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AHCCCS Audit Notice Announced

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Audit for IT System Security Notifies of AHCCCS Audits   HIPAA One® works with several Health Plans and Clinics that operate a Managed Care Organization (MCO)  in the great state of Arizona providing AHCCCS Audits pursuant to Policy 108 and HIPAA.  As …

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Think PCI Can Replace HIPAA? 6 Points That Will Change Your Mind

Outline: Health records are to be secured, exchanged and portable ,while credit card numbers are to be secured. Covered entities and their business associates (receiving any government reimbursements for healthcare treatment, payment or operations) are required to comply with HIPAA. Unlike finite PCI requirements, HIPAA encompasses security, privacy and rights, safety, quality improvement and eliminating …

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Why Dentists Should Be Concerned about HIPAA Laws and the Security of Their Patient Records

Back in 1996, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) became federal law. The United States government acknowledged the need for people and businesses in healthcare fields to better protect patients’ healthcare records because they are sensitive documents and every patient has a right to privacy and security. The Healthcare community, health insurance plans and …

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Will You Be In Violation of HIPAA Laws By Running Windows XP?

We are getting a lot of calls with respect to XP patch support ending April 8, 2014. This is mostly due to articles claiming HIPAA Violations for using Windows XP. Violation is a strong word, especially considering we find in almost all cases there are other devices that are end of life. The bigger issue is …

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Data Security Audits Required For Covered Entities Involved With Medicaid Reimbursements

UPDATED 3/9/2015 For those who are unaware, as of October 2013, the state of Arizona has joined forces with the federal Medicaid funding program to manage distribution of reimbursements. The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) is the name of the Medicaid program in the state of Arizona. As with all Medicaid programs, this is …

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The Number of HIPAA Data Breaches Jumps 138 Percent Since 2012

When it comes to HIPAA Security and HIPAA Privacy, numbers do most of the talking and according to recent reports, the number of HIPAA data breaches have increased by 138% since 2012. Another mind boggling statistic is that 29.2 million patient health records have been compromised in HIPAA data breaches since 2009, according to Redspin, …

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What’s The Difference Between A Covered Entity & Business Associate?

Knowing the distinction between a covered entity and a business associate is essential because the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule is administered differently between the two. If you understand the difference, then you understand who has access to your medical data and what authority they possess to do with that medical information. …

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Ready or Not, Here Come HIPAA Audits!

After running a successful pilot program in 2012 The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is looking to launch a national HIPAA compliance audit program by the end of this year to ensure that all health care providers and business associates are compliant with HIPAA privacy and HIPAA security rules …

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OCR gives an important 2013 update on their HIPAA Security and Privacy Enforcement status

The resumption of the HIPAA compliance audit program is on hold while regulators analyze pilot audit project results and implement the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, says Susan McAndrew of the HHS Office for Civil Rights.

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