Nov 18th, 2019
If you are a patient of Ascension in the St. Louis, Mo., area, Google has your healthcare protected health information (PHI). Patients and doctors of the second largest Catholic health system in the United States have not been notified that their data is being shared with Google. Why Does Google Have My PHI? Google is ...
Jun 24th, 2019
Here’s how to fight back. Most of us are concerned about being personally attacked by cybercriminals, and we must have that same increased awareness within our medical practices. Cybercriminals consider medical practices ripe for the picking. Security policies and continuous education work like pesticides. Are you protected from a HIPAA breach? The Name of the ...
May 15th, 2019
Keen on giving Americans in federally-funded programs more control over their healthcare, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been working closely with past and present administrations to establish regulations governing electronic health information (EHI). On March 4, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published a proposed ...
Apr 10th, 2019
Beginning this month, nine HIPAA-covered entities — a mix of health plans and clearinghouses — will be randomly selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for compliance reviews. Any health plan or clearinghouse — not just those that work with Medicare or Medicaid — may be selected. The CMS Division of National ...
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Feb 12th, 2019
If you thought the Department of Health and Human Services’ loosening of several Obamacare rules indicated less HIPAA enforcement, think again. The agency’s Office of Civil Rights settled $28.7 million worth of HIPAA violations in 2018, up 22 percent over the previous record year. The OCR also announced it achieved the single largest HIPAA settlement ...