News & Analysis

May 1, 2021
Briefings on HIPAA

Read about changes that could be coming for covered entities regarding records requests.

April 26, 2021
Briefings on HIPAA

Q: Is it considered a HIPAA violation for facilities to keep patient charts outside of exam rooms or at a patient's bedside? Most providers prefer to have the charts handy to review just before seeing the patient. However, anyone could walk by the room and potentially get a glance at the information. Would this be considered an incidental disclosure?

April 22, 2021
Medicare Web

Q: If an individual provides authorization for a disclosure, can the individual later revoke the authorization? Is the covered entity (CE) then required to “take back” or demand the erasure of any documentation by third parties that may have been made following the original authorization?

April 20, 2021
Medicare Web

Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Midwestern Regional Medical Center (CTCA) based in Zion, Illinois, reported a breach last month potentially affecting 104,808 individuals, according to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) breach report.

April 19, 2021
Briefings on HIPAA

Cybercrime is up in the healthcare industry, and it’s a good idea to make sure you’re ready to respond to cyber incidents. The key to speedy mitigation is to have a security incident response plan, test the plan, and make sure it works as you exercise it. Having a plan is also a HIPAA Security Rule requirement.

April 15, 2021
Medicare Web

Q: Is it safe to immediately shred charts that have been scanned into the electronic medical record system? Should we keep a paper backup?