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Small Provider Issued HIPAA Fine for Vendor’s Non-Compliance

 
If you share patient health data with a third-party vendor, you could be putting your practice at risk of a HIPAA fine!
 
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a HIPAA fine of $31,000 against the Illinois-based Center for Children’s Digestive Health (CCDH). The HIPAA fine was issued for a missing Business Associate Agreement (BAA) between CCDH and FileFax, its file storage vendor.
 

How to be HIPAA Compliant on Social Media

Social media use can pose serious issues to your practice’s HIPAA compliance if patient information is not properly protected.
 
Photos and stories from one’s workday are commonplace on Facebook and Twitter. In most industries, these posts are routine and harmless–no different than vacation photos or memories from years gone by.
 
Listen to our live podcast from The National Council of Behavioral Health’s annual conference NatCon with CEO Marc Haskelson and Behavioral Health Channel Director David Kay. 
 

HIPAA Policies and Procedures for Behavioral Health

HIPAA policies and procedures are an essential part of implementing an effective compliance program in your behavioral health practice.

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.

Listen to our podcast with CEO Marc Haskelson.

March 1st HIPAA Breach Report Deadline to HHS

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).

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HIPAA Enforcement on the Rise

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.

Listen to our Podcast with CEO Marc Haskelson of Compliancy Group.

First 2017 HIPAA Settlement Targets Behavioral Health, Healthcare Network

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.

Complimentary HIPAA educational Webinars: The Compliancy Group and Behavioral Health

HIPAA_SealRGB-1Complimentary HIPAA educational webinar, Lessons and Examples from 2016’s HIPAA Breaches and Fines

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Listen to our podcast with CEO Marc Haskelson.

Meet the Faces of Mental Health News Radio: Melanie Vann, Counseling and Program Director

We start with our Program Director, resident counselor, and Marketing & Advocacy Director, Melanie Vann. 

A trained behavioral health expert who’s innately intrigued by all that people come to endure during their lifetime, Melanie Vann has been working with Mental Health News Radio and everythingEHR since May 2015. Over the past year and change, her role with the MHNR team has evolved considerably, as she moved quickly from small marketing tasks to a more prominent role in show hosting and management.

Whether she’s on-air co-hosting or behind the scenes vetting guests or writing her next blog post, Melanie draws on her years in private practice as a counselor, life coach, and equine therapist to bring to light the hottest topics of behavioral health today. For more on what makes Melanie tick—and what’s to come regarding her role at MHNR—keep reading.

Improving Patient Retention Rates in Behavioral Health

off1In today’s world of convenience, it is simple to search for a product or service you need online, order it, and move on with your life with very little interruption. Often, once a consumer has received their product or service, they never have contact with the vendor again. Their transaction over, there is no need for additional communication.

In the health industry, however, particularly in the field of behavioral health, it is much more important that the patient and doctor build a relationship of trust. Several factors can be involved in a patient’s physical and mental state, and past relationships can be crucial in diagnosing and treating the patient and maintaining the patient’s health.

Medicare Payment Reform: What Behavioral Health Providers Should Know

MACRA (1)The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (otherwise known as MACRA) was signed into law in April 2015. A few months ago, the CMS released its proposed rule for what MACRA entails. What does that mean for behavioral health providers who care for Medicare beneficiaries? Let’s break it down.

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