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HIPAA ePHI

Understanding HIPAA ePHI   HIPAA regulation identifies a national set of standards meant to protect the privacy and security of protected health information (PHI). When that PHI is maintained in an electronic or digital format, that’s called electronic protected health …


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HIPAA Business Associates

How to Work With HIPAA Business Associates Without Breaking the Law HIPAA business associates are an important part of running any behavioral health practice. These vendors and service providers help keep your business running so you can better serve your …


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Cybersecurity and HIPAA Compliance

Cybersecurity and HIPAA Compliance Go Hand in Hand: Here’s Why HIPAA compliance (adherence with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) entails meeting a broad set of guidelines, including ones related to being able to transfer healthcare coverage …


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HIPAA Patient Authorizations

HIPAA patient authorizations are an important part of running your behavioral health practice. HIPAA regulation sets specific standards for the use and disclosure of patients’ sensitive health care information, all of which stem from receiving the proper authorizations directly from …


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New York HIPAA Fine

$200K New York HIPAA Fine Issued by Attorney General   A $200,000 fine has been issued for an alleged New York HIPAA violation perpetrated by a Buffalo-based behavioral health and social services nonprofit, Arc of Erie County. This is one …


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HIPAA Quiz

Would Your Organization Pass a HIPAA Quiz?   When it comes to assessing your HIPAA compliance, tools exist to help you find out where your behavioral health practice stands. HHS has a free risk assessment toolkit that you can use, …


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HIPAA Risk Assessment

Understanding Your HIPAA Risk Assessment Requirements Health care professionals of every size and scope need to complete a HIPAA risk assessment. HIPAA risk assessments are one of the foundational steps you can take to address HIPAA security requirements within your …


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HIPAA Fine

Average HIPAA Fine Reaches $1.5 Million HIPAA fines have changed significantly since HIPAA enforcement first began. Regardless of the type of violation or the scope of the data breach involved, the consequences of a HIPAA fine can have long-lasting impacts. …


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Common HIPAA Violations

Common HIPAA Violations to Avoid   Health care professionals across the industry face common HIPAA violations every day–sometimes without even realizing it. Whether it’s a simple misplaced USB drive, or a piece of patient documentation that’s been improperly disposed of, …