Nov 12th, 2014
Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, covered entities and business associates (BA) may disclose patients’ protected health information (PHI) without a signed authorization for treatment, payment, or healthcare operations (TPO) reasons. Examples include: Doctors and/or hospitals (that are covered entities) may share information with one another for treatment reasons. Patients’ information may also be relea...
In Audit
Apr 1st, 2014
What is Protected Health Information (PHI)? By Marcia L. Brauchler, MPH, CMPE, CPHQ, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, PHI refers to health information that can identify an individual or can be used with other available information to identify an individual. The rule applies specifically to “covered entities” and their “business associates.” Health ...
In Billing
Jan 1st, 2014
Handle a breach with diligence: Investigate it, mitigate it, and implement corrective processes. Even a single patient’s HIPAA breach in 2013 needs to be submitted to the OCR by Feb. 28, 2014. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) has undergone many provisional changes over the years. Most recently, the U.S. Department ...
Jul 1st, 2013
Used wisely, providers can take advantage of social media benefits. By Judy A. Wilson, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPCO, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC Because social media is a staple in the average household, a growing number of healthcare providers are using it as a marketing tool, among other things. This technology doesn’t come without challenges, however. Here’s ...
Oct 14th, 2011
As a reminder of the perils surrounding protected health information (PHI), Stanford Hospital & Clinics is facing a very expensive lawsuit for a data breach affecting approximately 20,000 patients. A spreadsheet containing the protected information of patients seen in the emergency room from March through August 2009 was posted as an attachment to Student of ...