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Healthcare Ransomware

All Records Erased, Practice Closes Down after Healthcare Ransomware Attack In the aftermath of a devastating healthcare ransomware attack, a practice based out of Battle Creek, Missouri has been forced to close its doors. This is just another example of …


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Behavioral Health Data Breach

Behavioral Health Data Breach Affects 67,000 A behavioral health practice based out of Springfield, Missouri has notified 67,493 patients of a behavioral data breach involving their medical data. The breach occurred in August of 2018–however, what makes this behavioral HIPAA …


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HIPAA Physical Security

HIPAA Physical Security Guidance Under HIPAA regulation, security safeguards are an important part of keeping your behavioral health business safe. Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has released new guidance reinforcing the …


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HIPAA Compliant Texting

HIPAA Compliant Texting? Like many telehealth practitioners in the digital age, you may be asking yourself “Is texting HIPAA compliant?” The answer is a bit tricky. Text messaging–SMS texting or MMS texting–presents an easy to use option for communicating with …


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HIPAA Cybersecurity

HIPAA Cybersecurity Best Practices for Healthcare Organizations   The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued new cybersecurity guidelines for healthcare organizations to manage cyber threats and protect patients. These are particularly important for telebehavioral health professionals …


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Medical Device HIPAA Compliance

Medical Device HIPAA Compliance for Behavioral Health Professionals Over the past few years, the behavioral health industry has seen a number of exciting advancements to medical device technology that could prove revolutionary for delivering quality treatment to their patients. Between …


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FaceTime HIPAA

FaceTime HIPAA Privacy Concerns Apple’s FaceTime has recently been revealed to contain a major bug that significantly impacts the privacy of iPhone users everywhere. Among these concerns are issues specifically regarding FaceTime and HIPAA compliance for health care providers across …


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HIPAA Release Forms

HIPAA Release Forms for Behavioral Health Professionals Under HIPAA regulation health care professionals across all industries are responsible for obtaining HIPAA release forms from their patients. HIPAA release forms are documents that must be signed by patients before any of …


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HIPAA Retention

What are the HIPAA Retention Requirements? Understanding your HIPAA retention requirements is an essential part of running your telebehavioral health practice in today’s day and age. With EHR systems and the increasingly digital nature of health care, questions about what …