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HIPAA: 43,691 Privacy Complaints and Counting

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2009


For those wondering what progress the Office for Civil Rights makes as it works through HIPAA privacy rule complaints, the numbers are easy to find. Each month OCR reports top-line results of the HIPAA cases it has received and resolved.

OCR has logged approximately 43,700 complaints....

CMS’s 2009 Security Assessment Process

Author: Dinh, Angela K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2009


In 2008 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conducted 10 HIPAA security assessments in covered entities (CEs) nationwide. CMS’s stated purpose was not to identify flaws but to gain a true understanding of industry compliance with the HIPAA security rule.

CMS co....

Accounting of Disclosures: ARRA’s Impact

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 05, 2009


The accounting of disclosures requirement is one of the most difficult HIPAA privacy rule compliance issues to implement. Following the August 2002 modifications to the privacy rule requirements, the accounting for disclosures requirement has stood out as the HIPAA requirement demanding the big....

Few Requests for Today’s Accountings

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2010


HIPAA’s Accounting of Disclosure Provisions Led to Few Patient Requests; Now ARRA Is Upping the Ante

Provisions within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act extend HIPAA’s accounting of disclosure regulations for providers who maintain electronic health records. The provisions a....

Smart Training on Privacy and Security (expanded version)

Author: Bacik, Sandy

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2010



There is plenty of privacy and security training to be done, and many trainers struggle to get resources from their organizations and attention from their audiences. Sandy Bacik, CISSP, ISSMP, CISM, CGEIT, is a principal consultant at EnerNex and a former chief security officer. Here she o....

Smart Training on Privacy and Security

Author: Bacik, Sandy

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2010


ARRA's modifications to the HIPAA privacy and security rules are setting off a new round of training in facilities large and small. Trainers must fit the new training into existing schedules that already include organizational policies and procedures, HIPAA, and other regulations such as the R....

A First Peek at the Privacy Regulations

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2010


The office for Civil Rights got a late start on the HITECH privacy regulations (due last February), and it's clear from the draft rule it released in July that the office still has almost as many questions as answers on how to enact the HITECH provisions. However, the release does offer a good....

The Year That Was and the Year to Be

Author: Asmonga, Donald D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2011


The second session of the 111th Congress began with the Democrats in firm control of the House and Senate. Working from their position of power enabled the Democrats to pass healthcare reform.

Although Congress was mired in contentious debates, AHIMA still advocated for its public po....

HIPAA Violation? Sue Me

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2011


This is a true story that occurred recently in Indiana. Failing to collect payment for treatment, a medical group sent a patient to collections. In providing the unpaid bills to the collections attorney, practice staff failed to redact sensitive information. When the attorney filed the bills wi....

Low-Tech Threats in a High-Tech World

Author: Rollins, Genna

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 2011



Despite the rise of health IT, healthcare providers still face daily privacy and security risks of the mundane variety—paper records are misplaced, improperly disclosed, or released without confidential information redacted. No matter the opportunities and risks that technology bring....

Automation for Privacy and Security Compliance

Author: McLendon, Kelly

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2012


There has been a lack of enforcement of the privacy and security rules ever since HIPAA's inception. As such the adoption of comprehensive HIPAA compliance programs has lagged behind EHR development and implementation.

This in turn has caused little funding to be budgeted by provide....

HIPAA Compliance for Clinician Texting

Author: Greene, Adam H

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2012



The HIPAA privacy and security rules need not act as an obstacle to efficient communications, but keeping texting compliant requires planning and diligence.

Text (or SMS) messaging has become nearly ubiquitous on mobile devices. According to one survey, approximately 72 perce....

The New Privacy Officer

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2012



It has been a decade since the first privacy officers took their jobs in response to the HIPAA privacy rule. A slew of changes since then have added more responsibility, required more skills, and demanded more time of them than anyone could have imagined.

When Nancy Davis, R....

Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act; Other Modifications to the HIPAA Rules; Final Rule

Author: U.S. Office for Civil Rights

Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services | U.S. Office for Civil Rights

Publication Date: January 2013

Rule modifies HIPAA by implementing statutory amendments under HITECH to strengthen the privacy and security protection for individuals’ health information; modifies the Breach Notification Rule under the HITECH Act, modifes the HIPAA Privacy Rule to strengthen the privacy protections for genetic information and makes certain other modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification, and Enforcement Rules (the HIPAA Rules) to improve their workability and effectiveness and to increase flexibility for and decrease burden on regulated entities.

Reviewing the New HIPAA Rules

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: AHIMA regulation analysis | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013



At 138 fine-print pages, the final rule detailing the HITECH Act’s modifications to HIPAA privacy and security requirements is not a quick or easy read. But it is an important read since the content of the Federal Register post drastically impacts HIM professionals and their business....

Breach Notification Triggers Receive Update

Author: Bowen, Rita K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 2013



The HIPAA Omnibus Rule, the new Final Rule modifying HIPAA, was published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2013. The amended rule went into effect on March 26 and full compliance is expected by September 23. For HIM professionals, the most far-reaching of the changes to HIPAA is that....

De-identification and the Sharing of Big Data

Author: White, Susan E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2013



One of the newest buzz words in data analytics is “Big Data,” and the data created through the healthcare industry is some of the “biggest” around. The widespread implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) and the need to share data to measure quality and ma....

HIPAA Changes Call for Revising BA Agreements

Author: McDavid, Jan P

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2013



Business associates (BAs) of HIPAA-covered entities like hospitals and doctor's offices should already be intimately acquainted with HIPAA's privacy and security regulations. BAs should already have business associate agreements with every covered entity with whom they work and assume resp....

Adapting BA Practices to Meet the Omnibus Rule

Author: McSteen, Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013



The 2013 HIPAA Omnibus Rule marks a key milestone for implementation of the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). One of the most far-reaching impacts of HITECH and the Omnibus Rule is that business associates (BA) and their subcontractors now mu....

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