Does HIPAA apply to you? You might not be compliant.

Does HIPAA apply to you? You might not be compliant.

“HIPAA doesn’t apply to me.” We hear it all the time. But are you willing to bet your practice’s future and your patients’ trust on that? HIPAA sets national requirements for the privacy and security of patient records. It tells you what information you must protect, how you should protect it, and what to do...

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Mouth Open, Lips Sealed: 5 Five HIPAA Tips for Dentists

Mouth Open, Lips Sealed: 5 Five HIPAA Tips for Dentists

Keep your dental practice HIPAA compliant by enacting policies that protect your patients’ information against data breaches. If you are a dentist, you already understand the importance of HIPAA’s mandate that you safely store and protect your patients’ personal health information (PHI). While the main goal of HIPAA is to keep patients’ private information secure,...

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You’ve Been Served: A Mental Health Provider’s Guide to Records Requests

You’ve Been Served: A Mental Health Provider’s Guide to Records Requests

Received a subpoena or court order for confidential information? We untangle some of the issues around releasing your therapy patient’s records. Mental health providers engage with highly confidential health information on a daily basis. From our experience, psychiatrists and therapists also tend to be sensitive to the information in their patient records and very HIPAA-literate. ...

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5 Things Healthcare Providers are Doing Wrong on Social Media

5 Things Healthcare Providers are Doing Wrong on Social Media

Are your social media practices compliant with HIPAA and other medical privacy laws? If you’re not careful, that seemingly harmless post can land you in hot water.  Avoid these five common mistakes healthcare professionals make on social media. Most of us cannot go more than 10 minutes without checking our Twitter or Facebook feeds for updates....

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What U.S. Healthcare Providers Need to Know About GDPR

What U.S. Healthcare Providers Need to Know About GDPR

Over the past few months, you probably noticed the deluge of emails from major companies informing you of changes to their online privacy policies. This was largely in response to the European Union’s (EU) adoption of its new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which took effect on May 25, 2018. What is GDPR? Does it...

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5 Things to Do Before Buying a Healthcare Practice

5 Things to Do Before Buying a Healthcare Practice

#1 – Review the books. Personally evaluate all liabilities and assets. This helps you understand how much business is necessary to sustain the practice, how adequately (or inadequately) employees are compensated, whether patient accounts are sent to collections, and whether the practice is something in which you want to invest. With the books in front...

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5 Lessons from the ATI Physical Therapy HIPAA Breach

5 Lessons from the ATI Physical Therapy HIPAA Breach

Earlier this month, ATI Physical Therapy in Illinois submitted a HIPAA breach notification to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. An IT-related breach compromised the protected health information (“PHI”) of 35,136 patients.  In January, ATI discovered that some employees’ direct deposit information had been altered, and it subsequently launched a forensic investigation into...

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