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Healthcare Breach Numbers Are Shifting, But The Question Is “Why?”

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) Omnibus Rule on breach notification requirements began two years ago, and many in the industry expected to see a jump in the numbers because of the new method of tracking breaches.

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  • MSPs: You Must Be HIPAA Compliant Too

    Any business dealing with medical patients’ personal health information (PHI) must understand and comply with HIPAA  (and thus avoid potentially devastating enforcement actions). Unfortunately, these same businesses often struggle to gain a firm grasp on just how precisely HIPAA requires them to behave in all phases of their operations.

  • Why Your IT Clients Need A HIPAA Risk Assessment

    If your clients deal with healthcare records of any kind for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) purposes, their business is considered either a covered entity or a business associate, and they should be preparing in earnest for Office of Civil Rights (OCR) HIPAA audits in 2015 and 2016.

  • 3 Reasons Home Health Spells Opportunity For VARs

    These are challenging times for home healthcare providers. Reimbursement is declining as the healthcare industry shifts from a volume-based, fee-for-service approach to a value-based, accountable care model.  This transformation accelerates pressure on home health providers to operate more efficiently, deliver better patient outcomes and market themselves to hospitals as trusted partners. At the same time, providers have to comply with a constantly growing number of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) mandates.

  • How To Make Money From Compliance Audits

    VARs and managed services providers (MSPs) who choose to sell compliance audits have one great advantage:  Compliance, by definition, is mandatory. That in itself gives companies an incentive to purchase, and creates opportunities for resellers and MSPs to build their businesses. Resellers need to decide which market to pursue, and need to inform businesses exactly what they have to lose if they are found non-compliant by the bodies that govern these mandates.

  • When Employees Put Data At Risk: Medical IT Client Horror Tales That Will Convince You To Encrypt (Part 2)

    Previously, we chilled you with a haunting tale of a medical practice that would not listen to warnings to encrypt, even after an ex-contractor stole a computer holding unprotected private medical information. It caused our IT and security services company to end that relationship rather than risk being arty to a damaging HIPAA violation.

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