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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Pays $1.5m for Data Breach

March 15, 2012  | 
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee (BCBST) will pay $1.5 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules,...

CMS Extends HIPAA 5010 Deadline

March 15, 2012  | 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Office of E-Health Standards and Services (OESS) has announced it not initiate enforcement action for those who are forced to comply with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (...

The Curious Case of iPads in Healthcare

March 8, 2012  |  Gabriel Perna
A few weeks ago, I had a nice chat with Lane Cooper, editorial director of BizTechReports, an independent research and reporting agency, about why healthcare IT executives are hesitant to bring consumer-based tablets like Apple’s iPad into the fold....

HIPAA Compliance Audits

February 23, 2012  |  John DeGaspari
During HIMSS 12, Mac McMillan, chair of the HIMSS Privacy and Security Task Force (and CEO of Austin, Texas-based CynergisTek, Inc.), said that business associates will come under increasing scrutiny in HIPAA audits by the HSS Office of Civil Rights.

Compliance, Durability Concerns Holding Back the iPad in Healthcare

February 14, 2012  |  Gabriel Perna
Despite all the surrounding hype, healthcare IT leaders are expressing sincere doubts about the effectiveness of consumer-grade tablets like the iPad in a clinical setting. A recent study from Rockville, Md.-based BizTechReports, an independent research and...

MGMA to Sebelius: Extend HIPAA 5010 Enforcement

February 2, 2012  | 
The Englewood, Colo.-based Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius regarding their concerns about the disruptions to payments as part of the federally mandated...

Getting the Message, Securely

January 25, 2012  |  John DeGaspari
Secure messaging is of critical interest to physicians in how they communicate with each other and with their patients. CIOs and other healthcare IT leaders speak about what they are hearing from their clinicians, and what they are doing to meet their...

MGMA Seeks 5010 Contingency Plan, SGR Repeal

October 26, 2011  |  Jennifer Prestigiacomo
At a press briefing on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the annual Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) conference that drew more than 3,500 attendees— a 19 percent uptick over last year—the newly appointed President and CEO Susan Turney, M.D., spoke about several...

7 Secrets of HIT Security

September 19, 2011  |  Jennifer Prestigiacomo
According to a recent industry survey, fewer than half of large healthcare organizations reported that they conduct annual risk assessments, which are required under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule and for both...

Leadership Changes at HIPAA Privacy Office

September 14, 2011  |  David Raths
At a Consumer Health IT Summit on Sept. 12, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made two announcements that will impact patient privacy and access to data, including naming a new director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR),...

10 Tips for Data Security Training

August 3, 2011  |  John DeGaspari
Data security is a serious concern in the healthcare industry, where a data breach can result in financial loss for a hospital and, more important,

Are You Ready for an OCR Audit?

July 20, 2011  |  David Raths
Proposed rules aimed at strengthening HIPAA privacy and security requirements have put CIOs and security officers at provider organizations on alert. Experts weigh in on how the changes will play out and what it means for provider organizations.


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