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HIPAA Privacy and Security Reminders – Necessary Evil, Operational Baseline or Competitive Advantage?

By Clearwater November 28, 2013
This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series HIPAA Privacy-Security Reminders

HIPAA Privacy and Security Reminders – Necessary Evil, Operational Baseline or Competitive Advantage? How do you and your colleagues think about compliance with the HIPAA-HITECH privacy, security and breach notification rules? We’re finding that organizations and their leaders are evolving their thinking about the safeguarding their members’, patients’ or customers’ personal information in general and the […]

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HIPAA Privacy and Security Reminders – WellPoint OCR Settlement Agreement

By Clearwater October 15, 2013
This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series HIPAA Privacy-Security Reminders

HIPAA Privacy and Security Reminders – WellPoint OCR Settlement Agreement What Was the Nature of the Information and How Many Individuals Were Affected? The ePHI, including names, dates of birth, addresses, Social Security numbers, telephone numbers and health information, of 612,402 health insurance applicants was impermissibly disclosed after WellPoint failed to adequately implement policies and procedures […]

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HIPAA Privacy and Security Reminders – Increased Risk and Consequences of Medical Identity Theft

By Clearwater October 8, 2013
This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series HIPAA Privacy-Security Reminders

HIPAA Privacy and Security Reminders – Increased Risk and Consequences of Medical Identity Theft What Happened? The 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft, conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA), finds that the risk of medical identity theft is increasing, as is the seriousness of the medical and financial […]

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HIPAA Privacy and Security Reminders – UT Physicians Laptop Goes Missing

By Clearwater September 2, 2013
This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series HIPAA Privacy-Security Reminders

HIPAA Privacy and Security Reminders – UT Physicians Laptop Goes Missing What Happened? On August 28, 2013, UT Physicians, the medical group practice of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, announced that an unencrypted laptop computer containing some patient information was discovered missing on Aug. 2 from a locked […]

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HIPAA Audit Tips – Don’t Confuse HIPAA Security Evaluation and Risk Analysis

By Clearwater November 19, 2012
This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series HIPAA Audit Tips

Compliance assessment? Security Evaluation? Risk Assessment? Risk Analysis? Compliance Analysis? Huh?  Lots of confusion continues to swirl around the difference between a HIPAA Security Evaluation versus HIPAA Security Risk Analysis.  No wonder, the terms are often used interchangeably.  Let’s end the confusion… Here’s today’s big tip – Learn the critical difference – Don’t Confuse HIPAA Security Evaluation and Risk Analysis !

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HIPAA Audit Tips – OCR Audit Protocol – Risk Analysis

By Clearwater July 24, 2012
This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series HIPAA Audit Tips

In case the HHS / OCR Final Guidance on Risk Analysis published in July 2010 and the May 2012 ONC Guide to Privacy and Security of Health Information were not enough to clarify the importance of and how to actually conduct a bona fide HIPAA Security Risk Analysis, the recently published OCR HIPAA HITECH audit protocols provide further insight into what […]

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How to Rate and Rank-Order Your Risks

By Clearwater April 15, 2012

The “algebra” (some would say “calculus”) of Risk Analysis requires the identification of risks.  This identification begins with inventorying information assets of value, then considering threats to these assets and vulnerabilities of these assets after consideration of current controls and environmental factors.

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HIPAA Privacy and Security Reminders – Protection Against Identity Theft

By Clearwater September 25, 2011
This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series HIPAA Privacy-Security Reminders

Medical Identity Theft  and Identity Theft are criminal acts that occurs when a person uses someone else’s personal information, such as name, social security number and/or insurance card number, without that individual’s knowledge to obtain or make false claims for (medical) services or goods.   Learn more about what you and your company should  be doing…to protect yourself and your stakeholders… […]

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