I’ve had the opportunity to work with Attorney Jessica Ellel, from Houston Harbaugh, on our HIPAA compliance program. As we’ve been telling our clients, it’s only a matter of time until these fines become more common. In this case, the fine affected a Business Associate (which is a first, but not the last).  Healthcare data

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Phase Two of OCR’s HIPAA audit program is currently underway. Selected covered entities received notification letters Monday, July 11, 2016. Business associate audits will commence in the fall. OCR has begun to obtain and verify contact information to identify covered entities and business associates of various types and determine which are appropriate to be included in

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Based on a presentation by Marissa Gordon-Nguyen, Senior Health Information Privacy Specialist at the US Department of Health and Human Services, OCR is relaxing their position on enforcing emailing PHI to individuals. As detailed on slide 20, you’re now permitted to email PHI to an individual if requested, however, you must warn them of the

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Kirsch Orthodontics 501 West High Street Ebensburg, PA 15931 (814) 472-5277 Kirsch Orthodontics Completes HIPAA Security Program By Brian Shrift, for Kirsch Orthodontics Kirsch Orthodontics is pleased to announce the completion of Precision Business Solutions’ HIPAA Security Program. “The HIPAA Security Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ electronic personal health information. It requires organizations,

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The Cost of Noncompliance HIPAA Security Rule Audits, Breaches on the Rise By Shawn Piatek, for PrecisionBS   One glance at the headlines on seemingly any given day will yield a significant reality of modern society– our private information is always at risk. During 2014 alone, Sony, Microsoft and the U.S. Dept. of Justice were

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