By Art Gross – Being available to your patients 24/7 isn’t practical for most healthcare practices. Chat services can provide a response option or even resolution until normal business hours resume. Additionally, chats can offer initial patient care or registration services.Read More
By Art Gross – Rush University Medical Center is feeling the impact of a breach they themselves did not cause. A third-party vendor is responsible for compromised personal information of 45,000 patients of Rush Medical.
By Matt Fisher – Access cannot be freely granted to data. Such is the reality of the world today. If a vendor is allowed to freely access, use or otherwise interact with data, unnecessary risk has been created.
By Jon Melling – The rising complexity of healthcare, particularly as it relates to providers’ growing technical needs, is increasingly prompting healthcare organizations to seek the help of outside consultants.
By Jim Johnson – With all the recent turbulence in healthcare surrounding Meaningful Use, ICD-10 and now the transition to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, HIPAA has flown under the radar, in a sense, for some practices.
By Sam Barnes – North Memorial Health Care of Minnesota recently agreed to settle charges that it violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules by essentially failing to enter into a Business Associate Agreement.
By Matt Fisher – It has been a frequent message that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been providing numerous HIPAA lessons over the past few years through settlement announcements.
By Gene Fry – The HIPAA conduit exception rule is only applicable to providers of purely conduit services who do not have access to protected health information (PHI) other than infrequently or randomly. For this reason, conduit providers do not have to sign a Business Associate Agreement (BAA). But what exactly is a conduit service, and when does the HIPAA conduit exception rule apply?