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Do Solo-Practitioners Need to be HIPAA compliant?

Behavioral health solo-practitioners often ask if they need to be HIPAA compliant. When considering a practice that might be much smaller in scale than major hospitals and health systems making headlines for data breaches, the question is an important one. …

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HIPAA Compliant Encryption and Data Security

For telebehavioral health specialists, HIPAA compliant encryption is an essential part of maintaining patient health records in accordance with the law. HIPAA regulation sets strict federal standards for how health care data can be used, accessed, transferred, and stored in …

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HIPAA Security Risk Assessments for Behavioral Health S...

HIPAA security risk assessments are an essential part of maintaining HIPAA compliance in your behavioral health practice. HIPAA security risk assessments are an annual HIPAA requirement that all HIPAA-beholden health care providers must perform. Because of changes that your practice …

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HIPAA Breaches on the Rise Under Trump Administration

According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR), there have been 66% more HIPAA breaches since the start of 2017 than reported in all of 2016. OCR lists all Meaningful Breaches on the …

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Digital Health Legal

FREE Ticket to Digital Health Legal & Regulatory Bootcamp Cozen ​O’Connor ​is holding a ​Digital Health ​conference next week in San Jose. Their agenda is below. ​Among other things, speakers will be addressing issues related to FDA compliance, cybersecurity, reimbursement, …

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HIPAA Compliance with a Google BAA

Google G Suite apps are commonly used by many behavioral health professionals to run their business–but when it comes to signing a proper Google BAA, there are some major misunderstandings in the market. BAA stands for Business Associate Agreement. BAAs …

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IMART: How to Select Mental Health Apps for Behavioral ...

Marlene M. Maheu & Viola Nicolucci & Myron L. Pulier & Karen M. Wall & Tami J. Frye & Eva Hudlicka Abstract  The inadequacy of infrastructure for bringing mobile healthcare apps from developers to clinical practitioners has kept the 165,000+ …

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HHS Launches HIPAA Educational Patient Advocacy Campaig...

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a new educational campaign geared toward HIPAA patient advocacy. The announcement is a part of a new OCR initiative, which was unveiled on September 7th, 2017, …

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HIPAA Enforcement Director Names Top HIPAA Threats

Has HIPAA enforcement changed since the Trump Administration took office? HIPAA falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and is enforced by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). When a HIPAA violation gets investigated, …

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