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HIPAA Security For Business Associates

Ever wonder what signing that Business Associate Agreement(BAA) really meant?  Even if your firm did not sign a BAA but does business with a Covered Entity the Federal Laws under the HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus includes business associates under their enforcement jurisdiction. A business associate is a company or person who does business with a covered entity and works with or is …

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PCI vs. HIPAA Compliance

A common question among covered entities that we encounter time and time again is, “What is the difference between PCI and HIPAA Compliance?” This question becomes even more frequent when news breaks of breaches in businesses that are PCI-compliant and HIPAA covered entities. According to a recent Identity Theft Resource Center data breach report for 2013, there …

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HIPAA Safeguards

The U.S. Department of Human and Health Services regulates the maintenance and fulfillment of following these codes, which includes the HIPAA Security Rule. With the ever-advancing of technology and methods of spreading information, having the appropriate safeguards in place to make sure electronically protected health information remains safe and secure must be a top priority. The …

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HIPAA Compliance

With the ever-changing government rules regarding HIPAA compliance, the process of becoming HIPAA compliant can seem daunting, confusing, and time-consuming. Many regulations that were in place at the time of your analysis last year may now be outdated or changed. However, as you know, it’s vital to adhere to HIPAA compliance requirements to avoid the …

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HIPAA Rules

In 1996, the American government recognized the need for those in healthcare fields to treat patient records as sensitive documents, not to be seen by any but authorized professionals. Because of patients’ need for privacy and security, only those with the need to know the details of a patients’ health information are allowed to view …

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Omnibus Checklist

The HIPAA Omnibus Rule modified the privacy and security rules for covered entities and their business associates. This rule went into effect on March 26, 2013, however, covered entities and business associates generally had until September 23, 2013 to become compliant. If you find yourself confused about what the Omnibus Rule requires, we created a checklist …

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HIPAA Security Checklist

Our complimentary HIPAA Security Checklist summarizes HIPAA Security Rule requirements that should be implemented by covered entities and business associates. The citations are to 45 CFR § 164.300 et seq. For additional resources concerning Security Rule requirements and compliance assistance, see the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) website. Remember, the Security Rule is subject to periodic amendment. …

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State Departments Conducting Audits?!?

In recent years, healthcare audits have been a trending topic within the compliance world. Following the Phase II launch of the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Audit Protocol in March 2016, many members of the healthcare community equate audits with either the federal government or other large accounting firms such as Figliozzi & Company. …

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Healthcare Continues to Dominate Breach Related Costs

A new study conducted by the Ponemon Institute on behalf of IBM Security confirmed the fears of so many healthcare information security professionals, no other personal information yields a higher value than compromised patient records. Across the country, healthcare organizations have a Goliath size security problem. For an eight-straight year, healthcare has the highest breach-related …

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Similar but Different: Gap Assessment vs Risk Analysis

If you’ve heard the terms gap assessment and risk analysis used interchangeably before in privacy or security conversations, you are not alone. At HIPAA One, we have found that there are quite a few misconceptions about these two approaches and how to differentiate between them. So much so that we addressed the topic on a …

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