HIPAA audit

HIPAA Audit: OCR Is On The Move

Last week, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the launch of phase 2 of the HIPAA Audit Program. OCR’s goal is to proactively uncover and address risks and vulnerabilities to protected health information (PHI). Effective immediately, OCR will ensure Covered Entities (CEs), their Business Associates (BAs) and vendors have comprehensive risk management frameworks…

Prepare for “Phase 2” HIPAA Audits

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (HHS and OCR) has announced its Phase 2 audit program.  HHS auditors will concentrate on high-risk areas, eliminating on-site visits and potentially integrating the audits into OCR’s formal enforcement program. Phase 2 audits will be conducted by OCR staff and will likely involve a…

Anthem Breach Sounds Security Alarms against Data Hackers

The health insurer Anthem Inc., which manages Blue Cross plans across a dozen states, recently announced that a hacking incident has compromised a database containing personal information of nearly 80 million individuals worldwide. Anthem believes that the unencrypted compromised information could include current and former members? and employees? names, birthdates, medical IDs/Social Security Numbers, Street…

How Physicians can Avoid HIPAA Penalties in 2015

With the healthcare industry moving towards digitalization, the electronic health records even in protected formats are becoming increasingly attractive to the criminals of the cyber world. Not a day goes by without news articles published about hospitals or medical practitioners paying millions of dollars as penalties due to public exposure of the protected health information.…

Healthcare Industry gears up to meet the EHR Audits in the New Year

The HER audits are around the corner. The Centres for Medicare & Medicaid Services, to encourage healthcare providers to adopt electronic health record systems and ensure secure data sharing practices, brought forth the EHR incentive program. Even as the meaningful use incentive program was intended to encourage healthcare industry adopt digitalization of data, these providers…

A disruption-free Medical Practice in a BA dependent industry

Medical information of any individual includes unique identifiers, demographic data, medical conditions, health care provider’s details, billing information as well as immediate family members’ details and medical history. The growth of technology has paved way for storage of these records in electronic formats with quick access from any location. Even as every individual approaches doctors…