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HIPAA COW

August 2, 2018

A nice resource:  Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Collaborative of Wisconsin (HIPAA COW)Established in 2001, HIPAA COW is a non-profit organization open to entities considered to be Covered Entities, Business Associates, and/or Trading Partners under HIPAA, as well as any other organization impacted by HIPAA regulations.Learn more about our upcoming conferences and events HIPAA […]

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HIPAA Hackers and Hype Webinar July 12

June 25, 2018

Overview: HIPAA compliance consists largely of having the right forms and signatures. Learn what PHI, CE, NPP, BA and Exempt mean and why it matters.Understand the critical elements of risk assessment,the six basic steps to compliance and four critical important real world measures dentists should be taking beyond the paperwork that can make an actual […]

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Computer Use Policy

May 1, 2018

PPP (Professional Protector Plan) the dental liability insurance plan offers a sample computer use policy for their liability policy holders. You can see it here: Computer Use Policy Here is a short sample: Misuse of Clinic computers, networks, and Internet access may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. Examples of Misuse […]

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Former Receptionist Who Stole Identities of More Than 650 Dental Patients Sentenced to 2-to-6 Years in Prison

April 26, 2018

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of ANNIE VUONG, 31, to 2-to-6 years in state prison for stealing personal identifying information from more than 650 patients at the dentist’s office where she worked. Three previously convicted co-defendants then used that information to fraudulently purchase more than $700,000 in Apple products. […]

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N.J. medical firm to pay $418K after patient records were exposed online

April 9, 2018

From NJ.com: Virtua Medical Group, a South Jersey firm with dozens of medical and surgical practices, has agreed to pay $417,816 to settle a complaint that it exposed medical records of more than 1,650 patients on the internet Source: N.J. medical firm to pay $418K after patient records were exposed online | NJ.com Another HIPAA fine. […]

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HIPAA Enforcement Highlights

March 15, 2018

From HHS.gov Since the compliance date of the Privacy Rule in April 2003, OCR has received over 173,426 HIPAA complaints and has initiated over 871 compliance reviews. We have resolved ninety-seven percent of these cases (168,780). …To date, OCR has settled or imposed a civil money penalty in 53 cases resulting in a total dollar […]

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Ransomware Defense Every Dental Practice Needs

December 11, 2017

From Dental Product Shopper: …according to this report, healthcare is the single most targeted industry because victims are most likely to pay ransoms. This is a disturbing revelation for a couple of reasons. On one hand, it indicates that healthcare businesses, dental practices included, have outdated or compromised security protections. In addition, and perhaps more egregiously, […]

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Get Stellar Reviews and Not Violate HIPAA

October 31, 2017

From Frontier Marketing: For most business owners, responding to negative reviews left online by irate customers is simply a matter of replying directly to the reviews themselves. For medical practitioners, this process is complicated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Source: Get Stellar Medical Reviews & Not Violate HIPAA – Medical Reputation […]

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A Breakdown of the Second Largest HIPAA Fine to Date – $5.5 Million

August 31, 2017

On February 16, 2017, the Office of Civil Rights announced that it had entered into a settlement agreement with Memorial Healthcare System (“MHS”) to settle potential violations of HIPAA. The settlement agreement included a robust corrective action plan and the second largest fine levied against a covered entity to date: $5.5 million. For those keeping […]

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July 3, 2017
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Hacking is only 8%

April 28, 2017

Mysterious Internet hackers from China or Russia are frightening but account for only a small percentage of reported data breaches. The office of Health and Human Services maintains an online listing of all reported medical dental data breaches in the US.  This web page often referred to as “The Wall of Shame” lists every reported […]

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Dental Technology Seminar Topics

March 28, 2017

Source: Dental Technology Seminar Topics | Emmott On Technology All this and more at Technology on the Rocks

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OCR responds to ADA question about dental labs and HIPAA

March 28, 2017

From OCR through the ADA, Dental labs do NOT need to sign a BAA for HIPAA: Dental laboratories aren’t required to sign business associate agreements before dental practices share protected health information for treatment of an individual, according to the U.S. Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, because a dental laboratory meets the […]

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HIPAA Documentation and Data Safety

March 24, 2017

Compliance IQ Webinar March 29 We will start with some basic technology concepts that will help you understand and use all technology more effectively. We will then show you how to create electronic records that are fast, easy to use, easy to read and will protect you from litigation. Once you have electronic digital records, […]

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Stung by Yelp Reviews, Health Providers Spill Patient Secrets

March 16, 2017

From ProPublica: Burned by negative reviews, some health providers are casting their patients’ privacy aside and sharing intimate details online as they try to rebut criticism. In the course of these arguments — which have spilled out publicly on ratings sites like Yelp — doctors, dentists, chiropractors and massage therapists, among others, have divulged details of […]

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Data Breaches in Dentistry Webinar

March 3, 2017

HIPAA compliance consists largely of having the right forms and signatures. On the other hand, paperwork will not protect you or your patients from the most common kinds of data breaches. Learn important real world measures dentists should be taking that can make an actual difference in patient data security, including the one and only […]

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Office for Civil Rights announces $3.2 million penalty

February 20, 2017

From ADA News: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights said Feb. 1 that it had finalized a $3.2 million civil money penalty against the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas following multiple alleged Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations between 2009-13. Source: Office for Civil Rights announces $3.2 million […]

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Data Safety and HIPAA

February 9, 2017

Webinar: February 15. HIPAA compliance consists largely of having the right forms and signatures. Learn what PHI, CE, NPP, BA and Exempt mean and why it matters. Understand the critical elements of risk assessment, the six basic steps to compliance and four critical important real world measures dentists should be taking beyond the paperwork that […]

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OCR issues warning on third-party apps

June 28, 2016

Washington — The U.S. Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has issued a warning on the risks of using third-party application software by entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Source: OCR issues warning on third-party apps In dentistry we have many third party apps that access patent data.  For […]

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$3.9 million HIPAA settlement

May 12, 2016

A biomedical research institute has agreed to pay a $3.9 million settlement to the federal government after an investigation determined that a stolen laptop contained the electronic protected health information of approximately 13,000 patients Source: Research institute agrees to $3.9 million HIPAA settlement NOTE: the data was not hacked it was exposed when a laptop […]

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