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Urban Legends & the HIPAA Risk Analysis

Strange as it might seem, HIPAA compliance and the New York City sewer system share a connection. Both have given rise to “stories with little or no supporting evidence that spread spontaneously in varying forms and often have elements of humor, moralizing, or horror” — in other words, both contain  the stuff of “urban legends.” In the case of New York City, urban legend says that large alligators prowl its sewer system, flushed there by New Yorkers returning from Florida vacations with live, little “lizards,” souvenirs they soon tired of. In the case of HIPAA, legend has it that the […]

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How to Prepare for the Risk Assessment HIPAA Requires

  My brother-in-law retired a few years ago after more than three decades in private practice. He ran his busy office the old fashioned way — without computers. His patients’ records were kept in manila folders filed in a wall of shelves. In longhand, his office manager recorded appointments in a big black book and kept track of accounts in a ledger tucked into a backroom drawer. Today when I sat down to blog here about how to prepare for a risk analysis/risk assessment (the terms are interchangeable), I couldn’t help but think about my brother-in-law’s healthcare office and how […]

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