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Recent breach shows importance of BA agreements

Carefully managing your Business Associates (BA) agreements is important. At PrivaPlan we can’t emphasize that enough. The following story illustrates why. As if going to the dentist doesn’t cause enough anxiety, last week 4300 dental patients learned that their personal records may have been compromised. Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston contacted the patients about…

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OCR releases guidance on Cloud Computing and HIPAA

The OCR released a guidance on October 6 that attempts to clear things up regarding cloud service providers and HIPAA.

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Latest HIPAA settlement shows importance of up-to-date BA agreements

On Sept. 23, 2016, the OCR announced its second HIPAA enforcement action against a business associate to the tune of $400,000. The hospital had previously entered into a settlement of $150,000 for its part in the breach.

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Join Oct. 12 webcast: BAs, HIPAA Risk Management

More and more, HIPAA breaches are caused by the Business Associates of HIPAA covered entities. Learn how to manage these risks in Oct. 12 webcast.

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OCR is stepping up its investigations of smaller breaches

The OCR has begun an initiative to more widely investigate the root causes of smaller breaches affecting fewer than 500 individuals.

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Data breach at Banner Health affects 3.7 million

News of a massive data breach at Banner Health continues to make headlines since first being announced Aug. 3.

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OCR Desk Audits are beginning

This week selected covered entities began receiving notification letters for Phase Two of OCR’s HIPAA audit program which involve desk audits.

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Recent breach shows importance of BA agreements

Carefully managing Business Associates agreements is important. Take a lesson from the breach of 4300 patient files through a vendor of a Boston hospital.

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Plaintext data compromises patient info

A hacker claims to steal nearly 10 million patient records using readily available plaintext data. How can you protect patient info?

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Lack of HIPAA Business Associate Agreement is costly

Putting off a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement puts sensitive health information at risk of being misused or improperly disclosed. That’s certainly not good, and neither is the steep financial penalty you could incur for overlooking this critical step.

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The 5 enemies of healthcare IT security

We know we have an important job to do in healthcare IT, especially in keeping the greedy little hands of cyber attackers out of the personal files of patients and providers. A recently released report from Critical Infrastructure Technology backs this up.