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A HIPAA Risk Assessment is Mandatory: How to Avoid Audit Troubles

As a professional in the healthcare field, you obviously are very familiar with HIPAA, that ever-present reminder that data security is an issue that is always running in the background behind every activity that takes place in a medical professional’s workplace––as well as almost every supporting business that works with them. Everyone who works with …

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New Jersey Healthcare provider Hackensack Meridian hospital paid ransom to hackers to stop a cyberattack

The targeted ransomware event at Hackensack Meridian Health brought the computer network systems down last week, resulting in interruptions across its IT network, including Carrier Clinic in Montgomery and three sub-acute facilities. The Edison-based healthcare company said it had insurance to help cover the costs associated with cyberattacks, including payment, remediation and recovery efforts. The …

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5 reasons why your Healthcare Practice Needs PROFESSIONAL IT Services and not a break-fix guy.

Information technology in the field of modern healthcare plays an increasingly important role, in addition to contributing to the advanced quality and effectiveness of oral health care for patients. There are many forms of IT used in the medical industry, including the following: 1. Practice Management Software In healthcare, practice management software handles the business …

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Violating HIPAA regulations is a Crime that Can Lead to Serious Penalties

Attorney generals and district attorneys around the country, are increasingly taking HIPAA violations seriously. Criminal charges for violating HIPAA are serious. You should know that the federal government can bring criminal charges against companies and company employees under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Attorney generals and district attorneys around the country, are …

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Not understanding HIPAA requirements can cost your practice millions

In April of 2017, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced a HIPAA settlement based on the impermissible disclosure of unsecured ePHI. CardioNet, a Pennsylvania based wireless health services provider, has agreed to settle potential non-compliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules by paying $2.5 million and implementing a corrective action …

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In wake of recent ransomware attacks, importance of HIPAA compliance is vital to providers and business associates

In the wake of two recent global ransomware attacks, Airway Oxygen Inc., a privately held Michigan-based medical equipment provider reported that the mid-April ransomware attack had more than 500,000 patient records compromised. In what is believed to be one of the most severe ransomware attacks on healthcare information in 2017, over half-a-million patient records including …

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HIPAA Breaches and Penalties Proliferate in New Jersey

As a provider of IT managed services to medical practices and other small and medium businesses predominantly in New Jersey, we continue to see numerous examples HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) violations that are risking medical practice profitability and viability. We encounter many practices that are not aware the financial and operational risks …

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$750,000 HIPAA settlement emphasizes the importance of risk analysis

In September of 2015 Cancer Care Group, P.C, a radiation oncology private physician practice, with 13 radiation oncologists serving hospitals and clinics throughout Indiana, agreed to pay a $750,000 penalty corresponding to a breach in 2012. In conjunction to the monetary fine, Cancer Care Group, P.C has agreed to adopt an action plan to correct …

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