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    In the State of Alabama, are medical practices required to have an alarm systems?

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    Well, I don't know specifically if you're required to have an alarm system in your state -- my best guess is that there isn't a law like that.

    Rather, it's up to you to protect the confidential information in your office and to do so using "best practices."

    If your office is in a sketchy part of town, best practices may dictate that you use a security service or alarm system. But, if you lock the files in a cabinet, lock the doors to your office and its secure, then that might well be a best practice based on your office location and criteria.

    CMS leaves up many of these types of decisions to the provider - they say you have to comply, but they don't tell you specifically how to do it or with whom you should partner to make the data in your office secure.

    Use a "best practices" approach based on your circumstances - things that make sense, and you'll probably be fine.
    Cyndee Weston, CPC, CMC, CMRS
    American Medical Billing Association
    AMBACode Coding Software
    2015 AMBA National Medical Billing Conference

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    Thank you for your reply. I hope this helps others out there that have the same or similar question.

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