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Lack of a Security Management Process to Safeguard ePHI Costs a FQHC $400,000 and Must Implement Corrective Action Plan

April 17, 2017. On April 12, 2017, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced in a news release entitled: “Overlooking risks leads to [...]

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Time for Covered Entities and Business Associates to Harden Their Security Defenses

January 31, 2017. In recent posts on the HIPAA Integrity® Website, we have urged our readers and clients to invest in security and to harden access to their IT systems in order to minimize the [...]

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Lessons Learned from Breach Reports: A Cautionary Tale for Achieving HIPAA Compliance in Six Parts – (III) Portable Device Security

On May 20, 2014, then Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, transmitted to Congress the required HITECH Act document:  Annual Report to Congress on [...]

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Lessons Learned from Breach Reports: A Cautionary Tale for Achieving HIPAA Compliance in Six Parts – (II) Security Evaluation

On May 20, 2014, then Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, transmitted to Congress the required HITECH Act document:  Annual Report to Congress on [...]

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Patient Engagement: Correcting Medical Errors Is a Different Type of Security

June 10, 2014.  When we speak of “security” in this set of HIPAA Safeguard posts, we generally refer to it in the context of the HIPAA Security Rule and compliance by covered entities and [...]