Six Steps to Lock Down Patient Data

Six Steps to Lock Down Patient Data

Think your practice is too small for a data breach to occur? Think again. It’s vital to stay on the right side of HIPAA requirements for data security. This isn’t always easy and can cost a significant amount, but in general, locking down data is less expensive than damage control after a breach. Breaches of patient information are on the rise—138% from 2012 to 2013, according to breach data reported to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). And...

Patient Access to Data: Too Much Information? Maybe Not. Improving Your EMR

Patient Access to Data: Too Much Information? Maybe Not. Improving Your EMR

How much patient information can you share with…your patient? And does your support staff know the answer? Patients’ access to their own health information is a cornerstone of HIPAA, the intent of which is to protect the privacy and security of identifiable health information. However, HIPAA has generated plenty of confusion as to who has access to what. As a result, practice administrators might be gun-shy around HIPAA to the point where they might not let patients access their own...

Jay Hodes of Colington Consulting on HIPAA Compliance and Protecting Medical Records

Jay Hodes of Colington Consulting on HIPAA Compliance and Protecting Medical Records

Jay Hodes, president of Colington Consulting, is a leading expert in HIPAA compliance with over 30 years of experience. We recently asked him headlines and trends related to HIPAA today and about where healthcare organization should start when assessing compliance. Here’s what he had to say: Tell us about Colington Consulting. What services do you offer? Who should be using them? Colington Consulting provides a full range of HIPAA compliance services to the healthcare industry and those organizations designated as...

Cyber Insurance – A Hack-Free New Year

Cyber Insurance – A Hack-Free New Year

Hacking risks are rising for healthcare systems of all sizes. 2015 was a banner year for data breaches and inadvertent releases of patients’ protected health information (PHI). The biggest cases involved health insurers, but healthcare systems and small practices were breached as well. Healthcare-related data breaches are reportedly on the rise, even in light of improved compliance with HIPAA and HITECH. And that trend probably won’t reverse in 2016. Of course, no system is theft-proof, but physicians can lower the...

HIPAA Enhancements: How They Affect Your Practice

Although HIPAA has been in effect for 17 years, confusion remains about some aspects. The passing of the HITECH act earlier this year added a few wrinkles and brought this issue back to the forefront. Do you know the difference between HIPAA and HITECH or when it started? The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act(HIPAA), sets the standard for protecting sensitive patient data. HIPAA was introduced in 1996 by the late Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and former Senator Nancy Kasselbaum...