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OCR’s Updated HIPAA Audit Program – What you need to know

With the pinnacle of patient breaches hopefully behind us (e.g. Anthem/WellPoint breach, Premera, Blue Cross, and others in 2015), it is clear the industry has struggled with proper security of our electronic health information (ePHI).  As such, the federal government has stepped in to ensure measures are in place to secure ePHI, abide by privacy …

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Demystifying HIPAA Security Risk Analysis

As a business owner, my professional conversations with physicians run the gamut, from how my business services can solve their problems, to exchanging ideas and best practices, and offering support in starting and growing a business. I get the feeling that physicians running a medical practice often feel like they have a target on their …

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Meaningful Use Attestation Extended!

Instead of “hoping” not to get audited, consider this:  your organization can have guaranteed compliance with HIPAA One® because CMS has extended the Meaningful Use attestation period to February 29, 2016! Good news – with the mixed-bag of recent news from CMS, the boat has not yet left the dock!  If you conducted a “last-minute” …

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HIPAA Security for Meaningful Use : Myths and Facts

After you spend enough time in one position, role or subject, it is human nature to assume for a fleeting moment others know what you are “geeking” about.  This is particularly true when it comes to Meaningful Use and to “Protect electronic health information created or maintained by the certified EHR technology (CEHRT) through the …

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Meaningful Use 2015: When does the Security Risk Analysis Need to be Done?

Image Courtesy of HHS Quick History Meaningful Use (MU) is an incentive program introduced and managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to help cover expenses with migrating from paper charts to electronic medical records.  It’s part of a larger incentive program derived from the 2009 “American …

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Quick Review of HHS’s new HIPAA Security Risk Assessment Tool

As a single practice HIPAA Security Rule training app or a HIPAA SRA workbench, the tool is not bad.  The ONC/HHS HIPAA Security Risk Assessment Tool is a vast improvement over the 2011 HSR Toolkit for those scenarios.  It has fewer questions, a status bar that displays relative SRA completion status, reports that can be …

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Meaningful Use Stage 2 – What You Need To Know!

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have EHR Incentive Programs that provide financial incentives to health providers who prove they are meaningfully using certified EHR (electronic health record) technology. These monetary enticements are only given to those providers who meet the required objectives in each stage of participation. The Medicare and Medicaid Incentive Programs …

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