Hot 2020 Health Information Management and Health Information Technology Topics

Healthcare IT Today

As we head into 2020, I reached out to a number of people in Health Information Management (HIM) and Health Information Technology (HIT) to hear their thoughts on these hot topics: Social Determinants of Health (SDoH), Privacy and Security of Health Information, Medical Coding Standards, and Patient Matching.

HIPAA Compliant Email for Therapists

Telebehavioral Health Institute

HIPAA Compliant Email for Therapists Although email is a convenient means of communication, using email to communicate sensitive information poses some risk. The post HIPAA Compliant Email for Therapists appeared first on TBH Institute Blog.

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Penalties For Violating HIPAA

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. If your organization handles protected health information (PHI) or electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI), you should be well aware of the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act known commonly as HIPAA. The HIPAA compliance is regulated by the federal government and failure to comply with it can attract […].

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Proposed Changes to HIPAA

Healthcare IT Today

Many people in the healthcare IT and HIM communities have been anticipating some changes to HIPAA coming soon. As Rita Bowen from MRO recently shared, “the rule is 20+ years old and the practice of medicine has changed, the maintenance of the health information, etc.

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More HIPAA Right of Access Violations Reported by OCR

Telebehavioral Health Institute

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has continued to press its enforcement efforts in support of patient’s right to access to records, in the midst of the COVID pandemic-related relaxation of enforcement … Read more.

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HHS Extends Comment Period For Proposed Rules To Improve the Interoperability of Electronic Health Information

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it is extending the public comment period by 30 days for two proposed regulations aimed at promoting the interoperability of health information technology (health IT) and enabling patients to electronically access their health information. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS

Insurance & HIPAA Privacy? MITRE-Harris Poll Shows Dark Side of Insurance Privacy Practices

Telebehavioral Health Institute

Insurance & HIPAA Privacy? The post Insurance & HIPAA Privacy? Cybersecurity Protected Health Information health data Health Information Privacy online data Phi

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Manage HIPAA Compliance For Your Business

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. The HIPAA outlines the standard security practices that organizations handling protected health information (PHI) need to adhere to. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Ken Lynch, founder, Reciprocity.

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Protecting Patient Health Information in the Workplace

Telebehavioral Health Institute

Protecting Patient Health Information in the Workplace A large portion of healthcare breaches occur due to human error, whether it is a lost/stolen device, clicking on a phishing email, or accidental disclosure of protected health information (PHI). Protecting patient health … Read more. The post Protecting Patient Health Information in the Workplace appeared first on TBH Institute Blog. HIPAA

What is HIPAA for Healthcare Workers?

Telebehavioral Health Institute

What is HIPAA for Healthcare Workers? Healthcare workers, including behavioral health professionals, often use protected health information to do their jobs. The sensitive information contained in patient files must remain confidential.

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HIPAA Audit Provides Lessons On Risk and Implementation

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 70 percent of organizations are not HIPAA Compliant. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPAA mandates industry wide standards for healthcare information and electronic billing, and requires protection as well as confidential […].

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“Seeing Is Not Believing:” Consumers Concerned About the Accuracy of Online Health Information

Health Populi

“Seeing is not believing” when it comes to people seeing health information on social networks. Four in five people seeking healthcare information online in social media are concerned about the accuracy of that information served up. Therefore, most consumers a very satisfied with the healthcare information they receive from nurses, eye doctors, pharmacists, dentists, nurse practitioners, doctors, and dietitians.

Faxing: How to Stay HIPAA Compliant When Working Remotely

Healthcare IT Today

What has not been covered is faxing from home, especially when it relates to faxing medical records or Protected Health Information (PHI) Utilizing a HIPAA Compliant cloud fax […]. The following is a guest article by Doug Clayton from WestFax.

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HIPAA Designated Record Set

Telebehavioral Health Institute

HIPAA Designated Record Set Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, behavioral health specialists are required to provide patients access to the protected health information (PHI) contained in their designated record set. HIPAA

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COVID- 19 Group Therapy and HIPAA Privacy

Telebehavioral Health Institute

Group Therapy and HIPAA Privacy Rule Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, a healthcare provider may use and disclose protected health information (PHI), without individual written authorization, if the use or disclosure is a treatment disclosure. HIPAA

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HIPAA Medical Release Form

Telebehavioral Health Institute

HIPAA Medical Release Form There are certain circumstances in which it is required for behavioral health professionals to receive a HIPAA medical release form before they are permitted to disclose protected health information (PHI). HIPAA

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HIPAA Medical Records Release

Telebehavioral Health Institute

HIPAA Medical Records Release The HIPAA Privacy Rule grants patients or their personal representatives the right to receive, inspect and review their health information. The post HIPAA Medical Records Release appeared first on TBH Institute Blog. HIPAA

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HIPAA Minimum Necessary Standard

Telebehavioral Health Institute

The HIPAA Minimum Necessary Standard The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires covered entities to adhere to the minimum necessary standard in regards to the use and disclosure of protected health information (PHI). HIPAA

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7 Steps For Providers To Comply with HIPAA Regulations

VSee

Special thanks today for our guest post on HIPAA compliance by Alex Mitchell — cybersecurity enthusiast, WordPress guru, and data-safety tools tester with over 10 years experience. Who Must Comply With HIPAA If you’re not familiar with HIPAA it stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Tips & Techniques health information privacy HIPAA business associate hipaa compliance security

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Sentara Hospitals Will Pay $2.2 Million HIPAA Fine

Healthcare IT Today

million to the HHS Office for Civil Rights to settle claims that it violated the HIPAA Breach Notification and Privacy rules. In yet another sign that the agency is taking a tougher enforcement stance, Sentara Hospitals has agreed to pay $2.2

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HIPAA Compliant Appointment Scheduling for Mental Health Professionals

Telebehavioral Health Institute

HIPAA Compliant Appointment Scheduling for Mental Health Professionals Online appointment scheduling tools are a convenient way for patients to book appointments. However, when using a software platform that has access to protected health information, it is important to consider its … Read more. The post HIPAA Compliant Appointment Scheduling for Mental Health Professionals appeared first on TBH Institute Blog.

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What Is Your HIPAA Data Backup Plan?

Electronic Health Reporter

This content is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. The data backup plan was established as a mandatory stage of HIPAA compliance to create, implement and maintain a set of rules and procedures for healthcare organizations to follow when managing the backup and restore requirements of electronic protected health information (ePHI). The article What Is Your HIPAA Data Backup Plan?

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What is Considered a HIPAA Breach in 2019?

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a bill passed initially in 1996, consists of a set of rules and regulations that protect the privacy and security of health information and provide individuals with certain rights to their health information. Health and health-related entities play a pivotal role in […].

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HIPAA Violation Consequences

Telebehavioral Health Institute

What are HIPAA Violation Consequences? Community Psychiatric Clinic Breach Affects 15,537 In three separate email hacking incidents at Community Psychiatric Clinic, the protected health information (PHI) of 15,537 patients was exposed. Although little information is available on these breaches, all … Read more. The post HIPAA Violation Consequences appeared first on TBH Institute Blog. HIPAA

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HIPAA ePHI

Telebehavioral Health Institute

Understanding HIPAA ePHI HIPAA regulation identifies a national set of standards meant to protect the privacy and security of protected health information (PHI). When that PHI is maintained in an electronic or digital format, that’s called electronic protected health … Read more. The post HIPAA ePHI appeared first on TBH Institute Blog. HIPAA

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What Are HIPAA Compliant Storage Requirements?

Electronic Health Reporter

This content is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is US legislation that was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996. This law, enacted through regulations overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), sets rules for the protection of healthcare information (called protected health information, or PHI) and the ability to […].

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HIM Professionals Advocate For Uniform HIPAA Protection Across Social, mHealth Apps

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Members of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) called on Congress to better serve and protect the growing population of healthcare consumers who use technology – such as social media, wearables and mobile health (mHealth) apps – to manage their health. Illegal copying is prohibited.

Telehealth Security: Using a Telehealth VPN

Telebehavioral Health Institute

HIPAA HIPAA resources HIPAA VPN Protected Health Information telehealth security telehealth virtual private network Telehealth VPNTelehealth Security: Using a Telehealth VPN Hackers have been developing yet more devious ways to harm people since COVID.

OCR Settlements on the Rise as HHS Resumes Enforcement

Telebehavioral Health Institute

OCR Settlements on the Rise as HHS Resumes Enforcement With two OCR settlements announced within the span of a week, it seems the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has resumed its enforcement efforts.

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How HIPAA Is Undermining IT and AI’s Potential To Make Healthcare Better

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Signed into law nearly a quarter century ago, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has not aged well in the information technology world. HIPAA itself is largely misunderstood. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard someone tell me about the “Health Information Privacy Act.” Editorial Apixio HIPAA John Schneider

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Health Data Outside HIPAA: Simply Extending HIPAA Would Be a #FAIL

E-CareManagement

Some have called on policymakers to extend HIPAA to cover mHealth apps and other online platforms. In the latest post in our series — “The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? ” — Deven McGraw and I argue that extending HIPAA is not a viable solution.

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Alexa’s HIPAA Compliance Shows A Move Toward Engaging People In Their Healthcare

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Amazon recently announced the availability of a HIPAA-eligible development environment for Alexa-enabled devices. This environment allows select developers to create healthcare “skills” or applications that enable voice-based access to personalized health information. Editorial Alexa HIPAA LifeOmicIllegal copying is prohibited. By Don Brown, CEO, LifeOmic.

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HIPAA Compliant Appointment Scheduling for Mental Health Professionals

Telebehavioral Health Institute

HIPAA Compliant Appointment Scheduling for Mental Health Professionals Online appointment scheduling tools are a convenient way for patients to book appointments. The post HIPAA Compliant Appointment Scheduling for Mental Health Professionals appeared first on TBH Institute Blog

Why Therapists Should Use HIPAA-Compliant Telehealth Platforms During COVID-19

TheraNest

Although the OCR has temporarily lifted regulations regarding HIPAA-compliance and telehealth platforms, it is still best practice to use a HIPAA secure telehealth platform to deliver mental health care to your clients. 6 Reasons To Use A HIPAA-Compliant Telehealth Platform.

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AHIMA and Provider Groups Call for Enhanced Security and Clarification On Information Blocking Rule

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) sent a joint letter to Congressional leaders today voicing concerns that certain provisions of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC’s) recent 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) proposed rule on information blocking jeopardizes goals to foster a healthcare system that is interoperable, patient-engaged and […].

How would you like to change HIPAA?

Health Blawg

HIPAA, everyone’s favorite scapegoat for all (OK, most) of the ills of the modern healthcare-industrial complex, is perpetually called out as being in dire need of a rewrite. The HIPAA RFI came next. Recently, Part 2 got a pretty significant overhaul, but many folks have been hoping that Part 2 and HIPAA could be better harmonized. A digression: As the health wonks and policy nerds reading this are already aware, HIPAA is a horse of a different color.

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How would you like to change HIPAA?

Health Blawg

HIPAA, everyone’s favorite scapegoat for all (OK, most) of the ills of the modern healthcare-industrial complex, is perpetually called out as being in dire need of a rewrite. The HIPAA RFI came next. Recently, Part 2 got a pretty significant overhaul, but many folks have been hoping that Part 2 and HIPAA could be better harmonized. A digression: As the health wonks and policy nerds reading this are already aware, HIPAA is a horse of a different color.

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What Therapists Need to Know About HIPAA Compliant Communications

TheraNest

As a therapist, you have the privilege of being allowed into your clients’ private lives where you are entrusted with personal information that must remain confidential. Your clients need to feel a certain level of trust to benefit from your services, and a good part of this trust comes from knowing that the information they give you is safe and HIPAA compliant. . You’ve probably taken all the necessary precautions to protect your clients’ information within the office.

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Hip On HIPAA: Tip for a Smooth Launch

Perficient

A scenario: your experience, virtual health, and marketing leaders have shaped creative and compelling ideas to personalize interactions with healthcare consumers. YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY – Hip On HIPAA: The Secret Sauce to Successful Marketing Campaigns.

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Provider, Software Company Tussle Over Rights To Critical Data

Healthcare IT Today

In what may be the nightmare scenario for most health IT leaders, a post-acute care provider has entered into a legal battle with a former vendor over access to its patient data. Analytics/Big Data EMR-EHR Health IT Company Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System IT LTPAC Role Electronic Protected Health Information Health IT Lawsuit HIPAA Violation Key Management Group Meridian Hospital Systems Corp.