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



HIPAA Compliance: Navigating Health Care Minefield - The National Law Review
- Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:53:42 GMT

No, HIPAA was not waived in Orlando, and here's why - CNN
- Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:34:24 GMT

Blog: CMS to launch streamlined HIPAA guidance site - ModernHealthcare.com (blog)
- Mon, 20 Jun 2016 19:18:45 GMT

Four HIPAA Violations Practices Accidentally Make - Diagnostic Imaging
- Tue, 21 Jun 2016 16:20:12 GMT

Health Care Providers: Have You Considered HIPAA Compliance For Your Practice's Group Health Plans? - Mondaq News Alerts (registration)
- Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:05:32 GMT

Smartwatch wearable helps OCR HIPAA audit director stay fit - TechTarget
- Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:15:22 GMT

HIPAA: How Laws For Medical Care Hindered Response To Orlando Massacre - Science 2.0
- Mon, 20 Jun 2016 19:12:00 GMT

One example of a HIPAA-secure platform - ModernMedicine
- Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:35:20 GMT

New Features Enhance HIPAA FastTrack - PR Newswire (press release)
- Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:31:10 GMT

Respiratory Therapist Convicted in HIPAA Criminal Case - GovInfoSecurity.com
- Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:59:33 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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