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Protected Health Information - Striking Fear When It Comes to Being Compromised

by Bevon Findley (SU)
Fearing if your organization is going to be compromised is a reality that needs to be faced. Most experts agree it is not if, but when. Having addressed these issues before a breach occurs and having a game plan in place can go a long way in making sure any impact can be minimized as much as possible.

Cybersecurity and HIPAA Compliance – Is Your Practice Prepared for a Hack Attack?

by Bevon Findley (SU)
With the recent cyber-attack of a major health system in the greater Washington, DC area, MedStar Health, it shows significant vulnerabilities still exist in managing and securing protected health information. MedStar is not alone as at least five other hospitals in California and Tennessee have been hacked in the last month not to mention many smaller organizations.

HIPAA – Can You Afford to be Compliant?

HIPAA – Can You Afford to be Compliant?

by Bevon Findley (SU)
Maybe the question should be, “Can your organization afford not to be compliant?” Just in the last two months of 2015, three HIPAA settlements were announced that totaled over $5 million in payments to the government. Leading the list was Triple-S Management Corporation’s $3.5 million settlement for widespread non-compliance issues discovered during an investigation after a breach notification. Avoiding fines and penalties does not need to be a costly proposition.

HIPAA – This Risk of Complacency

by Bevon Findley (SU)
Let’s face it. For any organization, following all the HIPAA requirements can be an enormous challenge. The larger the organization, the more complex these challenges can get, especially when it comes to educating and training a workforce.

An OIG Mandate for Increased HIPAA Oversight and Enforcement

An OIG Mandate for Increased HIPAA Oversight and Enforcement

by Bevon Findley (SU)
The HIPAA enforcement winds have been blowing for a while. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agency responsible for enforcement, has attempted to be proactive when it comes to making sure healthcare providers and business associates are meeting their compliance requirements.