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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 | View Count: (130)
By Kristy Grant-Hart KristyGH@Sparkcompliance.com Two years ago, Time Magazine’s Person of the Year was the silence-breakers of the #MeToo movement.  In late 2018, in response to the movement, many U.S. state laws came into force requiring sexual harassment training and policies for employers.  For instance, in New York, most employers are now required to implement […]
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| Categories: Compliance | Tags: Compliance, Culture, compliance, ethics, sexual harassment, sexual harassment training, whistle blower | View Count: (11)
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: DOD, HHS, OCR, Providers, HIPAA, Security, Privacy, HIPAA Covered Entities, Compliance, Common Rule, Training, Continuing Education | View Count: (387)
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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)
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Compliance and Cost Reports

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Compliance and Cost Reports
If you are a Medicare Part A or certified institutional provider, you know that every year, an accurate and timely cost report must be submitted to Medicare Administrative Contractors. However, if you run into an issue while completing your cost report, do you know where to find the training and resources that you need to answer your questions?
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles, Medicare and Medicaid | Tags: CMS, OIG, Providers, Medicare and Medicaid, Compliance, Healthcare Employees, Cost Reporting, Training | View Count: (420)
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Career Opportunities in Cybersecurity

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Career Opportunities in Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity plays a huge role for healthcare providers, businesses, federal offices, and everything in between. During this year’s National Health IT Week and Cybersecurity Awareness Month, it is important to look at some of the government resources that are available to help job seekers enhance their professional skills as they work to either begin or advance their careers in cybersecurity.
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles, Cybersecurity | Tags: US-CERT, NICCS, Homeland Security, NIST, Career Opportunities, Health IT, Health IT Week, Training, Healthcare Employees, Security | View Count: (453)
Texting as a Healthcare Provider: Risks, Uses, and HIPAA Compliance
For many people, texting to communicate with others is almost second nature. However, if you are a healthcare professional or work with protected health information, think twice before using your phone to quickly communicate or obtain information for work. Mobile device security is a requirement for all HIPAA covered entities and enforcing compliance in mobile device use is an effective way to mitigate risk and avoid HIPAA breaches.
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles, HIPAA Privacy and Security | Tags: HHS, Joint Commission, ONC, Providers, HIPAA, Security, Privacy, HIPAA Covered Entities, Compliance, Healthcare Employees, Texting, Mobile Devices, Training | View Count: (461)
Healthcare Organizations Facing CyberAttacks Can Turn to HIPAA Compliance
When it comes to technology, many healthcare professionals are concerned about potential cyberattacks. According to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights, one tool that healthcare organizations have at their disposal to help them prevent these cyberattacks is HIPAA compliance. In fact, the HIPAA Security Rule requires covered entities to implement security measures such as the ones discussed in this article.
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles, Cybersecurity, HIPAA Privacy and Security | Tags: HHS, OCR, US-CERT, HIPAA, Security, Compliance, HIPAA Covered Entities, Healthcare Employees, Training, Cyberattacks, Health IT, NIST | View Count: (497)
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