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HIPAA Compliance: When Disaster Strikes: Ask 4 Questions to Evaluate Breach Risk

15. January 2014

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Breach notification rules have changed — are you up-to-speed? You think you have a potential breach of protected health information (PHI). What now? First, don’t panic — instead, follow these four steps to evaluate the breach risk. Important:

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Compliance: Keep 3 Things in Mind to Streamline Your HIPAA Security Protection Plan

18. December 2013

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The New Year is the perfect time to get information security in place. If your facility doesn’t have a formal process in place to manage your data security, let 2014 be the time to get the job done. Here’s why: Not…

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Disaster Planning: Is Your EMR System Disaster-Ready?

18. December 2013

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Tip: Rate potential disasters from full-fledged crises to small-scale events. Most hospitals, nursing homes, and practices are dependent on electronic medical records (EMR) these days. That means it’s more important than ever to have a plan to secure access to…

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Home Health Documentation: Get Ready for the HHCCN

20. November 2013

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Don’t think of the new form as just one more piece of paper to stock and organize. Notification requirements are much the same but you must begin using the new Home Health Change of Care Notice (HHCCN) instead of the…

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Privacy Breaches: Be On Your Guard with These Vulnerable Areas

20. November 2013

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You can’t afford to fall short in your compliance efforts. Recent breaches have shown that portable electronic devices like laptops, smartphones, thumb drives, etc. are the top most easily compromised sources of patient health information (PHI). With audits likely to…

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CERT: Is Your MAC Likely to Come Looking for Money You Still Owe? Good news: CERT results reveal practices actually made fewer errors in 2012 than in 2011.

16. October 2013

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Unless you are among the few practices the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has identified as having been underpaid, it’s time to check your records to see if you are on the list of those who need to…

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HIPAA Compliance: Be Prepared: What You Need to Know about the Revamped HIPAA Audits Plus: Understand the new HIPAA enforcement penalty structure.

16. October 2013

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Very likely, sooner or later, you’ll face a HIPAA audit. Are you prepared? Do you know what to expect when auditors come knocking? The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) §13411 now requires the U.S. Department…

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HIPAA Compliance: How To Properly Handle Disclosure-Restriction Requests

17. September 2013

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What’s the true impact of this new patient right?   For a decade now, patients have had the right to request restrictions of disclosures when it comes to their own protected health information (PHI) — and providers have had the…

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Compliance: Bust These 5 Common Compliance Myths

17. September 2013

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Tip: Make a good faith effort to comply with the spirit of the law.   Don’t get waylaid by compliance folklore and miss the risk-management boat. Read on to get the facts before you find your practice high and dry.…

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ICD-10: New NCDs Won’t Solve All Your Conversion Problems

21. August 2013

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If you haven’t converted to the 5010 platform, now is the time to do so, says CMS. The Oct. 1, 2014 date for transitioning to ICD-10 is firm and it’s no use hoping for further delays. The Centers for Medicare

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