Could Google’s new privacy policy violate of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act? That’s the concern of several members of Congress, who late last week discussed their worries with Google Director of Public Policy Pablo Chavez and Michael Yang, the company’s attorney, according to an article on Search Engine… Continue Reading Health attorney: Google’s new privacy policy does not violate HIPAA

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

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

If you host your healthcare data with a data center, certain administrative, physical and technical safeguards should be in place, as defined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule. Although all service providers tout their data centers as secure, how do you confirm if it truly… Continue Reading How to Evaluate a HIPAA Security Compliant Data Center

The main objective of the HIPAA law is to streamline health insurance system and provide continuous coverage to the people who change or loose their jobs. To do this effectively, special emphasis is laid on complete conversion of patient health records from paper to electronic format. This will make it… Continue Reading HIPAA Law-Selecting the Right User Authentication System

Fax machine is a great asset, which organizations count on, to quickly send and receive information. It plays a significant role in managing well, the communication needs of the office. But with arrival of HIPAA law, it is mandatory for the covered entities and their business associates to install HIPAA… Continue Reading HIPAA Law: Ensuring Secure Transmission of Patient Health Information Through Fax