Compliance Tips

How AI Can Help with Contract Management

By Gerry Blass and Robert F. Porr, CHC Nearly half of healthcare executives polled in a 2019 Accenture study rank artificial intelligence (AI) as the technology that will have the highest impact on improving their organizations’ operations in the next three years.1 The use of AI for improved patient care diagnostics and precision medicine are widely […]

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Podcast: Making Sense of the Preventing Harm Exception

EPISODE SUMMARY As part of our series about the Information Blocking Final Rule, Helen Oscislawski, Esq., joins HI Pitch host Mary Butler to discuss the finer points of the rule’s “preventing harm” exception, particularly when it applies to the release of labs and diagnostic test results. EPISODE NOTES For more on information blocking exceptions, check […]

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A 2016-2017 HIPAA Audits Industry Report shows that many organizations struggle with risk analysis. Learn about key takeaways from the report as well as advice from industry experts.

OCR report shows risk analysis remains an issue for organizations In addition to struggling to properly fulfill patient records requests, organizations largely failed to implement sufficient risk analyses and risk management strategies, the recently released 2016-2017 HIPAA Audits Industry Report revealed. The report found that 94% of covered entities (CE) and 88% of business associates […]

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COVID-19: Business Continuity Lessons Learned

Not only did the COVID-19 global pandemic change the way care is provided, it changed how security and compliance programs needed to be structured, especially with regard to disaster preparedness and business continuity. Though healthcare organizations typically have disaster recovery and business continuity (DR/BC) plans in place, it can often be difficult to operationalize those plans when a disaster arises.

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Protecting Health Information In The COVID-19 Era

Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, ransomware attacks were on the rise. “COVID has simply increased risk of attacks due to more locations with a remote workforce, [protected health information] through telehealth, more phishing attacks, more opportunities that hackers like to take advantage of.”

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Sharing Patient Information: Pros, Cons and Implications

The news late last year around Project Nightingale aroused interest from both healthcare organizations and the public on how and when protected health information (PHI) should be shared. With new technologies, new entrants to the healthcare market, how can healthcare providers balance HIPAA, cybersecurity protections, and the need to easily share data to improve patient care?

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