Healthcare EMR Blog

How To Create a HIPAA Compliant Business Associate Contract

May 28, 2013  |  by robinp  |  Blog, EMRSOAP Services, News

Under the HIPAA Omnibus rule, heath care providers have to be more careful than ever with how they handle protected information. This includes carefully managing any protected information that business associates might handle. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a business associate is: “a person or entity, other than a member …

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How safe is your information? A guide on how to make better passwords and use them securely

May 7, 2013  |  by robinp  |  Blog, EMRSOAP Services, News

Passwords have become the primary mechanism by which many people prove their online identity so as to communicate, bank, shop, and use their electronics. This can be a good thing – easier access to information is usually positive. When it comes to protecting sensitive information however, people need to be increasingly careful with what they …

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HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Audits – What this means for small providers

May 7, 2013  |  by robinp  |  Blog, EMRSOAP Services, News

On April 23, the HCCA 2013 Compliancy Institute released the initial overview of its Audit of HIPAA privacy, security, and breach notification compliancy. Since December of 2012, 115 performance audits of health care providers, plans, and clearinghouses have been conducted. While the number of audits is small, the results have major implications for small providers. …

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Should we trust our Business Associates?

April 17, 2013  |  by benw  |  Blog, News

In short: yes, you should trust your business associates, but you must verify that they are claiming.  So you should trust them, but you shouldn’t put faith in them.  Whether you are a medical provider dealing with a business associates or a business associates engaging a subcontracting business associate, handing over data on the simple …

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Agency in HIPAA Omnibus Rule

February 12, 2013  |  by benw  |  Blog

Agency in HIPAA Omnibus Rule Whether or not an entity qualifies as a Business Associate or an Agent could potentially be very important for a medical practice. Why?  Imagine the following scenario: You set up a relationship with a Business Associate (let’s say, an outsourced Billings provider).  The Billings provider has a data breach.  If …

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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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What Does the Future of Health IT hold?

August 22, 2012  |  by benw  |  Blog

As part of the leadup to Health IT week, and the simultaneous blog carnival, HIMSS is encouraging thought leadership on the question: How will health IT make a difference a year from now? At EMRSoap, we see health IT increasingly affecting us in the same way that other types of IT already have.  As a …

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