Compliance Updates

June 16, 2016   |   Gerry Blass

Office of Civil Rights Phase 2 HIPAA Audit Protocols

Based on prior statements from the OCR and their recently distributed survey, the pool of audit candidates will be approximately 800 to start. These randomly selected organizations will be chosen using the National Provider Identifier database and other external sources.

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December 11, 2015   |   Gerry Blass

Business Intelligence and Big Data – What are the HIPAA Privacy and Security Impacts?

Since we are talking about healthcare information we must talk about protected health information (PHI) and the HIPAA-HITECH-OMNIBUS Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. BI and Big Data analysis that includes PHI and its use and disclosure must be reviewed against the HIPAA security and privacy requirements and the breach notification requirements.

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October 12, 2015   |   Gerry Blass

The Ever Increasing Size of Healthcare Breaches

The numbers of individuals involved in recent breaches have been huge in relation to the magic number of 500. We all read about breaches involving millions of individuals. Some of the recent cyber attacks have potentially resulted in numbers up to 10 million. Compare that to 500, and you have to wonder if that metric is going to increase, and where will it all end. How big can future breaches become?

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April 30, 2015   |   Gerry Blass

Accountable Care Organizations & Health Information Exchanges (An Information Security Survey)

Journal of Healthcare Information Management – (JHIM) – Winter 2015 Used by permission from HIMSS. Download the JHIM PDF version of this article The authors have written a number of JHIM columns regarding HIPAA-HITECH-Omnibus, (HIPAA ,Heath Insurance Portability and Accountability Act; HITECH, Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) etc., and have focused at … Continue reading Accountable Care Organizations & Health Information Exchanges (An Information Security Survey)

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January 8, 2015   |   Gerry Blass

Innovation in HealthCare – The Impact on Information Privacy and Security

It is hard to believe that the HIPAA Security Rule was written when most medical records were only in hardcopy format. Today, HIPAA CEs and BAs must make sure they understand their current vulnerabilities that could impact how they protect PHI. We read about PHI breaches on a regular basis, and some have been huge. This kind of news has certainly caught the attention of healthcare leaders. The key is to continually have a program in place to assess changes that result from innovation and try to stay one step ahead of related potential vulnerabilities.

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September 15, 2014   |   Gerry Blass

Audits and Evidence of Compliance- Will Your Organization Be Audited?

Could your organization be selected for an audit? The answer is obviously yes. So how do you prepare? We recommend that your organization conduct a document review and organize all your HIPAA privacy, security, and breach notification policies, procedures, plans and evidence of due diligence in one place for easy access to provide to OCR. Remember that OCR only provides a two-week notice. If your organizations documentation is not organized, two weeks may not be enough time to get ready for the audit.

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October 1, 2013   |   Gerry Blass

Webinar with Leading Industry Experts on Best Practices for Omnibus Rule Compliance and Vendor Management

The Omnibus Rule outlines significant changes to the relationships between covered entities and business associates, leading to a variety of compliance and vendor management challenges. This webinar provides attendees with an understanding of what has changed for business associates with the Omnibus Rule, and discusses how it changes the relationship between provider and vendor.

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