HIPAA Privacy and Security standards must be addressed by a series of policies and procedures that work throughout your entire practice, according to federal regulation. These policies and procedures form the basis of an effective compliance program–all activities involving the use, storage, and distribution of protected health information (PHI) are governed by these regulatory standards.
The March 1st HIPAA Breach Report Deadline is fast approaching. The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule requires health care providers to report breaches of unsecured protected health information (PHI) within 60 days from the end of the calendar year to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
Presence Health is one of Illinois’ major healthcare networks. Presence operates physicians’ offices and health care centers and offers home care, hospice care, and behavioral health services, as well.
Historically, medical specialists working in behavioral health services have been largely spared from large-scale HIPAA enforcement fines. But this fine suggests a growing trend in HIPAA enforcement–settlements are quickly moving away from traditional enforcement, into more niche health care sectors.
Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced its first HIPAA settlement of 2017 with Presence Health for $475,000.This is the first fine in the history of HIPAA enforcement levied for a failure to notify over 800 patients of a breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI) in accordance with the standards of the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule. PHI includes any health data containing identifiable information like dates of birth, names, addresses, etc.
Zoi Andalcio and Lisa Copolla, part of the counseling team discuss with our host, Kristin Sunanta Walker, the impact that working with and for Ellenhorn.com’s mental health community has made in their lives. Prakash Ellenhorn has changed it’s name to “Ellenhorn”. This change has absolutely no impact on the level of care that we provide or how we work with our clients – it is simply just a change in the name itself.
Earlier this year, Dr. Ross Ellenhorn purchased the company from his business partner, Dr. Madhavi Prakash, on very good terms. Since then, our team has been spending time thinking about a new name, and decided on Ellenhorn. Prakash Ellenhorn is widely recognized and held in high regard within the mental health community and with many business partners – and we did not want to lose the name recognition entirely.
With the launch of our new name comes a significant branding transformation. We have a fresh new look that emphasizes our philosophy at Ellenhorn: rebuilding purposeful lives through compassionate care. Having spent years in Arlington, getting to know the specific historical culture of our town, we have also decided to revisit our residence’s old roots and re-name it “The Brackett House,” as this better represents the house itself. Please visit our brand new website – www.ellenhorn.
Our need to forgive our abusers can be guilt-driven based on our moral, ethical or religious beliefs and convictions. We also while dealing with forgiveness have to deal with other daunting and unique challenges faced while grieving our losses.
Radio host, Kristin Walker and author Evelyn Ryan discuss the purpose of forgiveness in healing from narcissistic abuse and some of the challenges that abuse survivors deal with regarding forgiveness that can hinder their healing. Read complete blog article here.
4 Questions With ZenCharts’ Dan Callahan
Before becoming cofounder of the behavioral health EHR company ZenCharts (chief sponsor of Mental Health News Radio), Dan Callahan enjoyed a long career in human services. After earning a master’s in social work degree from Fordham University in New York City, he worked as a social worker and a certified addictions professional, in therapeutic, administrative, even executive capacities. His 30-year career also includes authoring two workbooks and coauthoring a training curriculum for the New York State Office of Mental Health.
What made him make the jump from human services to software? Mental Health News Radio host Kristin Walker recently caught up with Callahan to find out. For the story on what led Callahan to the EHR market, as well as how his personality aids him in helping effect positive changes in the behavioral health market, keep reading and listening.