Posts Categorized: Regulatory Thursday

Many healthcare providers are doing just that. Healthcare providers are leaving important healthcare information open for anyone to take. Just like locking your front door, you must protect your health information. We can help your practice get up to date and prepared to minimize breach risks from third-party vendors. Subscribe to stay current and up… Read the rest »

Healthcare providers work hard to earn a living practicing medicine.  In this multi-part series, we are discussing the need for an active compliance program in order to avoid large, unnecessary fines and payouts.  Training your employees can make the difference between detecting a problem early and waiting until an investigator comes knocking on your door.… Read the rest »

USA Today reports that Johns Hopkins announced payment of $190 million to settle claims against a Johns Hopkins gynecologist who secretly recorded his patients.  Johns Hopkins had no knowledge of the recordings by the physician and denies liability.  However, Johns Hopkins is paying to settle claims. Although the facts of this case are unusual, it gives us… Read the rest »

Losing a flash drive can cost you $1 Million dollars.  Why? The flash drive had health information on it. The HIPAA fines and penalties underscore the importance of properly protecting devices with electronic PHI. In December 2013, a dermatology practice in Massachusetts lost an unencrypted flash drive.  The flash drive had health information for 2,200 patients. The government… Read the rest »

Are you using unencrypted e-mail to communicate with patients?  Since the HITECH Act went into effect in the fall of 2013, the rules about e-mail have changed.  Healthcare providers must use reasonable precautions to use e-mail to communicate with patients. “The Privacy Rule allows covered health care providers to communicate electronically, such as through e-mail,… Read the rest »

Since July 4th holiday is upon us, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the amazingly hard working doctors and nurses who have served tirelessly in war, in peace and at Veteran’s hospitals throughout the world. There has been much in the news lately about the failings of the nation’s military Veteran hospitals.… Read the rest »

The answer is “yes.” The government is committed to shining a light on what used to be private billing information. In April 2014, the government released the Medicare billing information for all doctors. The information surprised many patients and doctors.  For the first time, CMS released utilization and payment data to the public so patients… Read the rest »

HIPAA and its crippling fines, which can range from $100-$50,000 per violation, are increasing! HHS has announced that they intend to pursue more HIPAA fines than ever.  Penalties under federal health privacy laws are likely to increase substantially in the coming year.  Article. Healthcare providers and entities involved in using or disclosing health information need to… Read the rest »