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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.

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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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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.

Behavioral Health Compliance: Making It Easy for Providers and Agencies

HIPAA_SealRGB-1HIPAA, HITECH, Omnibus,  PCI regulations – these are words that can strike fear into the heart of any Behavioral Health organization. They don’t need to as we found after speaking with our guest today on Mental Health News Radio. We sat down with Marc Haskelson, the President and CEO of Compliancy Group, to find out how easy compliance can be.

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Why We Become Therapists and How to Remain One: Tips for Overcoming Burnout and Malcontent

freedom-of-soulI remember the day I knew I would have a career in the helping field: It was a day like any other in first grade. As I stood in line with all my classmates, our janitor, Mr. Johnson, walked past. His familiar gimp accompanied him, as it always did, with one leg lagging behind him while the opposite arm swayed oddly.

To my dismay, the entire class snickered and called out insults, which—right or wrong—was the popular response by those around me. However, being the empath I am, I just sank inside. A pit the size of a kickball grew in my stomach and I just had to do something to ease his pain. Not having the tools then that I have now, I didn’t know what else to do. So I waved, smiled. A simple token of kindness that would foretell my future as a therapist. I knew then that I could not tolerate human suffering and that I had a gift within me to help ease it.

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