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



How to configure G Suite for HIPAA compliance - TechRepublic
- Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:43:37 GMT

The NY/NJ Bombing Suspect's Court Appearance Inadvertently Compromised His Medical Privacy - Slate Magazine
- Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:25:18 GMT

St. Joseph Health to pay $2 million for HIPAA violations - Healthcare IT News
- Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:36:17 GMT

OCR Reaches $2M HIPAA Settlement with Calif. Healthcare System - Campus Safety Magazine
- Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:54:42 GMT

EHNAC and HITRUST Combine HIPAA Security Criteria, CSF Framework - Healthcare Informatics
- Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:09:02 GMT

HIPAA audits target business associates | Employee Benefit Adviser - Employee Benefit Adviser (registration)
- Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:34:00 GMT

ONC's Savage outlines steps taken to address HIPAA in health IT - FierceHealthcare
- Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:44:58 GMT

ONC, OCR update HIPAA security risk assessment tool | Health ... - Health Data Management
- Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:37:00 GMT

Unsecure Files Lead to HIPAA Fine for St. Joseph Health ... - Information Management
- Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:35:24 GMT

Physician offices hit with penalties for HIPAA violations - AAP News
- Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:48:34 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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