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Digital Media Destruction: How to Be HIPAA Compliant

Kevin Webber - Dec 11, 2018 10:10:26 AM

Did you know that a significant number of hard drives bought on the second hand market still contain personal information? Even despite obvious indications that someone had attempted to overwrite the information. The HIPAA Privacy Rule requires that, “covered entities apply appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect the privacy of protected health information (PHI).” This means that your practice must have safeguards in place that limit any disclosure of PHI.

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What to Look for When Selecting a Shredding Service for Your Medical Practice

Kevin Webber - Dec 4, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Secure management of your patient’s medical records is a process that begins the moment the records are created and continues until the moment they are destroyed. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires healthcare providers to regularly shred sensitive documents and proper disposal of all Protected Health Information (PHI) is one of the most vital HIPAA requirements to enforce.

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Three Types of PHI That Should Be Destroyed

Kevin Webber - Jun 8, 2018 3:35:32 PM

Protected Health Information (PHI) is any data that contains a patient’s name or could be combined with other information to determine the patient’s identity. It is your responsibility to ensure that PHI is not open to theft or even simple exposure, by following the guidelines set forth by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

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Top 5 Ways to Protect Your Medical Office's PHI

Kevin Webber - Jun 1, 2018 9:52:42 AM

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) defines protected health information (PHI) as any data that contains a patient’s name or could be combined with other information to determine the patient’s identity.

The PHI category includes most direct patient records, but also includes other records related to demographic information and general patient data, even when that data has been anonymized.

The original HIPAA legislation has been amended by multiple regulations issued in subsequent years, and your office must adhere to each requirement outlined in the Combined Regulation Text.

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HIPAA: Is Your Physician's Office Compliant?

Kevin Webber - Sep 26, 2017 6:55:42 AM

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provides data privacy and security provisions to safeguard patient’s medical records and other personal health information. In a nutshell, it keeps medical records secure and private. Your medical practice is required to comply with HIPAA regulations and although the rules and regulations can seem complex, the bottom line is that your patients’ medical records should be viewed only by authorized healthcare personnel on a “need to know” basis. The process of becoming HIPAA compliant can be stressful and time-consuming; however,  you have a legal responsibility to your patients to keep their medical records private and safe. We’ve put together an overview of the HIPAA rule and regulations, including the main points for compliance, to help you determine if you are adequately safeguarding your patients’ sensitive information.

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