HIPAA 5010 Extension – Why Was it Necessary?

The HIPAA 5010 extension from 1st January to 31st March 2012. It was found necessary due to the very small proportion of covered entities that predicted they would be fully compliant by the beginning of the year. These totaled just 4.5% of the number surveyed, so it was decided by the CMS (Centers for Medicare…

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What is HITECH and to Whom Does HITECH Compliance Apply

HITECH Act applies to businesses keeping personal health data HITECH Act is the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, a large part if which extends the reach of HIPAA to what are referred to as ‘Business Associates’ of those health entities to which HIPAA Act applies. What that means to you in…

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Curiosity and HIPAA Compliance Don’t Mesh

HIPAA Compliance does need to be taken seriously and followed. Is it really a crime to have wandering eyes?  In short, yes.  Well, at least when it comes to the personal health information of other people.  HIPAA has, at least to some degree, been scoffed at over the last several years.  It seemed to be…

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The HIPAA Compliance Headache

HIPAA Compliance Introduced. “Hip…what?”  That was my reaction when I first encountered HIPAA.  I was working at a dental office while home from college for the summer.  I had worked at that office part time while in high school and was now receiving instruction about the “new way” to do things around the office.  I…

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HIPAA Compliance Equals Administrative Simplification?

HIPAA Administrative Simplification is intended to reduce costs. Subtitle F of title II of HIPAA is entitled “Administrative Simplification.”  Let’s just stop right there. Does anyone else find the title of this section of government imposed, convoluted and often times majorly confusing act to be bit of an oxymoron?  The passage of the Administration Simplification…

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