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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. With a bit of unexpected humor this duo does Help You With HIPAA. A reminder that HIPAA is not about compliance, it's about patient care.
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This new BA guidance from OCR is important because it defines clearly all the things we hear misstated over and over.  Several of our Top 10 Wrong HIPAA Statements episode are addressed in the simple ten item list. Today we will discuss the announcement and what does that mean to BAs and their privacy and security programs. More info at HelpMeWithHIPAA.com/209
The multi-state settlement with Medical Informatics Engineering makes the OCR settlement seem like a cake walk.  The vendor agrees to pay OCR $100,000 with a standard 2-year corrective action plan. The states get $900,000 plus 5 years of very specific corrective action requirements.  Vendors need to pay attention to this case and take appropriate action now. More info at HelpMeWithHIPAA.com/208
Sanction policies are often vague or even overlooked in many privacy and security programs.  The whole point of a sanction policy is to list out the consequences for failure to follow our policies and procedures.  With a vague or non-existent policy consequences aren’t clear which leads to a lack of concern for failure to follow the policy in the first place.  You will never build a culture that worries about protecting information without it being clear that is a requirement for inclusion in our culture. How do you sanction?   More at HelpMeWithHIPAA.com/207
Maturity is something we expect from respected folks or grown folks but what about your privacy and security program, do you check it’s maturity?  You have all of these plans, policies, procedures, and training but is it actually meeting your needs? Time to talk maturity assessments. More at HelpMeWithHIPAA.com/206
The latest HIPAA violation settlement with OCR was announced recently.  Ironically, the settlement with Touchstone Medical Imaging was for $3,000,000 and announced just after the reduction of maximum penalties was announced by HHS.  Just how bad was this violation to get hit with this level of penalties plus the 2-year corrective action plan? More at HelpMeWithHIPAA.com/205
Headlines everywhere are telling us all that the HIPAA penalties are being “slashed” or “capped” or “reduced”.  What is the real story and what does it mean to the rest of us? Great time to talk about what you should consider if you think you will be facing any HIPAA penalties. More info at HelpMeWithHIPAA.com/204
We have talked many times about vetting business associates.  When people talk about supply chain security it isn’t just the business associate you contract with you have to worry about.  It is all the vendors that they use. Today we are going to review 3 supply chain stories that explain how complex your supply chain unbeknownst to you. More at HelpMeWithHIPAA.com/203
We are all being watched. Cameras are everywhere today. With the advent of dashcams, home security camera systems, CCTV in cities and businesses we are caught on camera somewhere every day. What does that mean when you have privacy concerns to address like, I don’t know, HIPAA? More info HelpMeWithHIPAA.com/202
We discussed this whole Alexa and HIPAA thing before.  This week came the big announcement from Amazon that had headlines telling us that Alexa is HIPAA compliant with some slick new medical skills. Time to talk about her again.  Let’s see what the announcement really said.  While we are at it we will also look into the story that Amazon also has thousands of people sitting around listening to Alexa requests all day long. More info at HelpMeWithHIPAA.com/201
It is hard to believe we are recording our 200th episode. Some might even say it is close to a miracle that David and Donna could stay focused on one thing for this long. Probably very true. Our passion for what we do here is more than most people would think. We truly do believe that tagline we use in every episode “HIPAA is not about compliance; it’s about patient care.”. More at HelpMeWithHIPAA.com/200
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