HIPAA

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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Pharmacy Compliance Shouldn’t be a Nightmare

Pharmacy Compliance regulations are all around us. And, just when you’re sure you’ve addressed every requirement and best practice suggestion in your pharmacy operations, some government entity or state pharmacy board changes the rules a little bit. It can be overwhelming, but myself and my Director of Compliance wrote an article for the October 2014 America’s Pharmacist that summarizes the latest changes and the most important issues with pharmacy compliance. NCPA members can click here to visit the archives and…

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HIPAA Training for Employees

If you have been following along with my latest blog posts, you saw that when the OCR performed their Pilot Program for HIPAA audits, one of the areas where providers tend to be the most non-compliant is in the area of employee training. You may be thinking, well that’s easy; I will just have my employees go on-line and complete a training course. Unfortunately, although your employees may learn something, purchasing a “canned” HIPAA training program will not make you…

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Omnibus HIPAA and How it Impacts You – Part 3

We have discussed the facts about the changes to the HIPAA laws and tackled some  of the specific changes and issues that you, as pharmacy owners, need to review within your current HIPAA Compliance Program.  However, you may be still asking yourself, “In all the years I’ve been in business, no one has ever come to review my HIPAA policies or look at my Disaster Recovery Plan, so why should I worry about the Omnibus HIPAA Final Rule?” Here’s why.…

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