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HIPAA Compliant Video Conferencing

HIPAA Compliant Video Conferencing Telehealth is growing rapidly as more healthcare providers are choosing to treat patients virtually. Utilizing video conferencing tools allows providers to treat patients that they would normally be unable to treat due to their geographic location. …


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Breach Notification

HIPAA Breach Notification Deadline Healthcare organizations that are the victim of breaches have an obligation to report these breaches. Breaches affecting more than 500 individuals must be reported within 60 days of discovery to the Department of Health and Human …


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HIPAA Medical Release Form

HIPAA Medical Release Form There are certain circumstances in which it is required for behavioral health professionals to receive a HIPAA medical release form before they are permitted to disclose protected health information (PHI). HIPAA medical release form requirements are …


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HIPAA Compliance Checklist

HIPAA Compliance Checklist Completing a HIPAA compliance checklist should be the first step when assessing whether or not your behavioral health practice is HIPAA compliant. A HIPAA compliance checklist lays out what is required under the Health Insurance Portability and …


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Patient Appointment Reminders

Patient Appointment Reminders Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, covered entities (CEs) are restricted in how they are permitted to use and disclose protected health information (PHI). However, CEs may disclose PHI without authorization if the disclosure relates to the treatment, …


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HIPAA Privacy Rule

HIPAA Privacy Rule Overview Although the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted in 1996, the HIPAA Privacy Rule wasn’t added to the regulation until 2002. The HIPAA Privacy Rule was created to ensure the confidentiality of protected …


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2019 HIPAA Fines

Year End Review: 2019 HIPAA Fines The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the enforcement body for HIPAA compliance, announced eleven settlements in 2019. Each of the eleven organizations received HIPAA fines, varying in amounts based on the severity of their …


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HIPAA Minimum Necessary Standard

The HIPAA Minimum Necessary Standard The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires covered entities to adhere to the minimum necessary standard in regards to the use and disclosure of protected health information (PHI). In essence, healthcare workers must …


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HIPAA Right of Access

As a HIPAA covered entity, behavioral health practices have an obligation to uphold the standards set forth by the HIPAA Privacy Rule, including the right of access. The right of access mandates that patients have the right to request copies …