and Medicaid, AIHC Free CEU Articles | Tags: HHS, CMS, OCR, ONC, Providers, Medicare and Medicaid, HIPAA, Security, Privacy, HIPAA Covered Entities, Compliance, Emergency Preparedness, Continuing Education | View Count: (402)
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Data Sharing and HIPAA Compliance

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Data Sharing and HIPAA Compliance
Interoperability is a hot topic of discussion right now as healthcare organizations across the country work to ease health information sharing for a more efficient healthcare system. Of course, personally identifiable health information is protected under regulations such as HIPAA. Therefore, while sharing health information is one of the goals of interoperability, it also depends on requirements like patient consent and authorization.
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles, HIPAA Privacy and Security | Tags: HHS, OCR, ONC, Providers, HIPAA, Privacy, HIPAA Covered Entities, Compliance, Interoperability | View Count: (212)
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Password Security – HIPAA Tip

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Password security is the bane of most healthcare organizations’ existence! Employees and providers groan every time they are required to change their passwords. Remembering complex passwords is also difficult, especially when you have multiple passwords to remember for all the programs and networks required to manage patient care. Writing passwords down and sharing passwords are common temptations to ease the pain of password management. However, not taking password security seriously is leavin...
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Texting Patient Orders

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Texting patient orders is easy. However, due to patient safety, security and privacy concerns, CMS and the Joint Commission prohibit it! Not only is texting patient information a gray area of the HIPAA law, it is also does not meet Medicare requirements. Texting and HIPAA Despite how tempting and convenient texting patient information may seem, it is a legal gray area. Therefore, if you are wanting to go down this path, consult with an attorney that is well versed in HIPAA. HIPAA is pretty serio...
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| Categories: HIPAA Privacy and Security | Tags: Privacy, Security, CMS, CPOE, Cybersecurity, Encryption, HIPAA, Patient Privacy, Texting Patient, Texting Patient Information, Texting PHI | View Count: (260)
Planning your HIPAA success is probably the last thing on your mind. As a busy healthcare professional, you deal with multiple roaring fires all day long every day. Because you are so busy, it is easy to put off HIPAA compliance and simply hope for the best. What you may not realize is your burning compliance ember can quickly become an uncontrollable forest fire. Hoping for the best with your HIPAA compliance program has several problems: The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is conducting audits to...
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