HIPAA Certified: What Does it Mean?

HIPAA Certified Does Not Mean You Are Compliant. Being HIPAA certified means that you have successfully undergone a course designed to train and teach you the information you need to enable your business or organization to become HIPAA compliant. It does not mean that you are compliant, but that you have been taught the terms…

HIPAA Compliant — Are You?

The Importance of Compliance to HIPAA Well, are you HIPAA compliant? If not you might have some problems shortly because you should have been compliant by now with a comprehensive HIPAA policy written up and all the procedures and processes in place that are needed to comply.  You should have regular review meetings set up…

HIPAA Compliance Requirements

HIPAA Compliance Requirements To be HIPAA compliant essentially means that an entity or office is cooperating with and following the laws set forth by Congress in all three waves of HIPAA legislation. The government has mandated that all “covered entities” must meet HIPAA Compliance specifications. These so-called “covered entities” include practitioners and their offices, health…

HITECH ACT Summary: Definition and Meaningful Use

HITECH Act Summary Definition The HITECH Act came into being because of the increasing use of technology. The acronym stands for Health Information Technology for Economics and Clinical Health Act – a perfect example where the name of the legislation was obviously devised after the acronym! Notwithstanding that, it is a powerful piece of legislation…

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…

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…

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…

HIPAA Security Rule vs. HIPAA Safety Concerns

HIPAA Security Rule vs HIPAA Safety Concerns There are stories left and right of inadvertent leaks of medical information violating the HIPAA security rule.  Sometimes there is a computer glitch allowing unauthorized people to access information.  Sometimes I file is left out and picked up by a curious passerby.  Sometimes one simple error can lead…