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The Compliance Officer Conundrum

The Compliance Officer Conundrum

15 Tasks and Quick Reference for Privacy Procrastinators In a recent 4Medapproved survey, we asked, “Have you Designated a Chief Compliance Officer?” Appointing a compliance officer is a requirement under HIPAA for all environments managing or maintaining PHI (Protected Health Information). I was surprised to find that only about 30% of small practice respondents said […]

April 21, 2014 | By More
Don’t Worry About the 2014 HIPAA Audits

Don’t Worry About the 2014 HIPAA Audits

Focus on Preventing Data Breaches  While the buzz is picking up about the HIPAA Audits that the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) should begin again this Fall, the odds are that you won’t be audited compared to the much greater possibility that you will deal with a […]

April 21, 2014 | By More
New HIPAA Security Risk Assessment Tool Misses Mark

New HIPAA Security Risk Assessment Tool Misses Mark

 HIPAA Security Risk Assessment tool has serious flaws You would think that the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) would have learned something from the healthcare.gov website fiasco. ONC should have better tested its new HIPAA Risk Assessment tool to avoid the embarrassment of another failed web […]

March 31, 2014 | By More
Hackers Are the New HIPAA Enforcers

Hackers Are the New HIPAA Enforcers

Most discussions of HIPAA enforcement center on audits and fines from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). But I believe that wider compliance will come only when providers recognize that the real danger comes from deliberate data theft. First, some sobering statistics. There has been a 100 percent increase in cyber-attacks on medical organizations since […]

March 23, 2014 | By More
Can a Terminated User Cause a Breach ?

Can a Terminated User Cause a Breach ?

How Good Is Your Terminated User Checklist? Having a former employee access electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) is a data breach.  In today’s computing environment terminating employee access can mean a lot more than just denying logins to your network and your Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. It can also be a challenge because more […]

March 17, 2014 | By More
L.A. Business Associate Causes HIPAA Breach of 165,000 Health Records

L.A. Business Associate Causes HIPAA Breach of 165,000 Health Records

A Business Associate working for the L.A. County department of health has caused a massive HIPAA breach of more than 165,000 health records. The breach occurred when eight laptops were stolen from Sutherland Healthcare Solution’s offices on February 5th. Now, anyone can suffer a break-in, so why do I write that the breach was the […]

March 11, 2014 | By More
HIPAA Enforcement Blind Spots

HIPAA Enforcement Blind Spots

HIPAA Enforcement goes beyond the OCR HIPAA enforcement has increased in recent years, but the US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) still only fines a few organizations out of the thousands of investigations it conducts. Many believe that OCR won’t ever catch them, which is probably true. However, HIPAA enforcement […]

March 3, 2014 | By More