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Help Me With HIPAA

Author: Donna Grindle and David Sims

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In today's environment of data breaches, identity theft, fraud, and increasing connectivity, HIPAA Privacy and Security rules are a responsibility to your patients and your clients. HIPAA isn't about compliance, it's about patient care.
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When working on a plan for this episode I had two different sources drop some insider breach issues in my lap.  When I added those to the news stories we are already following involving insider issues, it was clear the topic was meant to be.  Multiple cases and reports are out — the topic I must cover is because I am reading about insider breaches everywhere around me. More at
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) and it is a perfect tool to feature security awareness with your workforce and clients.  You can not beat an opportunity to run a month long awareness program that provides EVERYTHING you need for free.  Today we discuss what the program includes and how to use it in your office. More at
We discussed the patient rights to access medical records a few episodes ago.  Since then, a new study came out that says a majority of providers are not complying with patient medical records requests.  I have also gotten more questions about law firms demanding to pay only $6.50 for medical records requests. We are  discussing these issues with specifics about fees for patient requests in this episode. More at
When you work with outsourced IT or Managed Service Providers (MSPs) you need to vet them closely to make sure they truly do understand what HIPAA requires from your organization.  Here are seven questions to ask your IT team about HIPAA. For more info go to
The Ponemon Institute has produced an annual study of data breach costs. This is the 14th year. We have used it as a guide for a lot of information over the years. The data has consistently been helpful for us to understand what are the key drivers in data breach costs, remediation, and response. If you can find what the major factors include, it is a great way to determine your priorities in investing resources with the biggest impact. Let’s see what we learned from the 2019 version sponsored by IBM. More info at  
Who is a business associate? A listener asked for an episode on it. Turns out we haven't done one since episode 2.  Wow! So, maybe there is more we have to add to that topic in 2019 after 214 other episodes.  Today, let’s talk about how to determine who is your Business Associates or BA. More info at
We have gotten a flurry of listener questions and comments lately.  Since it is so much easier to do an episode based you listener questions that writing up a whole plan we are definitely doing those today.    We really do read and respond to as many as we can. So here we go. More info at
If you haven’t heard of it before there is a thing called the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).  It is considered the first version of a GDPR-type legislation on this side of the pond.   It becomes effective Jan 1, 2020. There are many folks that think the CCPA isn’t something for them to worry about.  Well... Maybe you should take a second to reconsider that position. More at
Today we discuss 5 medical record uses and disclosures rules that I have been covering recently in training.  Medical records are always around for those of us in healthcare. It is so easy to forget that the rules apply to more than just data breaches and social media.  There are some very basic concepts that people who have been dealing with medical records for years are surprised to learn. Here are five of them we use the most. More at
We need to keep up with our education just like everyone else to keep up with cybersecurity tips and trends.  Donna hit some training at SecureWorld and sat in on a 6-hr online seminar offered by Dark Reading. All of that thinking and learning means we have cybersecurity tips and trends to share in this episode.  This is not just for those who worry about HIPAA. More info at
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