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Key Areas Prosecutors Will Consider When Evaluating Your Compliance Program
Not being compliant with healthcare rules and regulations makes your organization vulnerable to a HIPAA breach or fraud. If either of these issues occur, government agencies like the OCR will step in to investigate the situation. As a compliance professional, you can use your knowledge of what prosecutors will consider when evaluating compliance programs to reflect on the items that your own organization’s compliance program should address.
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| Categories: AIHC Free CEU Articles, AIHC Professional Articles, Compliance | Tags: HHS, OCR, CMS, CMS Center for Program Integrity, DOJ, OIG, FBI, Providers, HIPAA Covered Entities, False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, Compliance, Ethics, Health Care Fraud, Billing, Telehealth, Telemedicine, Healthcare Employees, Healthcare Employers, Training, Healthcare Payers, Medicare and Medicaid, Prosecutors, Compliance Program, Corporate Compliance | View Count: (317)
What You Need to Know About Email and HIPAA Compliance
Many of us use email so regularly that we can sometimes forget about the potential risks associated with it. When it comes to healthcare, there are 152 HIPAA breaches currently being investigated by the OCR that have cited email as the breach location. If you need to send health information to patients or other providers, how do you determine if email would be compliant with your organization’s HIPAA privacy and security requirements?
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles, Cybersecurity, HIPAA Privacy and Security | Tags: HHS, OCR, ONC, NIST, FTC, Providers, HIPAA Covered Entities, HIPAA, Security, Privacy, Compliance, Cyberattacks, Health IT, Healthcare Employees, Training | View Count: (457)
Heart Health and Compliance: Reflections for American Heart Month
February is a month filled with hearts. With the endless rows of heart-shaped boxes at the store, internal debates about the health merits of chocolate, and reminders of American Heart Month, you cannot escape discussions surrounding this important organ. Healthcare providers can keep hearts healthy for Valentine’s Day this year by working with patients to help manage their risk factors for heart disease, like high blood pressure or cholesterol.
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| Categories: AIHC Free CEU Articles, AIHC Professional Articles, Mental and Physical Health | Tags: CDC, Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institutes of Health, Providers, HIPAA Covered Entities, HIPAA, Security, Privacy, Compliance, CDI, Coding, ICD-10, ICD-10-CM, Mobile Devices, mHealth, EHR, Continuing Education, Healthcare Employees, Training, Heart Health | View Count: (475)
Care, Coding, and Cybersecurity: Healthcare Applications of Artificial Intelligence
In some ways, AI can almost be like an employee, requiring training before fulfilling its purpose. In healthcare, AI has the potential to support everything from patient care to cybersecurity. As opportunities for healthcare applications of AI increase, it becomes even more important that both the individuals developing these programs and people using AI programs at work have obtained the training needed to ensure success.
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles, Cybersecurity, Health IT | Tags: Department of Veterans Affairs, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, FDA, Small Business Innovation Research, Government Accountability Office, CMS, OIG, Providers, HIPAA Covered Entities, HIPAA, Security, Compliance, Coding, Billing, ICD-10, ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, Cyberattacks, Artificial Intelligence, Texting, Healthcare Employees, Training, Diabetes, Mental Health | View Count: (456)
Data and Compliance: Tools for Fighting Opioid Addiction
Healthcare providers and policy makers are always looking for new ways to address the opioid epidemic. One of the five main strategies being employed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to fight this issue is “better data” about opioid use, misuse, and prescribing trends. Learn about some of the ways data is being used to address this epidemic as well as how providers can use health information to support patient care when addiction is involved.
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles, Compliance and the Opioid Epidemic | Tags: HHS, CDC, SAMHSA, ONC, Providers, HRSA, HIPAA, Security, Privacy, HIPAA Covered Entities, Compliance, Pain Management, Addiction, Opioid Crisis, Healthcare Employees, Training, Health IT, 42 CFR Part 2, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality | View Count: (392)
Do You Know the Difference Between HIPAA Versus the Common Rule?
The HIPAA Privacy Rule establishes the conditions under which protected health information may be used or disclosed by covered entities for research purposes. The Common Rule is a federal policy regarding Human Subjects. Implementation of the Final Rule related to the Common Rule is January 21, 2019. Do you know what the differences are between these two regulations?
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| Categories: AIHC Free CEU Articles, AIHC Professional Articles | Tags: HHS, OCR, Providers, HIPAA, Security, Privacy, HIPAA Covered Entities, Compliance, Common Rule, Training, Continuing Education, Department of Defense, FDA | View Count: (1167)
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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, FDA, EHR, Compliance Program, Corporate Compliance | View Count: (945)
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, False Claims Act | View Count: (605)
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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, mHealth | View Count: (500)
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: (853)
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