Have You Left A “Window” Open For Deadly Infections?

By now, you have probably heard about Microsoft discontinuing security updates for Windows XP effective April 8, 2014. In fact, the first vulnerability for Internet Explorer has ALREADY been announced for computers running XP! This means you will need to upgrade your computers to a…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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