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HIPAA Tip Tuesday

EHR Snooping at Montefiore Leads to Security Breach

Montefiore Medical Center is notifying patients of a recent security breach that involved illegal access to HIPAA Protected Health Information (PHI) by a former employee. The New York health system announced an employee (who has since been fired) inappropriately accessed ...

THE RISK AND COST OF HIPAA VIOLATIONS

Most HIPAA violations are preventable and are often the result of a lack of diligence on the part of the organization. “I didn’t know” or “I forgot” is not acceptable when it comes to the HIPAA Rule, given the enforcement ...

IS A SECURITY RISK ANALYSIS MANDATORY?

Not only does a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis (SRA) identify threats and vulnerabilities, but a SRA is also mandatory. The HIPAA Security Rule requires Covered Entities and their Business Associates to conduct an annual SRA to address security measures necessary ...

EMAIL PHISHING ATTACKS

Although we are aware of how frequently email phishing attacks are occurring, especially in the healthcare sector, organizations and their workforce are still clicking on attachments and links from emails outside the organization. Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) was hit with ...

Insurer Pays $5.1Million to Settle Data Breach

Excellus Health Plan, Inc. has agreed to pay $5.1 million to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and to implement a corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the ...

What Information is Protected by HIPAA?

HIPAA’s Privacy Rule protects all “individually identifiable health information” held or transmitted by a Covered Entity, no matter what form it is in. HIPAA applies whether a person’s health information is held or disclosed electronically, orally, or in written form. ...

HHS - OCR in Action Securing PACS Cybersecurity

A new NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide, NIST SP 1800-24, is now available: Securing Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS): Cybersecurity for the Healthcare Sector Medical imaging plays an important role in diagnosing and treating patients. The system that manages medical ...

SHRED and PURGE!

When we think about HIPAA requirements, many of us think electronic security measures. That’s a good thing – but don’t stop there! Review the oldest charts and papers containing PHI that are being stored in the facility or offsite. Do ...

Struggling with Staying Compliant During COVID?

Let’s face it, the LAST thing you want to think about is HIPAA, its requirements, and where you may be lacking for 2020. We live in the healthcare industry; there is no opting out when it comes to HIPAA Rules. ...

HIPAA Security Rule Policies and Procedures

Since the HIPAA Privacy Rule went into enforcement in April 2003 a major goal of the Rule was to assure that individuals’ health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high ...

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