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Mixing It Up: HIPAA Hybrid Entities

Mixing It Up: HIPAA Hybrid Entities

When it comes to HIPAA compliance, no stone can be left unturned. The most recent HIPAA settlement announced by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the Federal Department of Health and Human Services continues the trend of using settlement agreements to highlight specific areas of HIPAA for compliance.

December 21, 2016 | By More
How a National Patient Identifier Can Jump-Start Interoperability and Cut Costs

How a National Patient Identifier Can Jump-Start Interoperability and Cut Costs

Many EHR components were developed as early as 30 years ago, but it wasn’t until 2009 that the federal Meaningful Use incentive program precipitated wide-spread implementation of robust EHRs across healthcare. If the EHRs themselves are young, interoperability is still in its infancy. A large majority of acute care hospitals and other providers now have an HHS-certified EHR, providing the needed critical mass to make interoperability even possible.

October 19, 2016 | By More
How Much Is That Medical Record In The Window?

How Much Is That Medical Record In The Window?

The following is a guest blog post from HITECH Answers, a community hub site in the Health IT Answers network. Guest author, Matt Fisher, Esq. of Mirick O’Connell. A patient contacts their physician’s office and asks for a copy of their medical record. The expected response would seem to be obvious. Sure, we will copy the record and send it to your shortly. Not only will the record be sent, but it will be sent in an easily accessible format and exactly as requested. The reality is a bit more […]

June 15, 2016 | By More
Covered Entities Must Ensure Policies Account for Federal and State Laws

Covered Entities Must Ensure Policies Account for Federal and State Laws

The following is a guest blog post from HITECH Answers, a community hub site in the Health IT Answers network. Guest author, Bob Grant, is the Chief Strategy Officer, Compliancy Group.  Understanding the regulatory requirements that govern the use and disclosure of protected health information (PHI) is essential for health care professionals operating across the country. However, federal HIPAA regulation only accounts for a portion of those requirements. State laws and regulations regarding PHI are equally important, especially when it comes to how health care professionals are expected to respond in […]

May 18, 2016 | By More
Final HIPAA Awareness

Final HIPAA Awareness

The following is a guest blog post from hitechanswers.net, a community hub site dedicated to educating healthcare providers and other stakeholders on the HITECH Act, the CMS EHR Incentive Program, Meaningful Use and other Federal Health IT initiatives. Matthew Fisher is the chair of the Health Law Group at Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP, in Worcester, MA. Matt advises his clients in all aspects of healthcare regulatory compliance, including HIPAA, the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute. This article was originally published on Mirick O’Connell’s Health Law Blog and is republished here […]

April 4, 2016 | By More
Practical mHealth HIPAA Advice: At Long Last

Practical mHealth HIPAA Advice: At Long Last

The following is a guest blog post from hitechanswers.net, a community hub site dedicated to educating healthcare providers and other stakeholders on the HITECH Act, the CMS EHR Incentive Program, Meaningful Use and other Federal Health IT initiatives. Matthew Fisher is the chair of the Health Law Group at Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP, in Worcester, MA. Matt advises his clients in all aspects of healthcare regulatory compliance, including HIPAA, the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute. This article was originally published on Mirick O’Connell’s Health Law Blog and is republished here […]

March 21, 2016 | By More
Cyber-awareness: New Education from OCR

Cyber-awareness: New Education from OCR

The following is a guest blog post from hitechanswers.net, a community hub site dedicated to educating healthcare providers and other stakeholders on the HITECH Act, the CMS EHR Incentive Program, Meaningful Use and other Federal Health IT initiatives. Matthew Fisher is the chair of the Health Law Group at Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP, in Worcester, MA. Matt advises his clients in all aspects of healthcare regulatory compliance, including HIPAA, the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute. This article was originally published on Mirick O’Connell’s Health Law Blog and is republished here […]

March 7, 2016 | By More
Privacy in Healthcare: A State of Confusion

Privacy in Healthcare: A State of Confusion

The following is a guest blog post from hitechanswers.net, a community hub site dedicated to educating healthcare providers and other stakeholders on the HITECH Act, the CMS EHR Incentive Program, Meaningful Use and other Federal Health IT initiatives. Matthew Fisher is the chair of the Health Law Group at Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP, in Worcester, MA. Matt advises his clients in all aspects of healthcare regulatory compliance, including HIPAA, the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute. This article was originally published on Mirick O’Connell’s Health Law Blog and is republished here […]

February 8, 2016 | By More
Security Apathy: The Rise of Medical Hacking and Biomedical Fraud in 2016

Security Apathy: The Rise of Medical Hacking and Biomedical Fraud in 2016

By Wendy Whitmore, CIO 4Medapproved While interoperability remains at the forefront of concern in Health IT for 2016, medical hacking and biomedical fraud are also garnering the attention of security professionals in the industry into the next decade. The escalating ease with which cyber-crimes can be committed is alarming and the perpetrators are becoming more aggressive. For instance, a critical access hospital in Illinois was targeted by a hacker who sent an anonymous email containing some of the facilities electronic protected health information (ePHI), threatening to release more data unless […]

January 4, 2016 | By More