HIPAA Blog Posts: Health Information Privacy

John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek reports HIPAA HITECH Breach of 5,450 patients

HIPAA HITECH breach of 5,450 patients reported by San Francisco bay area hospital.

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Would your state Attorney General prosecute for HIPAA HITECH Breaches?

State Attorneys General will prosecute for HIPAA HITECH violations.

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Insurance Broker Association Urging Members to Start HIPAA HITECH Compliance

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.

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The Blind Side of HITECH compliance; Business Associates

While covered entities are focused on their own HITECH compliance their business associates are their "Blind Side".

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ACR2 Solutions, Compliance Helper and Rebecca Herold announce strategic partnership

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.

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What is Hiding on Your Copier: PHI?

Protected Health Information (PHI) is probably hiding on your copier without any protection.

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HIPAA HITECH and the Five Stages of Grief

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.

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HIPAA HITECH Breaches Posted by OCR

Breach happens and now when it doe the world knows.  OCR posting breaches on their website.  See who you know.

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HIPAA HITECH Compliance:Trust but Verify

How can a covered entity be "reasonably assured" that a business associate is compliant with HIPAA HITECH?  Trust but Verify.

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David Blumenthal Emphasizes Privacy and Security in HITECH Act

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.

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