11 09, 2017

GDPR Compliance and HIPAA: How to Address Both

2017-09-22T16:55:42+00:00 September 11th, 2017|

GDPR compliance and HIPAA have been topics of international discussion as health care organizations prepare to meet the demands of the new regulation. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new data security regulation that's slated to take effect in the European Union on May 25, 2018. Compared to its American counterpart, the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), there are several key [...]

18 08, 2017

HIPAA and Social Media

2017-11-10T17:19:26+00:00 August 18th, 2017|

HIPAA and social media use can lead to some of the most common misunderstandings that health care professionals face. Employees who aren’t properly trained on HIPAA and social media can potentially expose your organization to costly HIPAA violation fines. Whether your practice is using Facebook to attract new clients, or your employees are posting about their workday on Twitter, improper use of social media can lead to major problems for [...]

17 07, 2017

The EHR and HIPAA Compliance Guide: What You Need to Know

2017-11-10T17:34:17+00:00 July 17th, 2017|

  Success in today’s health care market depends on evolution. New technologies give you the change to respond to new threats to health care data. Two essential technologies you can leverage to inoculate against these threats are EHR platforms and HIPAA compliance solutions. Continue reading HERE! Resources Compliancy Group gives health care professionals confidence in their HIPAA compliance with The Guard™. The Guard is a web-based HIPAA compliance solution, [...]

28 06, 2017

Are You Addressing These 7 Elements of HIPAA Compliance?

2017-06-28T16:06:54+00:00 June 28th, 2017|

One of the most important pieces of guidance that HHS has put out in regards to HIPAA compliance is The Seven Fundamental Elements of an Effective Compliance Program. Since this guidance was first released, OCR enforcement for HIPAA violations has increased significantly. Between 2015 and 2016 alone, there was a four-fold increase in total fines levied (from $6.2 million to $23.5 million). The 7 Elements represent the minimum necessary [...]

21 06, 2017

CoPilot Settles $130K for Breach Notification with New York AG

2017-09-22T16:50:09+00:00 June 21st, 2017|

CoPilot Provider Services has reached a $130,000 settlement with New York state for delaying its HIPAA breach notification process. NY Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, determined that CoPilot unlawfully delayed HIPAA breach notification to 221,178 customers a full year after the initial breach took place. Schneiderman's office found that the data breach occurred in October of 2015 due to access by an unauthorized user. CoPilot stores confidential reimbursement data on [...]

13 06, 2017

Is Gmail HIPAA Compliant?

2017-06-13T13:52:27+00:00 June 13th, 2017|

Many of you might be asking "Is Gmail HIPAA compliant?" Google applications such as Gmail and other G Suite Services have long been a standard resource for businesses. But when it comes to health care practices, how do you know if your sensitive patient data is being kept safe? HIPAA Basics Google has safeguards in place that can successfully keep protected health information (PHI) secure during email transmission. HIPAA [...]

6 06, 2017

eClinicalWorks Hit With $155M Settlement for False Claims

2017-09-14T17:25:57+00:00 June 6th, 2017|

EHR HIPAA compliance is a growing concern in the health care industry, especially in the aftermath of the US Department of Justice's (DOJ) recent settlement with eClinicalWorks. Pair this fine with hints out of the Department of Health and Human Services about forthcoming EHR HIPAA compliance guidance, and it seems likely that the trend in EHR HIPAA enforcement will continue to grow throughout the rest of 2017. A $155M [...]

25 05, 2017

Mount Sinai-St. Luke’s Pays $387K HIPAA Settlement for Privacy Violation

2017-05-25T11:59:54+00:00 May 25th, 2017|

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has levied a $387,200 HIPAA settlement against St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center for unlawful disclosure of patient data. OCR was alerted to the breach in September of 2014. A patient at the Institute for Advanced Medicine (formerly the Spencer Cox Center for Health) reported that a staff member disclosed the patient's protected health information (PHI) to the patient's [...]

16 05, 2017

Influencer Interviews: Jerry Godwin of Optometric Medical Solutions

2017-05-24T20:07:08+00:00 May 16th, 2017|

Jerry Godwin of OMS The optometric health care market is primed for tremendous growth. At least, that's what Jerry Godwin of Optometric Medical Solutions has to say. Optometric Medical Solutions (OMS) is a practice management, revenue cycle management, and consulting firm based out of San Antonio, Texas. Jerry, President and CEO, has been working in the eye care space for years now. OMS runs like a well-oiled [...]

27 04, 2017

Ransomware, Interoperability, Medical Apps Major Focus of 2017 HIPAA Enforcement

2017-07-25T00:09:27+00:00 April 27th, 2017|

Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Director Roger Severino made major suggestions into upcoming 2017 HIPAA enforcement in his opening talk at Health Datapalooza 2017. Severino is the newly appointed Director of the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) OCR. He said that OCR is "mindful of the regulatory side of things," and spoke about enforcement of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules in the changing face of medical [...]