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What is HIPAA?

What is HIPAA? HIPPA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (1996) This is a Federal Statute to improve national standards for electronic health care transactions, unique health identifiers, and security. Congress recognized that advances...

Be Careful-HIPAA Has Teeth

Last week we reviewed all the civil and criminal penalties associated with HIPAA violations/breaches.  We promised to tell you, this week, about the few cases that involved jail time. These violations were from people who weren't careful. Violations of HIPAA that are...

Informative Guidelines to Follow

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for enforcement of the HIPAA law. These enforcements aren't all just "guidelines" however. OCR began enforcement efforts in earnest in 2011. Since then, the amount of...

Time to Strengthen your BA Agreements

So far this year, 22 breaches have been reported for 2017. Of course, there are still 2016 breaches being report to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website. While all the 2017 breaches so far are small, the largest one provides some good learnings on...

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