Tag Archives | HIPAA data breach

Navigating the Rough Waters of a Being a HIPAA Business Associate

One the most frequently asked question of organizations in the healthcare universe (anyone who manages PHI) is “Am I a HIPAA Business Associate?”  The second most frequent question, “what is a HIPAA Business Associate?” Are We a Business Associate? Chances are, you are a business associate. In all likelihood, when you set up your business […]

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It’s Encryption, Stupid

With all this talk about HIPAA privacy, security and data breach compliance one move could prevent a lot of employee headaches; Encryption.  Encrypting computers, networks and mobile devices is a big step towards compliance bliss (if that exists). Leon Rodriguez, director of OCR has said “Encryption is an easy method for making lost information unusable, […]

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Business Associates: Welcome to a whole new HIPAA world

The new HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule world is here! But how does it effect both Covered Entities and Business Associates?  For CE’s it’s an easy adjustment, or at least it should be if they are paying attention, but for BA’s it’s a new game.  One of the biggest industries to be effected by the new […]

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Photocopier HIPAA Data Breach leads to $1.2 million HIPAA fine

A high profile HIPAA data breach at Affinity Health Plan caused by PHI on a discarded photocopier has resulted in a 1.2 million fine by Health and Human Services.  A discarded photocopier, you read that right.  It didn’t help that the CBS Evening News bought the used photocopier and was able to retrieve PHI. “OCR […]

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Lost X-ray film leads to 17k patient HIPAA Breach

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… all good things, except when they are patient medical files.  This has to be one of the more “interesting” HIPAA breaches I’ve seen in the last few years.  A clinic in Raleigh handed over old X-ray films to a 3rd party vendor in order to get the film converted into a digital […]

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Learning From Your HIPAA Mistakes

Now that the new HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule is written in stone Federal Register, our friend Leon Rodriguez has been on a mini speaking tour talking about the new changes.  He is echoing a lot of the things written here, HIPAA data breach prevention and learning from your mistakes – being proactive will help you […]

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HIPAA Data Breach – What’s The Worst That Can Happen?

With so much mainstream exposure to HIPAA Data Breaches in 2012, it’s amazing that a reporter would ask such a silly question.  What’s the worst that can happen? I was talking to a news reporter a few days ago about the risks of a breach of patient medical records and she asked: “What’s the worst […]

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