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What Comes Up, Must Go Down: Regulatory Trends and HIPAA

by ih-coc admin
Enforcement of HIPAA mandates by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) are more aggressive than ever before, “totaling $28.7 million from enforcement actions” in 2018, an increase of 22% from the last record total of $23.5 million in 2016.

The Ongoing Importance of Completing Business Associate Agreements (BAA) with Vendors

by ih-coc admin
The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced on December 4, 2018, that Advanced Care Hospitalists PL (ACH), operating in West Central Florida, agreed to a settlement of $500,000 and to adopt a substantial Corrective Action Plan (CAP) regarding potential HIPAA violations arising out of security breaches caused by hiring a billing contractor without implementing a Business Associate Agreement (BAA).

HIPAA Best Practices for Employee Termination

by ih-coc admin
According to OCR Director Roger Severino, “it’s common sense that former employees should immediately lose access to protected patient information upon their separation from employment.”

Is a HIPAA Violation a Reportable Breach?

by ih-coc admin
Just because a member of an organization’s workforce violates HIPAA policies and procedures, it is not necessarily a breach reporting requirement.

Am I Designated as a HIPAA Business Associate?

by ih-coc admin
An easy way to figure out if you or your company is a BA is by asking this question?