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HIPAA audits


July 27, 2016  1:59 PM

Most hospitals say they have EHR disaster recovery plans

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
Disaster Recovery, HIPAA, HIPAA audits, OCR

While about a third of U.S. hospitals reported to the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services that they don't have HIPAA-compliant EHR disaster recovery plans, most hospitals told OIG they have comprehensive plans to recover patient data after a...

July 6, 2016  7:03 PM

OCR gets tough with business associates

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
HIPAA audits, HIPAA business associate, OCR

With its levy of a $650,000 fine on a service provider of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Department of...


September 17, 2015  3:36 PM

$750,000 settlement points to the need for strong HIPAA policies

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee
HIPAA, HIPAA audits, HIPAA Compliance, HIPAA data breach, HIPAA enforcement, HIPAA healthcare data

Many have talked about how HIPAA audits have yet to materialize. But for some providers, HIPAA-related investigations are very much a reality. Take...


September 9, 2015  3:04 PM

HIPAA audits yet to materialize, though new guidance may be coming

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
HIPAA, HIPAA audits, OCR

The HIPAA audits are coming. We’ve heard that refrain before. But now it appears the of real (as opposed to pilot) HIPAA audits by the Department of Health and Human Services Office...


January 9, 2015  10:53 AM

With the new year in mind, a look back at hot health IT trends 20 years ago

Scott Wallask Scott Wallask Profile: Scott Wallask
EHR adoption, Healthcare, HIPAA audits, Interoperability, LOINC, Meaningful use, patient data, PDA, Smartphones

As we jump into 2015, health IT professionals are familiar with the road ahead: Meaningful use debates, HIPAA audits, and EHR advances will all make headlines this year. And new technologies like wearable devices will push the boundaries of patient-centered care. With that in mind, I thought it...


June 29, 2012  3:18 PM

HIPAA audit process suddenly less mysterious as OCR releases template

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIPAA, HIPAA audits, HIPAA Compliance, OCR

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights (OCR) - main enforcer of HIPAA patient data privacy and security laws - lifted the veil on its HIPAA audit process for health...


November 30, 2011  1:56 PM

Vendors need to better support legal EHR

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
adverse event reporting, AHIMA, HIPAA audits, Legal EHR, RSNA

CHICAGO -- Here at the Radiological Society of North America's RSNA 2011 annual meeting, I had a flashback. A presenter was going over how his large radiology group handles fuzzy or errant scans. It involved a multi-step rigmarole that...


November 28, 2011  2:00 PM

Don’t text patient orders, Joint Commission says

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
HIPAA audits, Text messaging

A short statement from The Joint Commission encourages hospitals to put the kibosh on physicians who send patient orders as


November 14, 2011  9:52 AM

Franken wants stricter health care data breach penalties

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
data breaches, HIPAA audits, HIPAA violations, PHI encryption

Two years ago, the HITECH Act toughened health care data breach penalties significantly. It seemed HIPAA finally had enough teeth for the industry to take it seriously. Perhaps not....


November 10, 2011  12:46 PM

OCR to begin random audits for HIPAA compliance

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
HIPAA audits, HIPAA Privacy Rule, HIPAA violations, Office for Civil Rights

Until recently, a health care organization's HIPAA compliance was put to the test only when a patient specifically filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR).  But the


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