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The Long Arm of the Law: State Breach Notification Rules Creating Additional Headaches for Healthcare Organizations

A new law in Florida is the latest effort by an individual state to fill the void left by ambiguous federal law regarding breach notification. In Florida, the new law fundamentally changes what information is protected and who is responsible … Continue reading

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CEO-to-CEO – Data Breach Creates Board & C-Suite Risk Management Turmoil

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series CEO-to-CEO

At the end of May, Fox Business News reported that Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a proxy adviser, suggested that seven of 10 directors at the retail giant be removed from office because the board of directors did not do enough … Continue reading

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The Surprising Consequences of Health Plan Data Breaches

With all the commotion surrounding health reform, it’s easy for senior leaders at group health plans to lose focus on data security. They may get lulled into complacency by two fallacies about data breaches: that only big retailers are experiencing … Continue reading

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OCR Welcomes New Director

As former OCR director, Leon Rodriguez, takes on his new role as the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has named Jocelyn Samuels as the next … Continue reading

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Don’t Let your Practice Get Stung by ‘Snooping’

This article was originally featured on  Medical Practice Insider When physicians hear the term “data breach,” they typically think of the headline-grabbing security breaches at major retailers like Target — or perhaps the ones where a clinician loses a laptop … Continue reading

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Legal Health Record vs. Designated Record Set: A Guide to Reconciling Your Approach to PHI Disclosure

For years healthcare organizations have struggled to define their legal health records and align them with the designated record set required by the HIPAA privacy rule. Questions often arise about the differences between the two sets. Further complicating the issue … Continue reading

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CEO-to-CEO – 3 Privacy, Security & Compliance Risk Management Items of Interest

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series CEO-to-CEO

At the risk of being called ‘master of the obvious’, privacy, security and compliance risk management has become critically important to healthcare organizations and most of their vendors.  These organizations that create, receive, maintain or transmit Protected Health Information (PHI)[i] … Continue reading

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Learning to Share: Is Information Exchange Among Providers the Next Great Privacy Challenge?

 We are happy to welcome Michelle Caswell to the Clearwater family. As a former investigator for OCR, her insights into “the OCR point of view” will be especially valuable for the Clearwater customer community. The growing adoption of electronic health … Continue reading

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How Group Health Plans can Ensure HIPAA Compliance

How Group Health Plans can Ensure HIPAA Compliance This article was also featured in Compliance Today:  How Group Health Plans can ensure HIPAA Compliance Because not every group health plan (GHP) must comply with all the provisions of the Omnibus Final Rule, … Continue reading

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Medical ID Theft – Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You

Attention all healthcare organizations: In case you haven’t noticed, your data is under siege from increasingly prevalent and sophisticated threats. Cyber-attacks aimed at stealing protected health information (PHI) are currently popping up all over the country, the most recent examples … Continue reading

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