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Massachusetts Ear Group To Pay $1.5 Million To Resolve HIPAA Charges



HHS Issues Special HIPAA Guidance for Ebola Outbreak - JD Supra (press release)
- Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:57:09 GMT

$1.44M HIPAA award upheld after Walgreen pharmacist shared patient data - Indianapolis Star
- Sat, 15 Nov 2014 22:41:56 GMT

When encryption is not enough for HIPAA - Government Health IT
- Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:25:18 GMT

Pharmacist Costs Walgreens $1.4 Million for Violating HIPAA - Pharmacy Times
- Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:42:04 GMT

Keep HIPAA practices in mind in face of Ebola - FierceHealthcare
- Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:39:20 GMT

Is Anyone Really 'HIPAA Compliant' In Healthcare? - Forbes
- Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:33:54 GMT

Ebola Brings HIPAA to the Forefront - MedPage Today
- Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:03:31 GMT

HIPAA as a Standard of Care for Common Law Negligence Claims - Information Law Group
- Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:02:58 GMT

Journalists struggle to balance reporting on Ebola with HIPAA - Poynter.org
- Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:42:02 GMT

HIPAA Compliance: What Every Developer Should Know - InformationWeek
- Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:20:40 GMT



The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology




Guidance on how to determine whether an entity is a covered entity under the Administrative Simplification provisions of HIPAA




  • Encryption means the use of an algorithmic process to transform data into a form in which there is a low probability of assigning meaning without use of a confidential process or key.

  • Access means the ability or the means necessary to read, write, modify, or communicate data/information or otherwise use any system resource.

  • Authentication means the corroboration that a person is the one claimed.

  • Technical safeguards means the technology, policy and procedures for its use that protect electronic protected health information and control access to it.

  • Workstation means an electronic computing device, for example, a laptop or desktop computer, or any other device that performs similar functions, and electronic media stored in its immediate environment implement the implementation specifications.

  • Workforce clearance procedure
    (Addressable). Implement procedures to determine that the access of a workforce member to electronic protected health information is appropriate.



Are you a covered entity under HIPAA regulations?


The following is a simple test for determining whether or not you qualify as a provider and therefore must follow the HIPAA guidelines:

  • Does the person, business, or agency furnish bill, or receive payment for, health care in the normal course of business?

  • If the answer is yes, does the person, business, or agency conduct covered transactions? If yes, are any of the covered transactions transmitted in electronic form?

  • If the answer to this question is yes, the person, business, or agency is a covered health care provider and must comply with all HIPAA regulations

Click here for your free HIPAA checklist





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