By Sheba Vine – HIPAA provides patients with fundamental rights to access, inspect and obtain a copy of their health information for as long as the information is maintained by the healthcare provider (covered entity) regardless of the date created, format of the PHI or where the PHI originated.
By Marty Callahan – When was the last time you updated yourself on the slew of regulations that impact hospital revenue cycle? If you have to think too hard, that’s probably a good sign you and your organization are at risk of running afoul of one of the many standards that silently hover above your daily operations.
Health IT Expo Extras – At this inaugural event in New Orleans, I spoke to Lee Horner of Synzi, Adam Klass of VigiLanz, and Mike Semel of Semel Consulting.
AHIMA called on Congress to support legislation to ensure healthcare professionals have access to their patients’ entire medical history – a move that could help address the opioid crisis in the US while maintaining the privacy and security of patient information.
By Matt Fisher – The Office for Civil Rights announced a $750,000 settlement with Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic, P.A. of NC on 4/20/16, resulting from a breach involving an “undocumented” business associate. The settlement comes only weeks before desk audits are expected to begin and focuses on a perceived area of weakness, BA agreements.
The switch to ICD-10 is mandatory for organizations covered by the HHIPAA, known as “HIPAA-covered entities.” Organizations not covered by the HIPAA, or “non-covered entities,” are not required to transition to ICD-10, but are strongly encouraged to do so. Non-covered entities include property and casualty insurance carriers, including auto insurers and workers’ compensation plans.
By Mike Semel – Once you become aware of a HIPAA data breach it is not a good idea to sweep it under the rug, especially when that is breaking the law and anyone who finds out can report you. Just because they are free and easy doesn’t mean you should use just any Internet file sharing service for storing patient information.
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