Son of a Breach

Writing a Check

This hypothetical scenario certainly ain’t the mac daddy of breaches, more like a "Son of a Breach." A Son of a Breach is – a breach no less. Recently a practitioner transferred records to an off-site storage facility. The company in charge of the transport mistakenly left one of the boxes of records outside of…

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We are Compliant with OSHA and HIPAA – We’re Good!

I beg to differ. We have worked with hundreds of dental practices, many who thought they were pretty ‘squared’ away. Few are nearly as squared away as they thought. We applaud your efforts, but how to you really know you hit all the important things? There are many agencies, many rules and regulations that dentists…

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Affordable Care Act for Dentists (part 1)- Deadline

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed in to law March 23, 2010. Everyone is still sorting through the possible impacts and regulations that affect the Dental Office. Priority number 1: Send out the "New Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage Options and your Health Coverage" Notice   Deadline: October 1, 2013   You are required to…

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HIPAA Final Rule to take effect on September 23! Are you ready?

September 23rd is Fast Approaching – Are You Ready?   In the August webinar we discussed the significance of September 23, 2013. In case you missed it here is a brief synopsis. 1.      The Federal government published the HIPAA/ HITECH Final Omnibus Rule on January 25, 2013. 2.      The Final Rule gives much clarity to…

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HIPAA Final Rule & HB300 Training

Attention all US dentists: HIPAA has been updated. The HIPAA Final Rule has been released and is in effect now. Learn what you need to learn to be in compliant with the new FEDERAL law changes. The OCR (Office of Civil Rights) and the OIG (Office of Inspector General) have been increased HIPAA violation investigations.…

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Big Fines for Little Breaches- OCR and HIPAA

Don't write checks for big fines!

The HHSC and OCR announced their first case involving big fine ($50,000) for a breach of less than 500 patients. A laptop containing 441 patients' information was stolen in 2010 from Hospice of North Idaho (HONI).  Laptops containing ePHI are regularly used by the organization as part of their field work.  Over the course of…

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Encrypted e-mail is Mandatory under HIPAA: Final Rule

Email security for PHI encryption not required by HIPAA

 No, it’s not, but that is the perception many healthcare providers have. Should data transfer security (ie. email security) be a concern? Absolutely! While it is not mandatory that PHI be transferred using encrypted e-mail, dentists do need to give consideration as a means to reduce risks of a breach (unauthorized access), which can adversely…

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Passwords? We don’t need no stinkin’ passwords!

Use passwords to protect your PHI- HIPAA rules

According to HIPAA Security Rule – Technical safeguards – procedures must be implemented for identification verification of entity or party requesting access to PHI. This means the identity of the person seeking information must be confirmed within the information system being utilized. Does everyone in your dental office need to have his or her own…

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