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HIPAA Privacy Rule Waiver

Emergency HIPAA Privacy Rule Waiver During an emergency or public health crisis, some elements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule may be waived. As of March 15, 2020, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), issued an …


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HIPAA Designated Record Set

HIPAA Designated Record Set Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, behavioral health specialists are required to provide patients access to the protected health information (PHI) contained in their designated record set. What is a designated record set? Definition of Designated Record …


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HIPAA Violations

$100,000 HIPAA Settlement Reached for HIPAA Violations In its first HIPAA settlement of 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) fined a sole practitioner $100,000 for HIPAA violations. The gastroenterological practice, Steven A. …


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HIPAA Training Requirements

HIPAA Training Requirements Conducting annual HIPAA training is a key component of maintaining HIPAA compliance. However, hosting a practice-wide training day is not sufficient, mainly because if an employee is hired after your practice’s annual training day, they could go …


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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, …