Healthcare EMR Blog

EMRSoap write-up of the HIPAA Hangout by Industry Leaders

January 23, 2013  |  by benw  |  Blog, News

On 1.23.2013, Devin McGraw, Brian Ahier, and David Harlow sat down and chatted about HIPAA.  These are big industry leaders, and it was great to hear their thoughts on the matters involved.  Here’s the link to the video of the Session. Here are links to their media. Brian Ahier’s blog – http://www.ahier.blogspot.com/ David Harlow – …

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Monetary Fines under HIPAA Omnibus Rule

January 22, 2013  |  by benw  |  Blog, News

  There are 4 categories of HIPAA violations that reflect increasing levels of culpability and negligence.  These levels correspond to corresponding tiers of penalties amounts.  The Table below shows these penalties amounts.   More fines Leon Rodriguez has said as much, but there’s going to be more fines under the HIPAA Omnibus Rule.  The very …

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Business Associates under the HIPAA Omnibus Rule

January 18, 2013  |  by benw  |  Blog, News

Who’s a Business Associate under the HIPAA Omnibus Rule? The Definition of Business Associate has been slightly changed to explicitly designate more persons and organizations as business associates. Patient Safety Activities will be added to the list of function that a person can take on behalf of a covered entity that give rise to a …

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HIPAA Omnibus Rule Basic FAQ

January 18, 2013  |  by benw  |  Blog, News

HIPAA Omnibus Rule Basic FAQ: Q: When do I have to start complying with the HIPAA Omnibus Rule? A: The rule is effective on March 26th, 2013.  Covered Entities, their Business Associates, and their respective subcontractors must comply with the new rules by September 23rd 2013.  (page 2 at 15)  Note that this gives you …

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EMRSoap’s HIPAA Omnibus Guide

January 18, 2013  |  by benw  |  Blog, News

HHS just released yesterday the new HIPAA Omnibus rule.  This rule was made to formally include the modifications required from the HITECH act, PSQIA, GINA, and others into HIPAA. The Omnibus rule is intended to make HIPAA compliance clearer.  Somewhat paradoxically, this clarity is coming initially in the form of a 563 page document. Part …

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Initial Summary of Newly Released HIPAA Omnibus Rule

January 17, 2013  |  by benw  |  Blog, News

Well, I’ll be up pretty late tonight going over the just released 563 page HIPAA Omnibus Rule, but here are the initial takeaways from their Summary page – Make business associates of covered entities directly liable for compliance with certain of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules’ requirements.  Which requirements?  We’ll have to see. Strengthen …

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3 Lessons from the Historic Hospice of North Idaho Breach

January 2, 2013  |  by benw  |  Blog, News

Big news in the Health IT world out today – The Hospice of North Idaho is facing a $50,000 fine for an ePHI breach involving 441 patients. To outsiders, that may not seem like a big deal. But for those up to date on HIPAA compliance news, this is important. Below are a few key …

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