HIPAA Access Logs Audits

Recently, we ended up in several discussions about HIPAA access logs and what they really require with our clients. As per usual, any topic that comes up multiple times in my “real job” becomes a discussion for HMWH.  So, today we are talking about HIPAA...

What Does A Data Breach Cost?

We talked about OCR audits recently because they are in the news. The audit protocol is a perfect guide for developing and maintaining your HIPAA compliance programs. In fact, the audits have been a hot topic in the industry this month.  However, the fact that only...

Ep 46: HIPAA Enforcement 2016

So far in 2016, we have seen four HIPAA enforcement cases resolved by OCR.  One involved only the second Civil Money Penalty ever assessed. The three others were resolution agreements.  Add those cases to what was done in 2015 and you have the most active 12 month...

Ep 45: Why Do We Need HIPAA

Many times people ask: Why do we need HIPAA?  Is HIPAA really necessary?  The short answer is yes, we do need HIPAA.  The reason we need HIPAA is that without it there would be no baseline for protecting patient privacy. Your medical records shouldn’t be...

EP 44: HIPAA Social Media Policies

Social media drives a huge amount of communication between businesses and their customers.  While healthcare has a lot more to be concerned with when posting on social media the advantages for doing so can be immense. Your business should have a HIPAA social media...

Ep 43: Ransomware Response Planning

After the attack that shut down Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, it is clear that HIPAA disaster recovery and business continuity plans should include some level of ransomware response planning.   What kinds of issues should you expect and how can you mitigate the...

Ep 42: PHI Locations In Your Organization

Defining PHI locations in your organization is the first step to completing a risk analysis.  It is also the only way to be sure you are protecting the information with proper safeguards.  PHI locations can seem obvious at first thought, but once you begin to consider...

Podcast Ep 40 – Creating HIPAA Training Programs

For our 40th episode it is time we show some Valentine’s Day love to our listeners and share our tips on Creating HIPAA Training Programs.  It’s our training loovvveee episode. All compliance programs require proper training of the workforce.  You can have...