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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 …


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HIPAA Data

HIPAA Data Storage Requirements and HIPAA Compliance The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) set forth industry standards for the proper handling of protected health information (PHI). PHI is any individually identifiable health information that the Department of Health …


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HIPAA 101 Review: Security Rule

The HIPAA Security Rule Applies to Telehealth Practices Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), telehealth practices are considered covered entities (CEs). As a HIPAA covered entity, the HIPAA Security Rule applies to telehealth practices. What is the …


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Healthcare Breach

1,400 Patients Affected by Behavioral Healthcare Breach The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) accidentally exposed patient’s protected health information (PHI) through its Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP). Although investigations are still underway, the healthcare breach …