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Does HIPAA Compliance Equal Security?

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HIPAA compliance (meeting the parameters of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) is a massive point of focus for healthcare organizations – and for good reason. Beyond the fines that a company can have to pay for violations, there are numerous other costs associated with the data breaches that are typically associated with noncompliance. Keep in mind, …

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What is Managed HIPAA Compliance – and How Does It Help?

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The world of HIPAA compliance can seem complex. There are so many considerations to make – from choosing a HIPAA compliant fax service to enacting /HIPAA compliant-email-providers/, to ensuring that the physical premises of an office or facility are secure. Each consideration is important; there’s no doubting that. But it all adds up to a lot of complexity and a …

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Are you Dealing with Compliant Vendors?

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Most health care providers do not carry out all their health care activities and functions by themselves. The HIPAA Privacy Rule applies only to covered entities. However, it does allow providers to disclose certain protected health information to business associates. If a provider contract any services the provider must obtain assurances that the business associate will use the information for …

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Why Does HIPAA Compliant Hosting Cost More?

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Why does a HIPAA-compliant system cost more than a standard hosting environment does? The reason at a broad level is the need for extra technological “bells and whistles” – although they are by no means superficial. These additional features are necessary because of healthcare regulations, established by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), that are focused …

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NueMD’s 2016 Survey Shows HIPAA Awareness is Increasing

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NueMD is a cloud-based medical billing service that administered a HIPAA compliance survey in 2014. The survey intended to gauge knowledge of regulations and compliance measures. In 2016, they issued a follow-up survey to evaluate the change in HIPAA compliance and awareness over time. The 2016 NueMD survey received 927 total responses, 86% from medical practices and 6% from billing …

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How to Audit Your Business Associates

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You as a covered entity (CE) must have realized by now that your business associates’ (BAs’) activities can jeopardize your organization, especially if you need to share PHI with them — in most instances you will need to do so. The extent to which it is shared as well as the limitations you put on their right to disclosure are …

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