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HIPAA Privacy Rule. HIPAA Security Rule. What’s the Difference?

Eavesdrop on a conversation about HIPAA compliance and most likely you’ll hear the words “privacy” and “security” — sometimes separately, often together, and usually in the context of safeguarding patient information. “So, what exactly is the difference between ‘privacy’ and ‘security’ in relation to HIPAA compliance?” you ask. With today’s HIPAA Quick Tip I’ll try to clear that up. And at the end of this post, you can test your understanding of that distinction with a one-question quiz. (I’m joking. Sort of. You’ll see.) The HIPAA’s Privacy Rule refers to the broad requirements to protect the confidentiality of Protected Health […]

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8 Simple Physical Safeguards for Protected Health Information

It’s happened in hundreds of offices. A thirsty staff member brings a beverage to a computer workstation. Sets in down within easy reach. Logs on to the computer and turns her attention to the screen. A few minutes later, she absently reaches for the drink. Accidentally knocks it over. Gasps as the cola from her Big Gulp seeps into the crevices of the practice’s main computer. Stuff happens. Here are a few simple physical safeguards you can put in place to protect health information from perils as varied as spills, overloaded outlets, fire dangers, and earthquakes. Eat, drink, and be merry […]

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Having Business Associate Agreements Can Save a Healthcare Office Boku Bucks

“The times they are a changin’,” Bob Dylan sang in the Sixties. And they still are, especially when it comes to HIPAA and its regulaltions regarding Business Associate Agreements. The Omnibus Rule that went into effect in September of 2013 makes it clear that business associates of healthcare practices now have to comply with many of the provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, all of the HIPAA Security Rule, and HIPAA’s Breach Notification Rule. While Business Associate Agreements have been part of HIPAA since it began, the big changes since the passage of the Omnibus Rule include: An expanded definition […]

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Can You Keep a Secret? 9 Tips for Creating Strong Passwords.

The computers in your office are veritable treasure chests of information cyber pirates would love to get their hands on. Only authorized personnel in a practice should have the keys to unlock what’s inside.  Passwords as those keys. They play an important role in protecting Electronic Health Records (EHR) and the vital information those records hold. The HIPAA Security Rule says that “reasonable and appropriate . . . procedures for creating, changing, and safeguarding passwords” must be in place. But the rule doesn’t stop there. It goes on to say that “In addition to providing passwords for access, entities must ensure that workforce […]

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