Omnibus HIPAA

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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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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