Tag: HIPAA

Make sanction policy, hit other marks to avoid big fines for small HIPAA breaches

A recent HIPAA breach that involved transmission of protected health information (PHI) to only one party — a reporter — nonetheless cost a Connecticut practice $125,000, in part because the practice didn’t take simple precautions. In February 2015, a patient of Allergy Associates of Hartford, P.C., a four-doctor, three-office practice, had talked to a local […]

8 steps to protect patient data sent to and from business associates

Assess how you and your business associates transmit PHI to each other as part of your regular HIPAA risk analysis. If you uncover any vulnerabilities, resolve them. Ensure your agreements with business associates say that the business associate will implement safeguards to protect the PHI it creates, receives, maintains or transmits for the covered entity. If the […]

HHS considers modifying HIPAA

Source: Home Health Line HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a request for information (RFI) to help it identify provisions of HIPAA privacy and security regulations that should be modified. It wants to “remove regulatory obstacles and decrease regulatory burdens in order to facilitate efficient care coordination and/or case management and to promote […]

Take a second look at texting: Are you compliant?

Secure text messaging is one of the top two types of technologies on home health agencies’ wish lists, according to the 108 respondents to a question on Home Health Line’s 2018 Trends Survey. But, texting with patients could be a potential HIPAA problem if home health agencies aren’t careful.   Texting with clinicians and patients […]

HIPAA “Wall of Shame” tops 2,000

The following is from Home Health Line. For more news and information on home health and hospice, visit homehealthline.decisionhealth.com. The feds’ dishonor roll of entities that have sustained a HIPAA breach of 500 individuals or more has topped 2,000 for the first time. If you go directly to the U.S. Department of Health and Human […]

Nursing home workers still posting nude and vulgar photos of residents on snapchat

By Charles Ornstein, ProPublica. This story was co-published with The Des Moines Register. Federal and state officials have increased their focus on the problem, but ProPublica found 18 incidents in the last year in which employees at nursing homes and assisted living facilities posted unauthorized photos and videos of residents on social media platforms. In […]

Legal repercussions for posting about residents on social media are not limited to just a few

Recent media coverage tells a sad story about inappropriate usage of social media in long-term care settings¾one that details not only severe legal repercussions for facilities, but also major violations of resident privacy and cases of mental abuse. While privacy and abuse are not black and white matters, the issue of photographs, videos, and identifying […]

Ask the expert: Creating a policy for social media and HIPAA compliance

In 2016, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcements and settlements hit a record high—and HIPAA’s vigilance isn’t expected to change under the new administration. Industry expert Reginald M. Hislop III, PhD, from H2 Consulting answers important questions for providers regarding HIPAA compliance and a highly talked about and talked on force: Social media. […]

Digital Standards and Operating Rules adopted by HHS under HIPAA

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) required HHS to establish digital standards for business-related tasks like submitting claims and getting paid. The goal is to reduce paperwork and streamline business processes across the health care system. Standards allow information to be shared digitally in consistent ways. With common standards for content […]

Coming Soon: Improved CMS HIPAA Website

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will soon launch a series of updates for the HIPAA Administrative Simplification category of the CMS website. The updated pages will feature streamlined content and easier navigation. Please note that the new website will launch with a new URL, so you will need to update any bookmarks that you […]