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How to Report a HIPAA Violation

How to Report a HIPAA Violation | HIPAA Compliance for Medical Practices | Scoop.it

It is important for all employees in the healthcare and healthcare insurance industries to understand what constitutes a HIPAA violation and how to report a HIPAA violation. Understanding what constitutes a HIPAA violation should be included in the Covered Entity´s HIPAA training, as should the correct person to direct the report to – who then has the responsibility to determine whether ot not the HIPAA violation should be reported to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

 

Potential HIPAA violations must be investigated internally by HIPAA Covered Entities and – where applicable – their Business Associates to determine the severity of the breach, the risk to individuals impacted by the incident, and to ensure action is taken promptly to correct the violation and mitigate risk.

 

The sooner a potential HIPAA violation is reported, the easier it will be to limit the potential harm that may be caused and to prevent further violations of HIPAA Rules.

Reporting HIPAA Violations Internally

When healthcare or insurance professionals suspect a violation of HIPAA has occurred, the incident should be reported to a supervisor, the organization’s Privacy Officer, or to the individual responsible for HIPAA compliance in the organization.

 

Accidental HIPAA violations occur even when great care is taken by employees. The HIPAA complaint will have to be investigated internally and a decision made about whether it is a reportable breach under provisions of the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule. Oftentimes, minor incidents are so inconsequential that they do not warrant notifications to be issued, such as when minor errors are made in good faith or if PHI has been disclosed and there is little risk of knowledge of PHI being retained.

 

If you have made a mistake, accidentally viewed PHI of a patient that you are not authorized to view, or another individual in your organization is suspected of violating HIPAA Rules, you should report HIPAA violations promptly. The failure to do so is likely to be viewed unfavorably if it is later discovered.

How to Report a HIPAA Violation to HHS’ Office for Civil Rights

It is also permitted for employees and patients to bypass notifying the covered entity and make a HIPAA complaint directly with OCR if it is believed that a Covered Entity has violated the HIPAA Privacy, Security, or Breach Notification Rules.

 

In all cases, serious violations of HIPAA rules including potential criminal violations, willful/widespread neglect of HIPAA Rules, and multiple suspected HIPAA violations should be reported to the Office for Civil Rights directly.

 

HIPAA complaints can be submitted via the OCR’s Complaint Portal online,  although OCR will also accept complaints via fax, mail, or email. Contact information for HIPAA violation reporting can be found on the above link.

 

In order for OCR to determine whether a violation is likely to have occurred, the reason for the HIPAA complaint should be written stated along with the potential violation. Information will need to be supplied about the covered entity (or business associate), the date when the HIPAA violation is suspected of occurring, the address where the violation occurred – if known, and when the complainant learned of the possible HIPAA violation.

 

Complaints should be submitted within 180 days of the violation being discovered, although in certain cases, an extension to the HIPAA violation reporting time limit may be granted if there is good cause.

 

While complaints can be submitted anonymously, it is important to bear in mind that OCR will not investigate any HIPAA complaint if a name and contact information is not supplied.

 

All complaints will be read and assessed, and investigations into HIPAA complaints will be launched if HIPAA Rules are suspected of being violated and the complaint is submitted inside the 180-day timeframe.

 

Not all HIPAA violations result settlements or civil monetary penalties. Oftentimes, the issue is resolved through voluntary compliance, technical guidance, or if the covered entity or business associate agrees to take corrective action.

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The HIPAA Timeline

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was passed on August 21, 1996, during the re-election campaign of President Bill Clinton.

 

The law was the end-product of twin concerns of Congress as America entered into the 21st century. One of these twin principal concerns was, of course, a fear that as new technologies were developing, existing laws – mostly a patchwork of laws on the state level – were inadequate to protect the privacy and security of patient health information.

 

Regulation of this privacy and security is embodied in Title II of HIPAA. Title I of HIPAA, however, addresses an equally important concern and is an equally important part of the HIPAA timeline.

 

Title I was passed to ensure that a change in employment would not result in termination of health insurance coverage.

What is the Importance of Title I in the HIPAA Timeline?

Title I of HIPAA plays an important role not only in the HIPAA timeline but in the timeline of health insurance coverage developments in America generally. In 1985, a federal law, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) was passed.

 

That law required employers of a certain size to offer continuation of health plan benefits to employees after termination of their employment.

 

In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) passed. That law strengthens existing COBRA law. For example, under the PPACA, an insurer generally cannot refuse to sell a policy of healthcare insurance to an individual because that individual has a preexisting medical condition.

 

Therefore, when an individual becomes eligible for COBRA coverage, that individual cannot be denied this coverage because of a preexisting medical condition.

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3 Ways To Prioritize Compliance In Your Dental Practice

3 Ways To Prioritize Compliance In Your Dental Practice | HIPAA Compliance for Medical Practices | Scoop.it

Dental Practice compliance has become increasingly important as more and more practices embrace different administrative roles.

 

Every team needs to understand the importance of maintaining compliance from staying up-to-date with HIPAA, labor, and OSHA regulations to documentation standards and other compliance-related issues.

 

However, it can be hard to keep up with all the dental practice compliance issues, especially if you are using a personal approach instead of an organizational one.

 

Here are three ways you can create a culture of compliance without losing clients or money in your dental practice.

 

1. ASSIGN A COMPLIANCE OFFICER

 

One person can’t be an expert in all areas of dental practice compliance. Thus, it’s essential to dedicate a team member that is responsible for maintaining compliance in an assigned area. For example, you can have a compliance officer that is in charge of HIPAA and another in charge of OSHA.

 

Breaking down roles like this ensures your practice is in line with all the laws, and in case of any issues, they can be addressed before its’ too late. Additionally, your compliance officer should have documentation and organization skills to maintain documentation effectively.

 

Compliance officers are also responsible for training new team members and annual team retraining.

 

2. PURCHASE COMPLIANCE SOFTWARE

 

Due to advancements in technology, there are various resources and products that you can use for compliance in multiple areas. For example;

• OperaDDS, DDS Rescue and OperaDDS can be helpful in HIPAA compliance
• AutoSDS is essential for OSHA compliance
• DentalPost can assist you in hiring and recruiting team members

Unfortunately, many organizations forgo buying these resources to save on costs. However, not having appropriate software and resources can cost you more than the prices of these products if an issue arises in the future.

 

3. ENCOURAGE PATIENT COMPLIANCE

 

It’s common to find patients giving a false acceptance of services to avoid voicing their concerns about your treatment or services.

 

To prevent such patients from leaving your practice, ensure you use patient-friendly terminology and a friendly, approachable manner when conversing and clearly explain the importance of recommended treatment and care.

 

Not keeping up with dental practice compliance is a multifaceted problem that practices need to stay on top of to avoid future issues.

 

 

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HIPAA Tips for Covered Entities & Employees

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Covered entities’ employees play an important role in keeping PHI and ePHI secure. The following HIPAA covered entity employee tips can be used by your organization as part of broader privacy and security effort. 

 

Five HIPAA Covered Entity Employee Tips – reminders that covered entity employees should give their workforce – include:

 

HIPAA Covered Entity Employee Tips:

 

Tip 1: Employees should never share login credentials. Since login information is used to track the actions of both authorized (i.e., users who have a legitimate need to access ePHI) and non-authorized users of ePHI, login credentials should neither be shared nor written down.

 

Tip 2: Employees who work for a covered entity, with whom employees have also treated, should not be permitted to access their medical records using their own login credentials.

 

Rather, covered entities should require employees to go through the same process for obtaining access as patients go through. As a general matter, employees who are authorized to access patient PHI are only authorized to access just that – patient PHI, as in PHI of others.

 

Employees who seek a copy of their medical records should submit a request for a copy of these records via HR. In order to gain access to their health data, they must submit a request for a copy of their health information via their HIM department.

 

Tip 3: Employees should be reminded that medical records are the property of the covered entity; accordingly, employees should not be allowed, upon their departure from a covered entity’s employ, to take medical records containing PHI with them.

 

Such information can be used for a variety of purposes that constitute data theft. These purposes include using the information to “recruit” patients to a different facility, or using the information to market or sell pharmaceutical products, just to name two examples. 

 

Tip 4: Employees should NEVER share ePHI on social media sites or through social media channels. Covered entities who have not already developed policies prohibiting such activities, should implement such policies at their earliest convenience.

 

The prohibition should extend to every type of social media, even to a social media platform (i.e., Twitter) that restricts the number of characters that a message can contain, and even so-called “closed” groups on sites such as Facebook. Once information is posted on social media, the information, by definition, has been made public.

 

In addition, ePHI that should never be shared includes not only data but also photographs or videos that could be used to identify a patient.  

 

Tip 5: Employees should be reminded that portable devices and documents containing ePHI or PHI should never be left unattended.

 

Devices can be misplaced or stolen, and the ePHI contained therein then taken by data thieves or cyber attackers.

 

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has not hesitated to fine organizations that suffered a data breach as a result of devices containing ePHI being hacked because the devices were left unattended. 

 

Devices should be encrypted and left attended at all times. In addition, care should be taken not to misplace or use paper documents. Such documents should not be kept in areas where they can be viewed by unauthorized individuals.

 
 
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HIPAA Security Rule: Risk Analysis Review and Updating

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The HIPAA Security Rule requires that covered entities (health plans, healthcare clearinghouses, and healthcare providers who electronically transmit any health information in connection with a HIPAA related transaction), and business associates, implement security safeguards to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronically protected health information (ePHI).

 

ePHI is any protected health information that is created, stored, transmitted, or received in any electronic format.

 

Performing a security risk analysis is the first step in identifying and implementing these safeguards.

 

A security risk analysis consists of conducting an accurate and thorough assessment of the potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of ePHI.

 

Once the analysis has been completed, organizations should periodically conduct a risk analysis review.

What is the Scope of a Security Risk Analysis?

According to guidance issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the scope of security risk analysis includes potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of all ePHI that an organization:

  • Creates;
  • Receives;
  • Maintains; and
  • Transmits

Security risk analysis includes six elements:

  • Collecting Data
  • Identifying and Documenting Potential Threats and Vulnerabilities
  • Assessing Current Security Measures
  • Determining the Likelihood of Threat Occurrence
  • Determining the Potential Impact of Threat Occurrence
  • Determining the Level of Risk

What is a Security Rule Risk Analysis Review?

Once all of the above six elements have been addressed, all documentation should be finalized. In addition, the security risk assessment should be periodically reviewed, and updated, as needed

 

Continuous risk analysis review allows an organization to identify when updates to risk assessment policies and procedures are needed. 

 

The Security Rule does not specify how frequently to perform risk analysis review. According to risk analysis guidance provided by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), some covered entities may perform risk analysis review annually or as needed (e.g., twice a year, every 3 years), depending on the circumstances of their environment.

What Factors Influence Whether Risk Analysis Review Should be Performed? 

Factors to consider include:

  • Changes in technology and business operations. When an entity implements new technologies and plans new business operations, the entity should consider performing a security risk analysis assessment. Adopting new technologies and new business operations may pose potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of ePHI; a risk analysis review can identify these risks and vulnerabilities.

 

  • An organization has experienced a recent security incident.  If a covered entity has recently experienced a security incident, such as a data breach, a risk analysis review should be conducted to determine whether and what additional security measures are needed.

 

  • An organization has experienced a change in ownership or turnover in key staff or management. An organization that undergoes a change in ownership or that experiences key staff turnover, should evaluate, in light of the expertise of the departed and incoming individuals, whether existing security measures are sufficient to protect against risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of ePHI.  In addition, part of risk analysis consists of an assessment of current security measures. Important security measures include policies and procedures, contained in an employee handbook or similar document, that address data security and define staff obligations to protect ePHI. Before incoming workforce members begin their jobs, policies and procedures contained in the handbook should be evaluated for sufficiency and accuracy, so that when these policies and procedures are distributed, new employees have the most up-to-date information required for them to protect ePHI.

 

  • Regulatory and legislative changes. New legislation and regulations may impose additional or modified obligations under the Security Rule. If your risk assessment references a law or regulation, you should review that assessment to make sure it still complies with any changes made to the regulation. When new legislation is passed, or when new regulations become effective, the risk assessment should be reviewed and updated to incorporate the requirements of the new legislation or regulations.

 

Performing risk analysis review, and then making necessary updates to the risk analysis assessment, allows for your organization to reduce review identified risks to reasonable and appropriate levels.

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HIPAA Privacy Rules, Mental Health, and Addiction: When can PHI be shared without consent?

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HIPAA is designed to protect patient confidentiality.

What happens when patient confidentiality conflicts with a patient being able to receive the best care possible? 

 

In cases of mental health and addiction, such as the current opioid overdose crisis, there are situations in which a covered healthcare provider may share protected health information (PHI) to help the patient. 

 

In this post, we’ll share guidance on sharing protected information to prevent harm in both mental health and opioid overdose situations.

 

While HIPAA may permit disclosure of patient information, there may be other overlapping privacy laws related to individual states or other regulations that need to be taken into consideration before the information is shared.

Mental Health and Privacy

When addressing mental health issues, HIPAA rules provide guidance on sharing patient information to ensure that the patient receives the best treatment and care possible. Disclosure of information is also acceptable when the health and safety of the patient and others are at risk. 

 

Communicate with a patient’s family members, friends, and others involved in the patient’s care. If a patient is present and has the capacity to make decisions, and does not object; a healthcare professional can discuss treatment or payment issues. 

 

If not present or incapacitated (intoxicated or experiencing temporary psychosis, for example), the patient’s information can be shared if the provider, in his or her professional judgment, determines that doing so in the patient’s best interests. Section 164.510(b)(3) of the HIPAA Privacy Rule explains this permission.

 

Patient with mental illness not taking medication. If a patient doesn’t object, a provider can share patient information with family members.

 

If a patient does object, but the provider believes that the unmedicated patient poses a serious and imminent danger to herself or others, then the provider can share pertinent information, if consistent with applicable law and standards of ethical conduct. 

 

Communications with law enforcement. The Privacy Rule permits a doctor to contact family or law enforcement if the doctor believes that such a warning is needed to prevent or at least lessen an imminent threat to the health or safety of the patient or others.

 

For instance, if a patient makes a credible threat to do harm to someone, a mental health professional can alert police, school administrators, family, and others who may be able to intervene.

HIPAA Privacy and Opioid Overdose

Sadly, opioid addiction continues to hold sway across much of the United States. Despite HIPAA regulations that allow healthcare providers to share PHI with family members, confusion remains. 

 

Healthcare providers can share information related to the care and treatment of a patient in a crisis situation, such as a drug overdose.

 

If the provider determines that the best interests of an incapacitated or unconscious patient involve sharing information with family or close friends, they can do so. 

 

However, while they can share information about the overdose, a healthcare provider cannot share medical information unrelated to the ongoing care and treatment of the patient. 

HIPAA and Changes to Decision-Making Capacity

Regardless of whether a patient can or cannot make a decision due to mental health or an overdose issue, the situation can change. 

 

Because the inability to make a decision can be temporary, a healthcare provider must give the patient a chance to decide whether to continue to share information or not when the patient is once again able to make a decision.

 

For instance, someone intoxicated to the point of unconsciousness or incoherence will eventually become sober. The patient can then object to future information sharing. However, as already described, the provider can still share PHI if, in their professional judgment, the patient poses a serious and imminent threat to himself or others. 

Healthcare Power of Attorney

A patient’s “personal representative” has authority, under applicable law, to make healthcare decisions for a patient.

 

They have the same rights of access to health information as the patient. A provider may refuse to share information if they believe that the personal representative has subjected the patient to violence, abuse, or neglect. 

Patient Care Outweighs Patient Privacy

Simply stated, the rules around HIPAA privacy are designed to ensure the best possible healthcare outcome for the patient. For patients who are unable to make decisions for themselves, their PHI can be shared with loved ones to ensure care.

 

There is also a “duty to warn” in situations where the patient is a danger to him/herself or others. 

 

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What is the Purpose of HIPAA?

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act – or HIPAA as it is better known – is an important legislative Act affecting the U.S. healthcare industry, but what is the purpose of HIPAA?

 

Healthcare professionals often complain about the restrictions of HIPAA – Are the benefits of the legislation worth the extra workload?

What is the Purpose of HIPAA?

HIPAA was first introduced in 1996. In its earliest form, the legislation helped to ensure that employees would continue to receive health insurance coverage when they were between jobs.

 

The legislation also required healthcare organizations to implement controls to secure patient data to prevent healthcare fraud, although it took several years for the rules for doing so to be penned.

 

HIPAA also introduced several new standards that were intended to improve efficiency in the healthcare industry, requiring healthcare organizations to adopt the standards to reduce the paperwork burden.

 

Code sets had to be used along with patient identifiers, which helped pave the way for the efficient transfer of healthcare data between healthcare organizations and insurers, streamlining eligibility checks, billing, payments, and other healthcare operations.

 

HIPAA also prohibits the tax-deduction of interest on life insurance loans, enforces group health insurance requirements, and standardizes the amount that may be saved in a pre-tax medical savings account.

 

HIPAA is a comprehensive legislative act incorporating the requirements of several other legislative acts, including the Public Health Service Act, Employee Retirement Income Security Act, and more recently, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

Health Data Privacy and Security

HIPAA is now best known for protecting the privacy of patients and ensuring patient data is appropriately secured, with those requirements added by the HIPAA Privacy Rule of 2000 and the HIPAA Security Rule of 2003. The requirement for notifying individuals of a breach of their health information was introduced in the Breach Notification Rule in 2009.

 

The purpose of the HIPAA Privacy Rule was to introduce restrictions on the allowable uses and disclosures of protected health information, stipulating when, with whom, and under what circumstances, health information could be shared. Another important purpose of the HIPAA Privacy Rule was to give patients access to their health data on request.

 

The purpose of the HIPAA Security Rule is mainly to ensure electronic health data is appropriately secured, access to electronic health data is controlled, and an auditable trail of PHI activity is maintained.

 

So, in summary, what is the purpose of HIPAA? To improve efficiency in the healthcare industry, to improve the portability of health insurance, to protect the privacy of patients and health plan members, and to ensure health information is kept secure and patients are notified of breaches of their health data.

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How to Engage on Social Media with HIPAA in Mind

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Social media is a great tool for growing a healthcare business and connecting with patients on a new level. You have the ability to establish expertise, provide education, and create a brand. But, social media comes with certain risks for healthcare professionals who are not careful. This is important asHIPAA violations can have serious consequences.

 

The basic rules of engagement are simple: Don’t post too many times in one day, don’t make every post a self-promotion, and don’t forget to proofread. However, medical professionals must also keep HIPAA — The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act — in mind when using social media.

Read our HIPAA guidelines for three tips to avoid privacy violations when building your online presence.

 

Patrol for protected health information protected by HIPAA

HIPAA outlines 18 types of protected health information, or PHIs, that could reveal the identity of a patient. If any information you share online includes details that could lead back to a specific patient, you’re violating in HIPAA compliance.”

 

The information provided in your own social media profile — names, locations, photos, dates — combined with even minimal information from the post could paint a surprisingly clear picture of PHI with minimal detective work. You might think you’ve disguised their identity, but a good rule of thumb is to leave any biographical information out when posting on social networks.

 

Remember to also use a critical eye when it comes to sharing images. Do a quick scan to make sure a patient or their files aren’t visible in the background of a seemingly harmless office snap.

 

If your practice wants to use photography for marketing or educational purposes, ensure you have proper patient consent. Create a form that explicitly states why a photo or video is being taken and retains your rights to the imagery.

Maintain a professional profile

There is a difference between your personal and professional online presence. Although social media platforms can be a great tool for friends to stay in touch, using social media for business requires greater professional distance.

 

And while an increasing number of people are becoming active on social media, you should never post directly to a patient’s profiles or tag their account in a post, as this would be a violation of HIPAA laws.A patient might engage with your online presence on their own accord, perhaps through a comment on a Facebook post or a review on your Healthgrades profile. 

 

Don’t be afraid to respond back, just leave any additional details about the patient or their treatment out.

Create a HIPAA social media strategy for your practice, and stick to it

An online presence is essential to healthcare marketing, even for the busiest doctor. Set yourself up for success by sticking to a consistent schedule and strategy. Create a HIPAA-compliant social media policy for your practice to establish a brand voice and stay safe. If additional help is needed, you can empower your front office staff with greater responsibility.

 

First and foremost, you’ll need to educate your staff on HIPAA. Anything they post will reflect back on you and your practice, so be sure that whoever manages your social media knows how to look out for possible HIPAA violations.

 

You also might consider implementing a social media style guide with HIPAA in mind, which can give direction on the best practices for your content, tone, and branding. For example, you could provide a repository of HIPAA-compliant responses for your staff to reference when engaging with patients.

 

Every social action you take online conveys something about your practice, so be sure you portray a positive image to your patients while also protecting their privacy.

 

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Do you Know the Recent Changes in HIPAA?

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The recent HIPAA changes extend the scope and extent of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). Many of the new HIPAA rules for 2013 account for changes in working practices and advances in technology since the original legislation was enacted in 1996.

 

Within the recent HIPAA changes, the Security Rule introduces three “safeguards” to protect the integrity of electronically stored and transmitted Protected Health Information (ePHI). These three safeguards are:

  • Administrative Safeguards – covering factors such as the assigning of an information security officer, business associate agreements, risk assessments, training and the development of appropriate policies.
  • Physical Safeguards – covering equipment specifications, controls for devices and media used to store ePHI (including flash drives), and physical access to servers and other hardware on which ePHI is stored.
  • Technical Safeguards – covering issues such as who can remotely access a database on which ePHI is stored, audit controls, transmission security and how access to and the communication of ePHI is monitored.

 

These safeguards are of particular significance to covered entities that have implemented BYOD policies, have storage issues with the requirement to save six years of ePHI, or who provide unfiltered Internet access.

 

In order to comply with the recent HIPAA changes, covered entities must implement mechanisms that ensure the end-to-end security of patient data and have processes in place to prevent a data breach.

A Revised Definition of Data Breaches

Also included among the new HIPAA rules for 2013 was a revised definition of what constitutes a data breach. A data breach will now be presumed to have occurred when there has been the unauthorized exposure of ePHI unless the healthcare organization, health insurance provider, employer or vendor/business associate can demonstrate that there is a low probability that patient data was compromised.

 

One of the best ways of demonstrating a low probability that patient data was compromised is through encryption. The encryption of data is an “addressable” requirement of the HIPAA Security Rule, meaning that it does not have to be implemented if a covered entity can show it is not necessary, or if a suitable alternative to the requirement is instigated.

 

However, by encrypting all personal identifiers and health-related data any unauthorized exposure of ePHI will be undecipherable, unreadable and unusable – resulting in a low probability that patient data was compromised.

 

The encryption of data in databases, on servers, on flash drives or as it moves through a network can also help covered entities avoid OCR fines for failing to comply with the recent HIPAA changes.

The Implementation of Encryption in Healthcare

The implementation of encryption in healthcare is not difficult to achieve. Many covered entities are switching their primary method of communication to secure messaging. Secure messaging compliments the BYOD policies that many covered entities have introduced, and eliminates the risk of a data breach – not only through encrypted communications, but also by encapsulating communications within a private network that provides full message accountability.

Secure messaging not only helps to comply with the recent HIPAA changes, but the mechanisms intended to provide an audit trail for ePHI also accelerate the communications cycle in many areas of healthcare. Secure messaging has also been proven to foster collaboration and enhance productivity – improving the speed of diagnoses, the accuracy with which prescriptions are filled and reducing the volume of adverse events.

Whereas secure messaging resolves the issue of encryption in healthcare since the new HIPAA rules for 2013 were introduced, secure email archiving is an appropriate solution for communications sent and received prior to the recent HIPAA changes. Covered entities have to keep healthcare data for a minimum of six years, and secure email archiving not only stores them in an encrypted format, but also indexes emails and their content for easy retrieval in the event of discovery or compliance audit.

The Cyber Threat to the Integrity of ePHI

The single largest cause of data breaches has been, to date, human error. Employees mislaying USB Flash drives, unencrypted laptops stolen from the back seat of a car and the improper disposal of ePHI have been responsible for many millions of records being exposed. Aware that employees are the weakest link in a covered entity´s cybersecurity defenses, criminals are targeting them through phishing campaigns and malware downloads.

One of the strongest defenses against cyber threats is the implementation of a web filter. With a suitably robust web filter, covered entities can prevent employees being directed to bogus websites that request their login credentials and sites that harbor malware. Web filtering solutions can also be configured to prevent the download of certain file types, making it harder for a cybercriminal to break through a covered entity´s cybersecurity defenses.

Web filters also have a productivity-enhancing benefit. With the ability to restrict access to any website, administrators can prevent employees from using social media channels, visiting shopping portals or watching live-streamed videos during working hours. Restricting access to certain areas of the Internet can also eliminate potential HR issues and create a more user-friendly working environment.

 
 
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Protecting PHI: Managing HIPAA Risk with Outside Consultants 

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The rising complexity of healthcare, particularly as it relates to providers’ growing technical needs, is increasingly prompting healthcare organizations to seek the help of outside consultants. In engagements with healthcare entities, thought IT consultants try to minimize interaction with patient data, they often have access to protected health information (PHI). When working with HIPAA Covered Entities, consultants are treated as “business associates” and are required to comply with Privacy Rules designed to protect PHI.

 

Managing HIPAA compliance when engaging outside consultants requires that consultants enter into a Business Associate Agreement (BAA). The BAA must:

  • Describe the permitted and required uses of PHI by the business associate in the context of their role
  • Provide that the business associate will not use or further disclose the PHI, other than as permitted or required by the contract or by law
  • Require the business associate to use appropriate safeguards to prevent a use or disclosure of the PHI, other than as provided for by the contract

Here are several best practices to follow to ensure the protection of PHI in consulting arrangements.

 

FTE Mentality

During the contract period, the expectation is that consultants act as if they were an employee of the hospital or provider organization and therefore treat PHI in this manner. It is important to know that consultant business associates could be held liable or equally responsible for a PHI data breach in the same way a full-time employee could be.

 

Role-Based Access Rules

Limit access to PHI based on role to ensure that only the parties that need PHI have access to it. An IT strategist, for example, does not need to see live patient data. Associates leading implementation projects, on the other hand, may need access to live PHI. Typically, this occurs late in the implementation process, when the time comes to test a system with live, identifiable patient data.

 

Safeguard Access Points

If a hospital wants a consultant to have regular access to PHI, it would be preferable that the hospital provides the consultant with a computer or device with appropriate access authorizations and restrictions in place. Avoid the use of personal devices whenever possible. Make sure that only approved and authorized devices can be used inside the firewall and require multi-factor authentication during log-in. Avoid inappropriate access to PHI by way of shared or public data access points. Don’t allow private access to PHI where others could intervene.

 

Keep it Local

Don’t take PHI away from the source of use. Consultants should avoid storing PHI on personal devices, including smart phones, which are particularly susceptible to theft and loss. Devices used to store or access PHI must be registered. Best practices often include controls giving IT staff advance permission to remotely wipe or lock a stolen registered device. Avoid leaving registered devices in cars or unprotected areas.

 

Paper-based reports also pose threat of PHI leak. Documents you take home over the weekend, for example, could be accessed by family members, lost, or stolen. Electronic, paper, verbal and image-based PHI should all be confidently secured. Of course the regulations also relate to visual and verbal protections. When accessing PHI avoid allowing others to view your screen over your shoulder. When discussing PHI make sure only those who need to know and have appropriate authority can hear the conversation.

 

The healthcare industry is making great strides in establishing digital infrastructure, much of which is cloud-based, putting new onus on providers and their business partners to ensure the security of that information. No one wants to make headlines for the latest data breach, least of all the IT consultants hired by providers to help guide their data management efforts. Rigorous attention to HIPAA Privacy Rule guidelines is not only required – it’s imperative to maintaining trust in the healthcare ecosystem.

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The Benefits of Performing a HIPAA Risk Assessment

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule mandates that covered entities must conduct a risk assessment of their healthcare company.

 

 A wide range of organizations – from healthcare insurance providers to hospitals – fall into this covered entity group. While it may seem taxing and time-consuming to provide standardized training to your employees, there are many reasons doing so can behoove you. For one, it’s the law. Since 2009, Security Risk Assessments (SRAs) have been a required annual practice set forth by the HIPAA Security Rule.

 

Don’t wait to become a breach headline; nip breaches in bud by detecting security issues before they wreak havoc. You can’t be secure if you are not compliant; and a HIPAA Risk Assessment will safeguard your organization in more ways than one. Technology is a timesaver that has simplified the medical filing and billing processes, but it leaves the potential for leaks and hacking.

 

A risk analysis will identify and document potential threats and liabilities that can cause a breach of sensitive data. An IT security consulting company can check all portable media (laptops), desktops, and networks to ensure they’re ironclad. IT security measures, such as encryption and two-factor authentication2, will be addressed in order to make it challenging for unwanted eyes to get a glimpse of patient information.  

 

Employees are the greatest threat to HIPAA compliance, so it’s important to make sure they’re well informed on how to prevent breaches. Annual HIPAA Security Awareness Training Programs provide a thorough understanding of each person’s role in preventing breaches and protecting physical and electronic information.

 

HIPAA training is a regulatory requirement, many employee actions that go awry could easily be prevented. A consultant will offer tips and tricks for minimizing that risk; a few include never leaving work phones and laptops unattended, never sharing passwords or company credentials, choosing to shred files as opposed to trashing them, and overcoming the temptation to “snoop” on patient information without just cause.

 

While many of these suggestions seem like common sense, there are also many lesser known incidences that arise while working in the medical field. Did you know that you cannot access your own medical records using your login credentials? While it may seem innocent enough, everyone is required to submit a request to access medical materials. 

 

Don’t deter a Risk Assessment out of indolence. HIPAA Risk Assessments must be accurate and extremely thorough.  Questions about all the administrative, technical, and physical safeguards an organization has in place must be asked about.

 

If outsourcing your HIPAA Risk Assessment, choose a company that provides comprehensive training courses. No two companies are alike so cookie-cutter answers don’t exist for compliancy; a client-facing doctor’s office and corporate health insurance agency will require that different preventive measures be put into place.

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How HIPAA Helps Strengthen Patient Trust

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Trust is a vital factor that affects the success of any relationship, whether it be personal or professional. Without this foundational element, interpersonal and business relationships would be filled with suspicion and uncertainty leading to conflict and ultimately the disintegration of any bond that existed.

 

In today’s digitally-driven world, this core human value is now more critical than ever. Many of the transactions we perform daily force us to deal with entities we have never met in real life. Dealing with any organization that processes and stores our personal data requires us to trust that they will honor their commitments and keep our sensitive information secure.

 

When it comes to healthcare, patient trust is a core element of any practice. Any incident that jeopardizes patient trust can destroy the relationship and threaten the future of the organization.  As people are effectively placing their health and welfare under the direct care of a practitioner, trust is effectively the only human emotion at play in this relationship.

 

We not only trust them with our lives but with keeping our medical information private and secure. Should this data be compromised in any way, it would not only place the patient in a precarious position but would also destroy the trust relationship that existed with the practitioner.

HIPAA Strengthens Patient Trust

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) helps strengthen patient trust in various ways. It provides mechanisms that enhance the transparency, privacy, and security of electronic healthcare information. Not only does the Act help prevent sensitive patient data from compromise, but it also gives patients access and protects their private medical information.

 

Under HIPAA, medical organizations and practitioners that process and store patient healthcare information must implement measures that ensure compliance with the obligations stipulated under the statute.

 

Some of these measures include conducting regular security risk assessments and deploying technologies that protect access to patient information such as Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and encryption.

 

Complying with the provisions specified under HIPAA should not only be seen as a legal or regulatory obligation but as accreditation that the organization takes patient confidentiality and security seriously. It helps build that vital trust factor as patients know that the entity has implemented the necessary safeguards needed to protect the privacy of their sensitive medical information. Achieving HIPAA compliance should therefore not be seen as a regulatory obligation but as an essential business practice that builds patient trust.

The Healthcare Industry is Not Immune to Cybersecurity Risks

As the world has become more digital and many of the vital services that run our lives have moved online, cybersecurity is a fundamental principle that every organization needs to put into practice. No enterprise is immune from a cyberattack, and this fact is particularly true for organizations that operate in the healthcare industry.

 

According to the 2018 Verizon Protected Health Information Data Breach Report, 58% of incidents involved insiders. This statistic highlighted the fact that healthcare is the leading industry in which internal actors are the biggest threat to an organization. It’s interesting to note that the majority of these incidents involved human error.

 

Although malicious actions such as misuse of information, physical intrusion, and hacking also contributed to breaches involving the healthcare industry, human error was a leading cause of data compromise. These statistics show the vital role HIPAA can play in helping organizations reduce the risk of data breaches involving protected health information.

How to Comply with HIPAA Rules

HIPAA compliance is not a one time exercise but an ongoing assessment that involves a synchronized endeavor involving people, processes, and technology. As human error is the leading cause of data breaches in the healthcare industry, it is vitally important to implement the safeguards that HIPAA has created to reduce the risk of intentional or accidental compromise of patient healthcare information.

 

Under HIPAA, there are specific obligations that are required and others that are addressable. Required safeguards are mandatory for any organization that stores, processes, or transmits electronically protected healthcare information. Addressable provisions are not mandatory, but organizations need to either implement these or provide evidence that shows that these are not relevant to their specific circumstances.

 

The HIPAA Privacy Rule deals with protected health information (PHI) in general.  The HIPAA Security Rule provides compliance regulations for electronic PHI (ePHI). Under this section of the Act, there are various administrative, physical, and technical safeguards that offer the appropriate measures healthcare organizations need to implement to ensure patient privacy and the security of their ePHI.

 

Administrative safeguards include actions such as undertaking risk analysis and performing an information system activity review. It also recommends that organizations conduct regular cybersecurity awareness training and create an incident response plan.

 

Physical safeguards include measures such as deploying facility access controls and implementing the necessary steps to securely and safely dispose of media that contain ePHI.

Finally, the technical safeguards specified under HIPAA’s security rule include legislative obligations that healthcare organizations need to implement such as ensuring unique user identification, creating an emergency access procedure, and installing technologies that provide data integrity and transmission security.

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Six Common HIPAA Violations and how you can prevent them

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HIPAA compliance is an ongoing process.  Do you have security and privacy policies and procedures for your organization?  Do you review your policies and procedures periodically? Is your HIPAA training planned for new employees and to update everyone as necessary?  Do you know where the gaps are in your data security and do you have a plan to address these gaps?  Do your vendors and their staff follow a culture of privacy?

 

Our Managing director, Rema Deo has created a list of the top 6 HIPAA Violations 24By7Security staff have found, based on over 500 security risk assessments conducted by our security analysts for healthcare organizations ranging from one doctor practices to multi-location hospitals.  This list of HIPAA violations comes complete with appropriate risk mitigation recommendations that can help you in your organization. 

  

1. Lack of Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) with your vendors

Often healthcare organizations, especially the smaller to medium sized medical practices, fail to enter into Business Associate Agreements with their vendors or business associates. These vendors could range from a small IT vendor to large Electronic Health Record System (EHR).  Sometimes, smaller practices use free insecure email and even use insecure email to share or communicate PHI. This puts them at unnecessary risk.  Healthcare providers should also note that business associate agreements should be dated after the Omnibus Final Rule came into effect, i.e. after January 2013.   

How can you mitigate this risk when it comes to Business Associate Agreements?

  1. Prevent this risk by getting HIPAA-compliant Business Associate Agreements signed with all your vendors or business associates who have access to PHI.
  2. Be sure to always use secure means of transmission of PHI, and enter into a Business Associate Agreement with the vendors who are providing this secure transmission.  For example, secure email providers, external cloud storage solutions, EHR systems, and such providers usually have HIPAA-compliant service options where they provide business associate agreements.

 

2. Loss or theft of portable devices

Many covered entities take insufficient steps to safeguard PHI especially on thumb drives and other portable devices. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is clear that loss of PHI is not considered a breach if it is properly encrypted.

Mitigate your risk in case devices are lost or stolen

  1. Covered entities must ensure that their portable devices, thumb drives, laptops, computers and servers are all encrypted.
  2. Drives, storage devices and other portable devices storing PHI must be kept locked when not in use.
  3. Develop, implement and maintain an appropriate data backup policy.  Ensure that backups are encrypted as well.

 

3. Failure to complete an enterprise-wide Risk Analysis

OCR has also often found that failure to complete an enterprise-wide risk analysis is a HIPAA violation, and they have levied significant penalties and fines on entities who could not show evidence of having completed an enterprise-wide risk analysis.  The case of the large fine imposed on Anthem recently is an example of this.  We mentioned this breach and the monumental price tag that came with it in our October Newsletter.

Mitigate your risk of fines in the event of an audit

  1. All areas of the enterprise should be covered with periodic, thorough enterprise-wide security risk analysis.
  2. The risk assessment or analysis should be repeated periodically and after any major changes. We recommend doing this annually as a best practice.
  3. Review your findings from the Risk Analysis and prepare an action plan with remediation plans and target dates.

 

4. Insufficient physical safeguards or keeping PHI unlocked or easily accessible

Paper files are often kept unlocked. This practice carries a risk of penalties if your data is breached.

Mitigate your risk of unauthorized PHI access

  1. We recommend keeping paper files with PHI locked 
  2. IT closets/ network/ security/ server equipment should also be kept locked to prevent unauthorized access.

 

5. Lack of HIPAA security and privacy policies and procedures. 

Often covered entities do not maintain and implement satisfactory HIPAA security and privacy policies and procedures.  Or even if they have policies and procedures, not all of them review and update their policies and procedures periodically. 

Mitigate your risk

  1. Take the time to prepare and maintain policies and procedures.
  2. Review these policies and procedures annually or after a major change.
  3. Ensure that employees are trained on your policies and procedures, and follow them.

 

6. Delays in reporting breaches as per the breach notification rule.

Breaches affecting more than 500 patients are required to be reported to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) within 60 days of being discovered.  It’s bad enough to delay reporting to HHS, but covered entities may often not be aware of state-level breach notification requirements.  Some states like Florida can be very strict with breach notification delays. Florida, under the Florida Information Protection Act, has 30-day breach notification requirements and other specific rules depending on the number of records breached. The fines are also drastic, an example being $1000 per day for every day late for the first 30 days and more stringent penalties after that. All 50 states have enacted laws regarding breach notification.

Mitigate your risk of penalties for failing to report breaches in a timely manner

  1. If you suffer a breach, be sure to take legal advice in terms of all the requirements in your industry and location.
  2. Ensure that you are aware and comply with your state or location specific breach reporting requirements in addition to federal HIPAA breach notification rules.
  3. Cyber Insurance can help mitigate some of the expenses of a breach, but take a close look at what is covered and what you need to be doing in order to maintain coverage.

Don't risk making one of these costly mistakes!  Schedule your HIPAA risk assessment, HIPAA training for you and your staff, and prepare and/ or review your Policies and Procedures. 

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HIPAA Data Backup Plan and Disaster Recovery Plan

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The requirements of a HIPAA data backup plan and disaster recovery plans are discussed below.

What are the Requirements of a HIPAA Data Backup Plan?

A HIPAA data backup plan is a component of the administrative safeguards that must be implemented under the HIPAA Security Rule.

 

The data backup plan, which is part of the administrative safeguard requirement to have a contingency plan, consists of establishing and implementing procedures to create and maintain retrievable, exact copies of electronic protected health information (ePHI).

 

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Data that is secured and backed up must be capable of being recovered (i.e., must be recoverable or retrievable).

 

The requirement that data be capable of being recovered comes from a related provision of the contingency plan requirement – the disaster recovery plan requirement.

 

Under a disaster recovery plan, a covered entity or business associate establishes (and implements as needed) procedures to restore any loss of data.

What Should I Consider When Developing a HIPAA Data Backup Plan?

When developing a HIPAA data backup plan, covered entities and business associates should consider the nature of the ePHI that must be backed up, including how many identifiers the ePHI has. 

 

The HIPAA Security Officer should make an inventory of all sources of data, to determine the nature and type of ePHI an organization stores.

 

There are many potential sources of ePHI. These include, among others, patient accounting systems, electronic medical records, health maintenance and case management information, digital recordings of diagnostic images, electronic test results, and any other electronic documents created or used.

Where Should I Store Backup Copies of Data?

There are two types of backup storage organizations should use:

 

Backup #1 (Local Storage Backup): The first kind of backup (Backup #1) you should use is backup through a local, onsite appliance. In this kind of data backup, backup data is stored on a local storage device (appliance), such as a hard disc, CD, or hard drive.

Backup #2 (Offsite Backup): The second kind of backup is offsite backup. Offsite backup consists of either backing up data to the cloud, or storing backup data at an offsite facility. Storing backup data with a HIPAA compliant cloud provider allows an organization to easily retrieve information from the cloud.

 

With cloud storage, backup data can be retrieved at any time. Storing backup data at an offsite facility (a physical location other than your worksite) allows recovery of backup data if backup data stored locally, onsite, is destroyed or damaged because the premises themselves have been damaged to emergencies such as earthquakes and floods. 

What is the Difference Between a HIPAA Data Backup Plan and a Disaster Recovery Plan?

The difference between backups and disaster recovery is a matter of scope. Backing up data refers to backing up actual copies of data.

 

A backup plan does not take disaster response into account. A disaster recovery (DR) plan, in contrast, is a strategy for disaster event response, which response includes deployment of the backups – in other words, putting the backups into action.

What Steps Does the Disaster Planning Process Consist of?

There are four essential steps to complete in the disaster recovery planning process. These are discussed in turn.

 

Step 1: Performing a Business Impact Analysis (BIA)

 

A business impact analysis (BIA) is a thorough assessment and inventorying of an organization’s virtual environment.

 

In this process, the organization must take into account the volume and type of data that is being managed; where the data is being stored; how much in terms of resources and time must be expended to restore access to different types of data; and how critical each type of data is to business operations.

 

The more vital the data is to the business’s ability to function, the higher that data’s priority of restoration, and resource allocation, should be.

 

Step 2: Performing a Risk Assessment

 

Conducting a risk assessment consists of running and evaluating hypothetical external situations that can hurt your business. External situations that can damage your business include natural disasters, such as hurricanes and blizzards.

 

External situations also include man-made events, such as active shooter situations and acts of terror. 

 

When conducting the risk assessment, an organization should consider all potential external incident types, and the likelihood of their occurrence.

 

The organization should also consider the nature and severity of the impact each incident may have on the organization’s ability to continue normal operations.

 

It is necessary to consider all the possible incident types, as well as the impact each may have on the organization’s ability to continue to deliver its normal business services.

 

In preparing the risk assessment, organizations should review all records and sources of information at their disposal to assess the threat posed by each instance. Records and sources of information can include, for example:

  • Employee recollection of prior disruptive events and how they affected business operations;
  • First-responder organizations advice; and
  • Disaster recovery resource libraries from government agencies, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

 

Step 3: Create a Risk Management Strategy

 

Once you have identified data processes and the business impacts of disruptions to them, combined with likelihood of a given disaster taking place, you should develop a risk mitigation strategy. This strategy should provide for specific backup solutions and disaster recovery procedures for critical data.

 

Factors to consider in developing a strategy (among others) include legal factors (laws may restrict where data can be stored); recovery point objectives (RPOs), which measure how much data an organization can afford to lose as the result of a disaster; and recovery time objectives (RTOs), which are metrics that calculate how quickly an organization needs to recover IT services and infrastructure after a disaster to maintain business continuity. 

 

Step 4: Configure and Run Testing Exercises on Your Disaster Recovery Plan

 

Once the risk management strategy is in place, you must engage in testing scenarios to ensure that strategy is properly configured. Testing exercises can differ in complexity.

 

The goal of any testing exercise is to ensure that data has been backed up in accordance with your recovery point objectives, and to ensure that the strategy actually works.

 

Once testing has confirmed that the risk management strategy is sound, the strategy is “ready to use.” Bear in mind, however, that testing should not be conducted only before strategy rollout.

 

Testing should be performed continuously – especially after an incident occurs. This way, you can refine and make changes to the strategy you deploy.

 

Data backup plans and disaster recovery plans are required under the HIPAA Security Rule. Implementing robust backup and disaster recovery plans can help keep your business running smoothly and securely. 

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3 Things Everyone Should Know About The HITECH ACT

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed into law on February 17th, 2009. Included in this bill is a section titled the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, or HITECH for short.

 

This law allocates $18 billion as incentives through Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement systems, providing grants and revolving loan funds to hospitals and physicians considered meaningful users of electronic health records.

 

These grants and loan funds may be used to purchase EHRs and new healthcare technology. If you’re a small to medium sized healthcare practice in need of a consultation regarding HITECH Act compliance, then look no further.

 

EHR has a compliance department that will assist you with matters such as this. Listed are three things both eligible and ineligible providers should be aware of when demonstrating meaningful use of EHR systems, thereby improving health care throughout the country.

 

THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ISSUES “FINAL RULES”

 

The Department of Health and Human Services issued three final rules for the implementation of the requirements of the HITECH Act. The new rules stipulate that those who qualify for the incentive program can receive as much as $44,000 in grants and other incentives over a five-year term through Medicare.

 

Furthermore, up to $63,750 over 6 years through Medicaid. Hospitals can earn millions of dollars in grants and revolving loans for implementing and becoming meaningful users of certified electronic health records. The third rule establishes objectives for what is considered ‘meaningful use,’ also providing metrics eligible applicants must meet in order to reap all of the benefits of the EHR incentive program.

 

EHR TECHNOLOGY STIPULATIONS

 

In order to be compliant with the HITECH Act, another stipulation addressed in The Department of Health and Human Services final rules was the Temporary Certification Program for Health Information Technology.

 

This certification program establishes a process for businesses and professionals to test and certify for using EHR technology. If you want to take advantage of all the benefits this program has to offer, then you must certify first.

 

MEDICAID AND MEDICARE INCENTIVE PAYMENTS ESTIMATED TO RISE

 

Experts estimate that over the next ten years, the Federal government will spend over $26 billion in grants to medical professionals and hospitals implementing the standards set forth in the HITECH Act.

 

 

If you are a small to midsize healthcare practice looking to save money and benefit from the outstanding economic benefits the HITECH Act’s financial EHR implementation incentives provide, contact EHR1 today for a certified EHR and expert consulting.

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Electronic Health Information Exchange and HIPAA

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Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, the use or disclosure of protected health information (PHI) is permitted for treatment purposes. Electronic health information exchange – a method of data transmission allowing healthcare professionals and patients to access and secure PHI electronically – facilitates quality treatment, without running afoul of the HIPAA Privacy Rule or the HIPAA Security Rule.

What is Electronic Health Information Exchange?

Electronic health information exchange (HIE) is a method of secure electronic data transfer. The data that is transferred is ePHI, or electronic protected health information. ePHI of patients may, consistently with the HIPAA Security Rule and the HIPAA Privacy Rule, be shared among covered entities.

 

Electronic health information exchange (HIE) allows medical professionals and staff to securely share patients’ vital information electronically. This secure sharing improves the speed, quality, safety, and cost of patient care. 

 

Electronic health information exchange can:

  • Improve the completeness of patient records. Past history, current medications, and other information can be shared between patients and providers; between covered entities; and between covered entities and medical staff.
  • Better-informed decision making at the point of care, thereby allowing providers to:
    • Avoid readmissions, thereby saving costs.
    • Avoid prescribing errors, thereby improving the quality of care.
    • Improve the accuracy of diagnoses.
    • Decrease duplicate testing, thereby saving costs and reducing expenses.

 

Perhaps the chief benefit of electronic health information exchange is that it allows for standardization of data. Standardization allows the data that is transferred to seamlessly integrate into a recipient’s Electronic Health Record (EHR), further improving patient care.

 

For example:

  • If laboratory results are received electronically and incorporated into a provider’s EHR, a list of patients with diabetes can be generated. The provider can then determine which of these patients have uncontrolled blood sugar and schedule necessary follow-up appointments.

 

There are currently three key forms of health information exchange:

 

  • Directed Exchange: ability to send and receive secure information electronically between care providers to support coordinated care
  • Query-based Exchange: ability for providers to find and/or request information on a patient from other providers, often used for unplanned care
  • Consumer Mediated Exchange: ability for patients to aggregate and control the use of their health information among providers

 

The foundation of standards, policies and technology required to initiate all three forms of health information exchange are complete, tested, and available today. 

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HIPAA Compliance and AI Solutions

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With the growing use of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions in the healthcare industry, executives must ensure that the technology that their organization is using is HIPAA compliant.

 

HIPAA compliance is a complex issue that is constantly evolving to incorporate advancements in technology. 

 

Part of the issue with securing data is the amount of data that is collected from users on a daily basis.

 

The healthcare industry is adopting new technologies while forgetting about the security measures that need to be in place.

 

When implementing new technology healthcare organizations must consider HIPAA compliance. 

How to Implement AI in Accordance with HIPAA Compliance

  • Access to stored data: HIPAA law requires access management to safeguard protected health information(PHI). Access should only be granted to those that need it as part of their job function. 
  • Data encryption: when your data is processed it passes through a server. Sending data outside an organization means that it passes through a third-party server. Although data sent within your organization does not need to be encrypted it is recommended to do so. Data sent externally, however, must be encrypted.
  • Deidentifying data: when conducting research, HIPAA law does not require patient permission if the data is adequately de-identified. This means that the data used cannot be tied to an individual in any way. If it is even slightly possible that the data can be tied to a specific individual than it is not in accordance with HIPAA regulations. 
  • Updated policies and procedures: as stated previously, HIPAA law is constantly changing. When implementing new technology an organization must look to its internal policies to ensure that its procedures are HIPAA compliant. 
  • Business associate agreement (BAA): a business associate agreement must be in place before any PHI can be transmitted. Since AI solutions have contact with PHI, an organization must have a signed BAA with the technology company before they can use any new technologies.
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Achieving HIPAA Compliance: Guide to Properly Disposing of PHI Hardware

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What is HIPAA Compliance?

HIPAA, or The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, sets the standard for PHI protection.

 

Any company or organization that handles PHI must have security measures in place and adhere to them. There are two main categories of organizations covered by HIPAA:  ·

         

Covered Entities (CEs): This includes anyone that provides treatment, payment, or operations (commonly known as TPO) within a healthcare setting.

 

Business Associates: This includes anyone outside of the covered entity who may have access to patient information or provides any kind of support in treatment, payment, or operations of the organization.

Devices That May Contain PHI

It’s important to understand what types of hardware you may have in your office that could contain PHI; these include but are not limited to:

  • Laptops
  • Desktops
  • Smartphones
  • Printers
  • Copiers
  • USB Drives
  • Servers
  • Tablets
  • Fax Machines
  • X-Ray Machines
  • Pacemakers
  • Defibrillators
  • CT and MRI Scan Machines

Essentially, almost any connected device within a healthcare organization is vulnerable and may contain PHI that needs to be protected and disposed of properly when the time comes.

 

Under HIPAA law, your organization is required to document its disposal policy in your Security Policies and Procedures. Your organization should maintain an inventory of all your equipment, whether each device can store or access PHI, serial number and other relevant information. 

How to Securely Dispose of Hardware With PHI

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends the following three techniques for properly removing any sensitive information from workplace hardware. Before you can get rid of the physical device, you must delete any and all PHI related information from the device.

The procedures for securely disposing of PHI include:

 

1. Clearing 

Clearing, also referred to as overwriting, is the process of replacing PHI on a device with non-sensitive data. This method should be performed, at a minimum, of seven times so that the PHI is completely irretrievable.

 

2. Purging 

You can purge your organization’s hardware through a method called degaussing. This refers to the process of clearing a device through the use of magnets.

 

Hard drives rely on magnetic fields to store information; therefore, you can disrupt the equipment’s function and render its data unreadable by using a strong magnetic field.  

 

3. Physical Destruction 

Physical destruction is the only surefire way to prevent a leak of PHI data. Destruction of PHI hardware requires pulverizing, burning/melting, disintegrating or shredding.

 

This method, however, is not always viable. If you have equipment that you would like to clear and re-use, or if your equipment is rented, destroying it may not be feasible.

Conventional Methods of “Wiping” Your Hard Drive Won’t Cut It 

If your organization is selling or discarding any hardware, you may be tempted to simply erase the hard drive components. Deleting files will not permanently delete PHI. Although the information will no longer be visible to you, it is still there and can be retrieved.

 

You need secure data destruction that permanently eliminates PHI data from every piece of hardware so that your patients’ information is not put in jeopardy.

 

There are companies who specialize in the proper disposal of PHI hardware. These companies should offer a HIPAA Certificate of Destruction as validation that the equipment was disposed of properly, and within HIPAA guidelines.

Training Employees on PHI Disposal

HIPAA law regarding disposal of protected health information dictates that you train your employees on how to properly dispose of PHI.

 

According to HIPAA law, any workforce member who is involved in disposing of PHI or who supervises others who dispose of PHI, must receive proper PHI training.

 

PHI should be maintained in a secure area, such as a locked depository bin, and disposed of through a qualified vendor. 

Requirements for Keeping PHI Hardware

HIPAA requires businesses to store PHI for six years, sometimes seven years, depending on the state in which you operate.

 

It is important to keep this in mind when you are preparing to dispose of hardware that may have PHI on it that still needs to be retained. Make sure you have a backup plan in place for PHI before disposing of hardware.

 

Your business reputation depends on your ability to serve your clients or patients. This includes making sure that the personal information they trusted you with is never compromised by improper or careless disposal of hardware. 

 

 

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How to be HIPAA compliant on social media

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Social media can be a minefield for any business to navigate. When it comes to the combination of patient privacy and social media, healthcare organizations and other HIPAA-covered entities need to tread carefully. 

 

As a HIPAA-covered entity, you should use social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to name three examples) for the same reason other companies do:

  • Share information about products and services to educate existing clients
  • Attract new customers
  • Branding and advertising
  • Creating connections by sharing tips and insights about health news

 

At the same time, your employees may also be active on social media,  sharing tweets or Facebook status updates about their workday like the tens of millions of other social media users. 

They just need to follow HIPAA rules about sharing patient information.

Be careful when sharing Protected Health Information (PHI)

Even though HIPAA was written and enacted before social media became popular and a source of education and entertainment, the rules extend to these sites as well. Fortunately, with education and training, staying within the boundaries of HIPAA to protect clients’ PHI while taking advantage of the benefits social media offers, is achievable.  

 

The HIPAA Privacy Rule says you cannot share PHI except for Treatment, Payment or Operations (TPO) without the written consent of the patient. Many doctors will share photos of various procedures to educate clients. They may post messages about patients. Unless you have explicit permission, do not share any information about a patient. 

How Healthcare Providers Can (and Should) Use Social Media

There are many ways in which social media can benefit both providers and patients. There’s no reason for healthcare providers to refrain from using social media to educate, inform, and keep in touch with patients or to attract new business. The following are a few examples of things you can share on social media as a covered entity:

  • Events that a patient might be interested in
  • Research updates, findings, and even analysis of what it means in your area of expertise
  • Staff introductions and profiles, videos, and/or bios
  • Promotions regarding your services
  • Health tips and advice
  • Advertisements for your services (pay-per-click ads on Google, Facebook ads, etc.) that don’t violate patient confidentiality and privacy

All of these things can be shared to provide better patient service without conflicting with HIPAA guidelines.

Social Media Rules for Employees on Both Professional and Personal Platforms

For employees of a covered entity, social media rules related to patient interactions need to extend to their personal use of social media as well. In a nutshell, any information about a patient is protected, from nicknames to numbers (phone, social security, age, etc.) to treatment information to biographical details (marital status, siblings, etc.). 

 

You cannot share any text about specific patients. However, images and video that could result in a patient being identified should also be avoided. For instance, if you take a photo of your dental office to use on your website you need to be sure there are no patients in the photo. Or, if there are, ensure that you have their written permission to use the photo. 

 

Employee interactions with patients on social media can be problematic. Employees of covered entities must be careful in their work-related posting. Here are three actions all employees should take on social media:

  • Employees who have identified themselves as an employee of a covered entity need to state that any views expressed are their own and do not represent their employer
  • If a patient posts a picture with a “tag” that makes a picture appear in your timeline, remove that tag
  • Respond to comments, for example on a business’ Facebook page, but do not mention or allude to any treatment given

These four actions are things your employees should never do:

  • Talk about your workday as it relates to your job or activities interacting with patients
  • Post photos or videos of patients, even if the patient cannot be identified in the photo
  • Gossip about a patient, even if a name isn’t given
  • Post to a patient’s social media account

Texting Protected Health Information

Texting apps aren’t often considered as part of social media. In short, a texting app “could” be HIPAA-compliant if it has a number of features such as encryption and a record of the conversation. 

 

In general, while using secure phone texting solutions to confirm upcoming appointments and to send reminders is fine; using text or text apps like Facebook Messenger or SnapChat, is discouraged as they lack features that would render them HIPAA compliant.

 

Here are three tips for staying HIPAA-compliant on social media.

Develop a Social Media Policy

Every covered entity should have the policy to guide employees on the do’s and don’ts of social media relevant to patients and PHI, including those mentioned earlier in this post. 

 

Your social media policy and guidelines should include a definition of social media, which should aim to include future social media platforms yet to be released. 

 

Whatis.com defines social media as follows:

Social media is the collective of online communications channels dedicated to community-based input, interaction, content-sharing and collaboration. Websites and applications dedicated to forums, microblogging, social networking, social bookmarking, social curation, and wikis are among the different types of social media.

A best practice is to revisit this policy yearly and revise it as needed.

Train Employees

After developing a social media policy, you must train employees to follow it. Ongoing employee training is crucial to reinforce the importance of following HIPAA privacy guidelines. All employees should receive social media training before they begin their job or as quickly as possible afterward to minimize the chance of a HIPAA privacy violation. 

 

Social media violations on social media happen. Recently, a dental practice revealed PHI when responding to a patient’s Yelp review. The penalty was $10,000. You can read about the PHI disclosure here. 

Use Social Media Wisely

Healthcare providers and other covered entities can use social media for the same reasons as other businesses -- educating and attracting existing and new clients for their services. 

As long as they follow the HIPAA privacy rule in their social media communications, covered entities can have a robust social media presence that does not violate HIPAA guidelines.

 

 

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The Intersection Of HIPAA & The Hitech Act

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Since it passed in 2009, the HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act was meant to enforce certain rules within the HIPAA Omnibus Rule. It’s important that those in healthcare IT understand the relationship between the two.

 

THE IMPACT OF THE HITECH ACT

 

The HITECH Act’s stated aim was to improve the on-boarding and meaningful use of HIT. In doing so, the HITECH Act also affected the standards of Health and Human Services (HHS) used to evaluate hospitals and expanded the scope of jurisdiction.

 

It also bolstered the HHS OCR’s (Office for Civil Rights) tools of enforcement. Georgina Verdugo, director of the OCR, said that added vigilance would help convince consumers of the privacy and security of their health information and protected personal information (PPI).

 

WHERE HIPAA AND HITECH MEET

 

By broadening the scope of HIPAA, the HITECH Act increased the number of participating stakeholders or business associates. Previously, HIPAA described a business associate as a person performing functions or activities for or on the behalf of a covered entity.

 

HITECH changed HIPAA’s definition of business associates to include:

*Health Information Organizations (HIO)
*Patient Safety Organizations (PSO)
*Gateways, portals, and e-prescribers
*Certain people providing PPI on behalf of another covered entity
*People involved in data transmission including subcontractors and delegates

 

HITECH also created new categories of HIPAA penalties. This was meant to distinguish violations based on nature, extent, and the harm caused to patients. Currently, there are three categories which correspond with three civil penalties outlined in the HITECH Interim Final Rule.

 

HIPAA-HITECH FURTHER CONNECTED

 

There are, of course, other areas where HIPAA and HITECH overlap. They are both sweeping and exhaustive legislation that often cover similar areas, especially where electronic medical records, are concerned.

 

This includes meaningful use and PHI. HITECH incentivizes the meaningful use of electronic medical records in order to improve health care and outcomes.

 

Other areas covered in both HIPAA and HITECH are breach reporting requirements, patient access to PHI, and facilitation of medical research.

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What is a HIPAA-Covered Entity?

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The term “HIPAA Covered Entity” was not actually in the original Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act when it was originally enacted in August 1996.

 

The term first appeared in the HHR´s proposed HIPAA Privacy Rule when the Rule was released for public comments in November 1999 and subsequently published after amendments had been made in December 2000.

 

The HIPAA Privacy Rule evolved from the “Administrative Simplification Rule” of the original legislation. This Rule required the Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services to develop a set of national standards for the protection of certain health information.

 

These standards defined what health information was to be protected and who was responsible for protecting it – Covered Entities.

HIPAA Covered Entity Definition

At first glance, the HIPAA Covered Entity definition appears straightforward. The Privacy Rule defines a Covered HIPAA Entity as any health plan or any healthcare clearinghouse, or any healthcare provider who transmits Protected Health Information (or PHI as per the standards developed by the Department of Health & Human Services) in electronic form.

 

However, reading deeper into the HIPAA Covered Entity definition uncovers a few gray areas. For example insurance companies providing workers´ compensation are not regarded as health plans, despite the fact they will be in receipt of personally identifiable information – usually consider to be protected – in the process of settling workers´ compensation claims.

 

A further gray area exists around the definition of a healthcare clearinghouse – which, in most instances only receives PHI when it is providing processing services to a health plan or healthcare provider. This would make a healthcare clearinghouse a Business Associate (see “HIPAA Covered Entity vs Business Associate) rather than a Covered HIPAA Entity under the HIPAA Covered Entity definition.

Is an Employer a HIPAA Covered Entity?

One would think if a healthcare clearinghouse qualifies as a Covered Entity under HIPAA, an employer must do as well. An employer – particularly an employer´s HR department – receives lots of personally identifiable information that is classified as protected; but even when an employer sponsors a self-insured group health plan, the answer to “Is an employer a HIPAA Covered Entity?” is generally “No”.

 

The reason for this is because a self-insured group health plan is considered to be a separate legal entity from the sponsoring employer.

 

Therefore it is the group health plan and not the employer that is the Covered Entity under HIPAA – unless the employer also administers the group health plan and it has more than fifty participants. (This scenario rarely occurs. Large plans are usually administered by a third party who acts as a Business Associate to the group health plan).

 

However, because PHI is shared with an employer in the execution of administrative functions on behalf of the group plan, certain conditions exist about the use and disclosure of the information. Among these conditions is that the information shared with the employer will remain protected (as per the HIPAA Privacy Rule) and not used-for employment-related actions. In effect, employers – although not Covered Entities – are bound by the same rules as a Covered HIPAA Entity in certain circumstances.

HIPAA Covered Entity Examples

In order to provide HIPAA Covered Entity examples, we have used the examples provided by the Department of Health & Human Services. These examples are not exhaustive and are subject to change.

 

Any organization that does not appear among the following HIPAA Covered Entity examples, but believes they may be subject to HIPAA, should read the section at the end of the this article entitled “Is Your Organization a Covered HIPAA Entity?”

HIPAA Covered Entity Examples: Health Plans

HIPAA-covered health plans are mostly plans that insure against the cost of health treatment, dental treatment, vision treatment or prescription drugs.

 

Other HIPAA Covered Entity examples within the health plan category include health maintenance organizations (“HMOs”), long-term healthcare insurers (excluding nursing home fixed-indemnity policies) and – as mentioned above – employer-sponsored group health plans, government and church-sponsored health plans, and multi-employer health plans.

HIPAA Covered Entity Examples: Healthcare Clearinghouses

In medical billing, healthcare clearinghouses receive claims information from healthcare providers, check the claims for errors, and verify the format of each claim is compatible with the payer´s software. Healthcare clearinghouses, repricing companies, and community health management information systems are classified as HIPAA Covered Entity examples as their sole roles are PHI-related – an important point to note before discussing “HIPAA Covered Entity vs Business Associate” below.

HIPAA Covered Entity Examples: Healthcare Providers

The HIPAA Covered Entity definition of a healthcare provider has not changed since 1999 despite the healthcare industry evolving substantially.

 

Therefore HIPAA Covered Entity examples of healthcare providers remains “providers who submit HIPAA transactions electronically” – electronic transactions including claims, benefit eligibility inquiries, referral authorization requests, or other transactions for which HHS has established standards under the HIPAA Privacy or Security Rule.

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How to Prepare For A HIPAA Compliance Audit in 2019

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1. Focus on HIPAA training for employees

Staff training is critical for an understanding of HIPAA compliance requirements. Employees who haven’t been trained or don’t have experience with compliance regulations can increase the risk of a failed audit.

 

Document your training to show the OCR (Office of Civil Rights), that you are dedicated to employee instruction. Create and publish policies that make training and education a priority. Make sure your team is thoroughly trained before the audit because OCR will ask questions to ensure everyone understands HIPAA regulations and compliance rules.

2. Create a Risk Management Plan and Conduct a Risk Analysis

A risk management plan and a risk analysis are required.

A HIPAA risk analysis looks for any security risks your company might be exposed to – all risks. The risk management plan is a strategy to address those risks.

 

In conducting the risk assessment, you should also prepare your security documents. Compliance rules state reports should be recorded, written, and kept in an easily accessible location. Rules should be specific to all aspects of your business, and not isolated to one area.

 

For example, all policies regarding the HIPAA privacy and security rule should be documented. Documents that cover incident response, breach notification, IT and firewalls, and physical security should be included. These documents will not only help in the audit process but provide clear direction in the operation of the business.

 

3. Select a Security Assessment and Privacy Officer

HIPAA requires a security and privacy officer for each covered entity and business. This does not have to be a new hire, but you do need someone responsible for the security and privacy of PHI. They are responsible for showing the effort being made to meet regulations.

 

The officer should also review business associate agreements. The OCR will discuss the third-party relationships that involve electronic protected health information. Create a list of vendors and suppliers, and the security and safeguards they have in place through the business associates agreement.

 

This officer should schedule a regular review of security policies and conduct a risk analysis on IT systems and data security. They should also have a record of any breaches or incidents. Don’t try to hide any problems or data breaches during the audit. Be honest. Incidents happen, and the OCR wants to know how you responded to the security breach.

4. Review Policy Implementation

As important as it is to document policies and procedures, it’s also important to see how those policies are being implemented. The OCR will review how those policies and procedures apply to the daily business operation, and if they are implemented consistently.

Talk to your team to see how the policies are working.

 

If employees are struggling to follow policy, then take the time to analyze the problems and make adjustments as needed. Create an implementation schedule to include in the audit. The OCR wants to see the policies in action. If you are still implementing the plans, then show them the schedule, so that they know progress is being made.

5. Conduct an Internal Audit

An internal audit program is the best way to identify problems in your system before the OCR audit. Regularly conducting internal audits will not only help you solve problems before they turn into a fine, but also keep your team sharp and take pressure off during the actual review.

 

It’s often a good idea to work with an organization that specializes in compliance or data security to help conduct the internal audit. They can review your security and compliance standards and take a close look at your risk analysis and risk management plan. With an outside perspective, they may be able to identify problems that didn’t show up in your internal risk assessment. Partnering with an IT and data security provider will help ensure a complete and thorough internal audit.

 

As a best practice, review your policies and procedures as the auditor might. Consider if the policies are meeting the intent of the regulation and improving patient privacy and security. By critically analyzing these methods, you can find areas of improvement in both business operations and HIPAA compliance.

6. Create an Internal Remediation Plan

Once you’ve gone through the above steps and conducted an internal audit in preparation for your HIPAA audit, you should create a remediation plan to reduce risks and correct findings. Attach a schedule with timelines to the remediation plan and be prepared to discuss the plan with OCR during the audit.

 

While HIPAA sets guidelines and standards for protected health information, it’s also essential to see HIPAA as a continual process. A remediation plan and a schedule help to keep covered entities and businesses on track and compliant, even between audits.

 

Finally, make sure you limit your internal audit concerns to the policies and procedures of your business. While the business associate agreements are an important part of HIPAA, focusing on vendors and suppliers can leave your operations at risk. Your primary concern with the remediation plan and audit should be internal processes.

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HIPAA Regulations for Radiologists 101

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HIPAA regulations are a complex set of rules and regulations that are designed to promote a more patient oriented medical system that enhances patient care. HIPAA regulations that promote the accessibility of medical records to patients and increase the security of electronic patient health information are also included in the HIPAA Omnibus Rule. Radiologists often receive patients through a referral system or send patient files to another medical doctor or facility after x-rays and other scans are interpreted. This constant sharing of sensitive patient information makes learning what are HIPAA regulations and how do they affect radiologists an important task for any radiologist.

 

HIPAA Omnibus Rule

The HIPAA Omnibus Rule has changed the way that patient information is collected, stored, transmitted and created in response to the HITECH Act. The HITECH Act offers organizations incentives for using electronic patient health information while improving the security of that data. When asking what are HIPAA regulations one of the most important things to consider is your organization’s privacy policy. New HIPAA regulations state that organizations and entities must update their privacy policies and business agreements to comply with the current standards.

 

Current HIPAA standards require that all businesses sharing patient information must be HIPAA compliant. For instance, if a radiologist receives referrals or bills insurance companies on behalf of clients, the insurance company and the organization referring clients should both be HIPAA compliant. Current business associate agreements will be allowed until late September of 2014, but after that date all business associates will need to comply with the HIPAA Security Rule to avoid penalties or fines.

 

What is Affected by HIPAA?

Nearly every aspect of creating, sharing and transmitting electronic patient health information has been affected by new HIPAA regulations. In addition to revising and updating your organization’s privacy policies and business agreements, you will also need to look at your internal records storage and the accessibility of patient records. For instance, your internal computer systems must be secure and protected from data loss or third-party access. Data encryption is required anytime that you transmit electronic patient information. If your organization is using a third-party storage system for patient health information, the company providing web-based storage services will also need to be HIPAA compliant.

 

One of the areas that will be most affected for radiologists is how patient information is disclosed. Since radiology is a field where referrals are very common, care must be taken to ensure formal, written consent is provided each time you share patient health information. For example, a radiologist sending the results of an x-ray to a general practitioner will need to have written consent by the patient to do so. In order to understand and comply with current HIPAA regulations, it is best to use a HIPAA compliance checklist and HIPAA compliance software. HIPAA compliance software will walk you through the process of meeting current HIPAA regulations and help you avoid the confusion of updating and revising your current policies and practices on your own.
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Why should you care about HIPAA?

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Why should you care about HIPAA?

Can you afford a $50,000 fine for a HIPAA violation? The healthcare industry is extremely vulnerable to cyber-attacks and data theft. According to the HIPAA enforcement rule, penalties can reach up to $1,500,000 per year per violation depending upon the type of HIPAA violation.

Look at some of the biggest HIPAA penalties enforced by the Office for Civil Rights:

In October 2018, Anthem Insurance pays OCR $16 Million in Record HIPAA Settlement after a series of cyberattacks led to the largest U.S. health data breach in history and exposed the electronically protected health information of almost 79 million people. OCR’s investigation revealed that Anthem failed to conduct an enterprise-wide risk analysis, had insufficient procedures to regularly review information system activity, failed to identify and respond to suspected or known security incidents, and failed to implement adequate minimum access controls to prevent the cyber-attackers from accessing sensitive ePHI, beginning as early as February 18, 2014.

 

A judge ruled in June 2018 that MD Anderson Cancer Center has to pay $4,348,000 in civil money penalties to OCR following an investigation of the theft of 3 unencrypted devices that resulted in a breach of ePHI (electronic Protected Health Information) of over 33,500 individuals.

 

Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) is paying 3.5 million dollars with a corrective action plan after 5 separate data breaches in 2012 because they failed to implement policies and procedures and to implement proper protection of PHI (Protected Health Information).

 

CardioNet has been fined 2.5 million with a corrective action plan after a laptop was stolen from an employee's vehicle. Further investigation revealed insufficient risk analysis and risk management at the company. Their policies and procedures were in draft status and had not been implemented.

 

One surprise inspection can expose a HIPAA violation and change your business forever.  New legislation now allows patients in Connecticut to sue healthcare providers for privacy violations or PHI disclosure as well.  You may say that your job as a healthcare provider is only to treat your patients, that you don't need to worry about Cybersecurity or technology. 

 

Bear in mind though - it is a fact that Cybersecurity issues can impact and have impacted patient care on several occasions! Protect the integrity of your business and your patients' private health information to avoid a HIPAA violation that could cost you money, respect, and patients!

 

You may understand that HIPAA violations can lead to fines, but you may also be wondering: What is a corrective action plan? Often, when the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) imposes a fine for a HIPAA violation, they also enforce a Corrective Action Plan with a strict timeline to correct underlying compliance problems and a goal to prevent breaches from recurring.

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HIPAA Training is not HIPAA Compliance

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We hear from so many doctors’ and dentists’ offices that they are “HIPAA-compliant” because they have completed the required annual HIPAA training for their staff.   FALSE! HIPAA Training is not HIPAA Compliance. HIPAA Training is only one of the components of HIPAA Compliance – thinking otherwise could lead to a false sense of security.

 

HIPAA law consists of various requirements in the areas of security and privacy, use and disclosure of PHI (protected health information) and in breach notification rules.

Minimum steps needed for HIPAA Compliance:

At the very minimum, a doctor’s or dentist’s office must do the following for HIPAA Compliance:

  1. Exercise privacy in the office everywhere.   Be careful about accidental disclosure of patient information.
  2. Display the Notice of Privacy Practices prominently in your office lobby and on your website.
  3. Exercise caution in the use and disclosure of PHI (Protected Health Information).     Patients have the right to review and obtain their PHI.   The onus falls on the medical practice to secure and protect PHI from unauthorized disclosure of any kind.
  4. Conduct the mandatory annual risk assessment, or hire an expert to conduct it for you.   The assessor must take into consideration all the security and privacy-related criteria while conducting the assessment, including all your administrative, physical and technical safeguards.   A detailed list of recommendations and action items should follow as a result of the risk assessment.
  5. Prepare and follow security and privacy policies and procedures.   Your risk assessment should highlight the minimum required policies and procedures that you would need to prepare or obtain.   Physicians and staff members should be familiar with and should follow these policies and procedures on a daily basis.
  6. Provide annual HIPAA Training to your staff and physicians.

Breach notification:

Breaches have unfortunately become only too common these days in an environment where medical records are extremely valuable in the black market.   HIPAA law also specifies strict breach notification requirements in the event of a breach.   The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requires the practice to inform all individuals whose data might have been lost or stolen.  

 

A breach of more than 500 records is considered a reportable breach, that is, the practice must notify HHS.   This could result in an audit of the practice by federal agencies, and the first thing they are going to ask you for is a copy of your last annual risk assessment.

Small practices may be targets of breaches too:

Many small practices think that they are too small to be targeted.   False again!   If you look at the HHS "Wall of Shame" which lists reported breaches of more than 500 patient records, you will see several small practices listed there who have undergone breaches.   The reality is that smaller practices are likely to be even more affected by a breach considering the high expenses and workload that follow.    The Ponemon Institute has calculated the average healthcare data breach cost to be $380 per record - for 500 records, that comes to approximately $190,000, which can be highly damaging for a small healthcare practice.

 

We often hear from dentists that they do not believe they need to comply.   Also False!  In fact, just recently, on January 2018, Steven Yang, DDS of California and Zachary Adkins, DDS of New Mexico had breaches of 3000+ patient records each due to the theft of a laptop and other portable electronic devices respectively.   

 

Robert Smith, DMD of Tennessee reported 1500 records breached after a hack.  Several other providers such as physicians, hospitals, pharmacies, health plans, and business associates have experienced breaches in the recent past.   It can and will happen to anyone regardless of size - please do not think that it won't happen to you!

Culture of Security and Privacy:

HIPAA Training is not HIPAA Compliance.   Practices should take these requirements seriously as they are here to protect patients and medical professionals.   Protect yourself and your patients by incorporating a culture of security and privacy compliance in your medical practice.

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