A lot of confusion has been raised regarding the compliance of cloud to the HIPAA. On the contrary, the healthcare community itself is not very sure of it and is looking at it as a double edged sword. The cloud presents you a shimmering picture of cost-effective option. It provides… Continue Reading Does the cloud provide an easier route to HIPAA compliance?
Within the healthcare community, the cloud has been perceived as a double-edged sword. On one side, the cloud represents a cost-effective solution to the problem of affording the capacity to store and analyze massive amounts of data; on the other, it presents concerns about remaining compliant with HIPAA Training while making strategic… Continue Reading Does the cloud provide an easier route to HIPAA compliance?
A pre-publication version of the much anticipated final Omnibus Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rule (the Final Rule) was issued January 17, 2013 with publication in the Federal Register scheduled for January 25, 2013. While the Final Rule becomes effective March 26, 2013, covered entities and business associates have until… Continue Reading HIPAA final rule out in Federal Register
Emerging technologies are beginning to blur the traditional, clear distinctions around privacy and health data – this is especially true with mobile health (mHealth) solutions. Those involved in regulatory circles are trying to develop a cohesive framework that will encourage innovation, while at the same time protect consumer privacy. A… Continue Reading mHealth Challenges Around Privacy and HIPAA
Late last year, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee challenged regulators to step up enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act: “… the Subcommittee made clear that the [Office for Civil Rights’] efforts fell far short of its expectations, pointing out that, of tens of thousands of HIPAA Compliance received… Continue Reading HIPAA Compliance: 6 Audit Questions (and Answers) for Covered Entities
Claims processing standards expected to cut administrative burden on healthcare providers, insurance companies, and states, says Department of Health and Human Services. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued an interim final rule that prescribes operating standards for electronic fund transfers (EFT) and electronic remittance advice (ERA)–the… Continue Reading HIPAA Electronic Transaction Standards Make Progress
A new survey’s report comes as federal authorities say they would expand enforcement of patient privacy and security requirements. In July, the Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights made clear that it would start doing a better job at making sure entities covered by the Health… Continue Reading Health organizations not prepared for HIPAA audits
Like sand through an hourglass, time is trickling down to the HIPAA 5010 deadline. CMS recently granted the industry a grace period for transitioning to HIPAA 5010, but those grains of sand are dwindling ever faster, and there’s no time to lose for payers and providers still working toward compliance. Even with the “enforcement-free” period,… Continue Reading 5 tips for 11th hour HIPAA 5010 compliance
There are plenty of reasons to put HIPAA back on your radar, including an audit program and record-setting fines for violations. HIPAA Audit Program The HIPAA audit program mandated by the HITECH Act is underway. HHS recently awarded KPMG $9.2 million to commence the program. To date, HHS review of covered entities… Continue Reading HIPAA Activity on the Rise