By Art Gross – As a covered entity or business associate, protecting sensitive patient information is not just a priority—it’s a legal and ethical obligation. HIPAA stands as the guardian of patient data, ensuring its security, privacy, and confidentiality. One of the cornerstones of HIPAA compliance is the Security Risk Assessment, a comprehensive evaluation of potential vulnerabilities and risks to patient data.
As patients increasingly permit access to their health information by way of third-party applications (apps), the need to ensure the privacy and security of this data has exponentially grown. Many of these apps are not covered entities under HIPAA and are not bound by any current privacy and security requirements
By Art Gross – The list of cybercrime tactics is always evolving, changing, and unfortunately growing. So, providing a complete list is something that no one could confidently do. However, you should be suspicious of emails or phone calls that request patient information or confirm information that the caller or emailer provides.
By Art Gross – Phishing is the practice of tricking users by imitating reputable companies in order to reveal personal or confidential information which can then be used in a more illicit manner. This is done via a deceptive email or website, and often in a combination of both.
By Art Gross – The Federal Trade Commission recently released a new policy statement that requires health apps and connected device companies that collect health information to comply with the Health Breach Notification Rule. Yes, that means those very apps that so many of us use to collect our heart rate, weight, sleep…
By Art Gross – The healthcare industry has been called to task this year in ways that make them heroic in the eyes of the world. As a global community, words can’t accurately convey the gratitude they deserve from all of us. Today we’re going to talk about another way, one that is less visible, but very important, in which healthcare workers are heroes of a different kind.
By Art Gross – How many unexpected and unforeseen circumstances can 2020 present us with? Each month we think that we’ve likely seen it all, considered it all, and readied ourselves for whatever comes our way. This year has provided us with plenty to panic over, and many things that we never thought we’d face.
By Art Gross – Earlier this month, a data breach affecting Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp, and Opko was announced, stemming from an incident caused by the collections vendor, American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA).
By Keith Boone – I’ve been seeing a lot of tweets recently complaining about misuse of HIPAA (about a half-dozen). Mostly from people who know better than doctors what the regulations and legislation actually says.
By Judy Sarasohn – A Jacksonville, Florida, woman received a call last month that appeared to be from the HHS Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) hotline. The caller told her that she had won a $9,000 grant from the federal government.
By Matt Fisher – Dropping HIPAA Insights: Audits Will Not Result In Fines – The first Healthcare De Jure show was recorded on Tuesday, April 26th with Deven McGraw, Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy at the HHS Office for Civil Rights, as the first guest. The discussion covered many aspects of HIPAA, with a particular focus on the Privacy Rule and the newly started second round of audits.
The GetMyHealthData Campaign embraces new guidance released by HSS for clearly stating that, among other things, patients should receive copies of their health information free of charge under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).