Category: HIPAA

Dentists’ Attitudes About HIPAA- Where do you fall?

I talk with numerous dentists and staff about HIPAA compliance in their offices as I travel and lecture on HIPAA compliance. I am deeply concerned about dentist and staff members’ attitudes about HIPAA compliance. I’d like to share with you to help you understand the attitudes I regularly encounter. You will see why I am [..]

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The Value of Your Dental Records and What Happens with Stolen PHI

There’s a storm brewing, and you need to listen to this one….It’s gonna cost you. In 2017 healthcare providers are paying through the nose for HIPAA violations. The biggest liability? Humans. Yes, people are the biggest threat to privacy and information security. See all it takes is one of your untrained staff to open an e-mail, [..]

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HIPAA Policies (a must read and a MUST have)

  You should have employee medical records, no not dental records, medical records. OSHA medical records include information about work-related exposures, illnesses and injuries. The records also include hepatitis B vaccination records. These records are not protected under HIPAA and, as such, are not Protected Health Information. Another term you should know is ‘Workforce’. Your [..]

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Exceptions to Privacy- Protected Health Information

There are situations that you can use or disclose Protected Health Information and you do not need a signed authorization to do so. As we previously discussed, patients (or in some cases their caregivers) always have the Right of Access. Next, there are what are known as T-P-O exceptions. They are: TREATMENT – Dental offices [..]

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Here is the Silver Bullet of HIPAA Compliance

There is much to do to comply with all that HIPAA requires. First, consider ‘what’ you have to comply with (Privacy Rule, Security Rule and Breach Notification Rule. The Enforcement Rule prescribes Civil Monetary Penalties and (often) Corrective Action Plans (ongoing government involvement) to remediate violations. The privacy rule identifies when Protected Health Information (PHI) [..]

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We Need to Talk: It’s About Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and How It Impacts Your Dental Practice

Does your practice receive reimbursements from Medicare? Medicaid? C.H.I.P.? How about Tricare? If so, you need to read how this new law Section 1557 will impact your practice! Regardless of how you feel about it one thing is certain – the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is full of surprises! Let’s look at Section 1557. The [..]

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