News & Analysis

April 22, 2019
Briefings on HIPAA

There are fewer hoops to jump through when another provider requests a practice’s patient records than when an attorney requests them, but the requesting providers don’t have an automatic right to those records, and you can’t just hand them over.

April 19, 2019
Medicare Web

The healthcare industry had more cybersecurity breaches than any other sector in 2018 and the number one cause of breaches across all industries was phishing, according to the fifth annual Data Security Incident Response Report from the law firm BakerHostetler.

April 18, 2019
Medicare Web

Q: If a patient requests copies of his or her medical record, which is allowed by the Privacy Rule, is the patient required to pay for the copies?

April 15, 2019
Briefings on HIPAA

Once you understand the basics of privacy and disclosure of PHI under HIPAA, strive to keep staff trained. According to Section 164.530 (b) of the Privacy Rule, a covered entity must train all members of their workforce on the policies and procedures with respect to PHI as necessary and appropriate.

April 12, 2019
Medicare Web

CMS released a bulletin April 10 on behalf of HHS seeking providers to participate in a volunteer Provider Pilot Program to test the process for reviewing compliance with its HIPAA Administrative Simplification rules.

April 11, 2019
Medicare Web

Q: I’m a benefits administrator, and I got a call from human resources about an email she received from an employee about a procedure performed by her physician that was not covered by her insurance. Can I discuss the case with human resources? Or should I talk directly to the employee?