Category: HIPAA

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 newer operating system (OS). Bottom line, your computers with Windows XP using any software or [..]

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Son of a Breach

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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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?

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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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Encrypted e-mail is Mandatory under HIPAA: Final Rule

 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!

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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