News & Analysis

September 1, 2010
Briefings on HIPAA

The cost of failure to comply with the HIPAA Security Rule has significantly increased during the past few years. This cost is not related solely to regulatory changes; it is also associated with data loss and corruption, legal risks, and damage to business image. Many healthcare organizations relegate disaster recovery planning and disaster preparedness to the back burner. This represents a regulatory compliance concern and a significant risk to organizations.

September 1, 2010
Briefings on HIPAA

Q. In the April issue of BOH, one of the Q&As discussed who must send out breach notification letters if the business associate (BA) was responsible for the breach. The answer was covered entities. Didn’t HITECH make BAs covered entities?

September 1, 2010
Briefings on HIPAA

OCR is seeking comments on the HIPAA proposed rule published July in the Federal Register through September 13.

September 1, 2010
Briefings on HIPAA

Dena Boggan, CPC, CMC, CCP, chuckled when someone recently suggested that her staff audit some patient records.

“I wish I had a staff,” laughed Boggan, HIPAA privacy/security officer at St. Dominic Jackson (MS) Memorial Hospital. 

However, this is fairly typical in many healthcare settings, where HIPAA privacy and security officers often are the only individuals who are responsible for compliance.

September 1, 2010
Case Management Monthly

A case manager brings a stubborn physician to the hospital’s ethics committee

 

September 1, 2010
Case Management Monthly

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed modifications to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules in July. In light of the changes, now might be a good time to make sure you and your colleagues understand those rules. 

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