HIPAA Blog Posts: Health Information Privacy
HIPAA HITECH breach of 5,450 patients reported by San Francisco bay area hospital.
State Attorneys General will prosecute for HIPAA HITECH violations.
An insurance broker confided that their association had urged them to get started on compliance despite the lack of clarity about the business associate rules. The law is clear that they need policies and procedures, a privacy officer, and training for their staff.
While covered entities are focused on their own HITECH compliance their business associates are their "Blind Side".
ACR2 Solutions performs risk analysis and when they discover enities needing policies and procedures they recommend the service developed by Compliance Helper and Rebecca Herold.
Protected Health Information (PHI) is probably hiding on your copier without any protection.
The organizations affected by HIPAA and the HITECH Act are working their way through the five stages of grief; denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally, acceptance.
Breach happens and now when it doe the world knows. OCR posting breaches on their website. See who you know.
How can a covered entity be "reasonably assured" that a business associate is compliant with HIPAA HITECH? Trust but Verify.
As healthcare ponders "meaningful use" they need to also remember "willful neglect". David Blumenthal, in his New England Journalof Medicine, emphasized protecting privacy and security as a key factor in the HITECH Act.