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HIPAA Compliance Policies and Procedures

We have been talking HIPAA Readiness for a little over a month now and I hope that it is helping you to realize you can’t afford to ignore HIPAA Compliance, or put your program on a shelf.  Our final topic before we sum it all up is another HIPAA basic, policies and procedures. Mind your Ps and Qs, or in this case, your P and Ps. In the old days, many people had formal living rooms or parlors that were

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Notice of Privacy Practices

We have taken a long journey in this HIPAA Readiness series, so let’s not forget the basics. Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One: Notice of Privacy Practices Communication is the key to success. Or so read a poster on the wall in my high school English class. Communication is also the key to HIPAA compliance. You need to give every patient a Notice of Privacy the first time you provide any health service. The Notice of Privacy Practices must

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HITECH Requirements for Business Associate Agreements

Wow! We are covering a lot of topics in this HIPAA Readiness Series! If you haven’t had a chance and want to, visit the Blog archives to catch up on the topics we have gone over so far. This next topic is an important one. Let’s Share! (Business Associate Agreements) We’ve all been taught that sharing is good. In 21st century healthcare, sharing data is essential. But, it’s also a bit worrisome. Criminals can do a lot of harm with

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Save Your Electronic PHI

The Show Must Go On! When I started this blog series on HIPAA Readiness, I had no idea that real life was going to play such a big role in my posts! After telling you why HIPAA Readiness is such a big deal right now, how to handle possible breaches and how you as a pharmacy owner are responsible for your employees actions when it comes to HIPAA, a major pipe burst and “rained on our parade.” We didn’t see

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A Good Disaster Recovery Plan is Essential to Your Pharmacy Business

Have you been keeping up with our HIPAA Readiness Series? We have been exploring why HIPAA is back in the news, what to do if you experience a HIPAA breach, and the fact that you, as a Pharmacy Owner, are responsible for your employees actions if they violate HIPAA. Let’s continue exploring the importance of HIPAA Readiness by using this REAL LIFE situation that happened to my company. #4 Preparing for the Deluge: Risk Analysis/Disaster Recovery Plan It can happen

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Did You Know, You Are Responsible if an Employee Commits a Violation of HIPAA?

Over the past few weeks, we have been exploring HIPAA, which has made its way back into the news. We have talked about how computer viruses and malware can be dangerous to PHI on your network and what to do when you think you have a breach. We are going to continue on our HIPAA Readiness journey by discussing how you as a pharmacy owner are responsible for when your employees commit a violation of HIPAA. #3 Respondeat superior :

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Reporting Breaches, Notifying Patients & Risk Assessment

Last week, I told you that HIPAA is back in the news. Didn’t get a chance to read why? Take a minute to read Part 1 of the HIPAA Readiness series — HIPAA Has Returned. So now that you know why HIPAA is such a hot topic, let’s continue on our HIPAA Readiness journey… #2 What to do when you have a HIPAA breach. Uh-oh! You believe there’s been a breach in your HIPAA security. Keep Calm & Do a

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