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HIPAA Cautionary Tales

Knowing what is happening in the world of HIPAA “mistakes” can be beneficial to you as a pharmacy owner. HHS press releases tell the following stories: Mobile devices, full of unencrypted records, are being stolen. A USB drive was taken from the car of an Alaska Department of Health and Social Services employee. Thieves took a laptop from a Concentra Health Services facility in Missouri and from a QCA Health Plan employee’s car in Arkansas. “’Covered entities and business associates…

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HIPAA Compliance: You’ve Got to Be More Careful

Are you taking your pharmacy’s HIPAA Compliance seriously? I’m sure you’ve heard about the million-dollar settlements that Rite Aid and CVS paid for HIPAA violations. Here’s a January 2, 2013 headline you may have missed: HHS announces first HIPAA breach settlement involving less than 500 patients. The Hospice of North Idaho agreed to pay $50,000 for a breach of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI). The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) doesn’t just investigate the big pharmacy players, it…

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