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New CMIA Law Strengthens CA Medical Privacy

The state of California is no different than other states when it comes to existing loopholes in federal laws and regulations. These loopholes continue to allow for breaches of patient health information (PHI). Common ways that patient information has been leaked are from the Explanation of Benefits letters and communications from Health Insurance plans. Each state... Continue reading
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How to Dispose of PHI Data

The HIPAA privacy and security rules require certain steps be taken during the destruction or removal of PHI (protected health information). These portions of the act mandate "reasonable safeguards to limit incidental, and avoid prohibited, uses and disclosures of PHI." What this means is that if HIPAA data is left in a trash can or an old hard drive that is replaced and discarded, HIPAA is violated.
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HIPAA Hosting Price Comparisons

When choosing a HIPAA hosting plan, the difference in price between providers (and different plans offered by the same provider) is often driven by the features offered in that hosting environment. Not every hosting environment is the same. In fact, no two are exactly alike. Aside from the absolute minimum amenities required by HIPAA, every host is obliged to offer a variety of options to fit a variety of implementations.
HIPAA Logs have Strict Retention Requirements
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HIPAA Logs have Strict Retention Requirements

HIPAA compliance necessarily involves comprehensive standards and procedures, vital for protecting Patient Health Information. While Covered Entities and Business Associates are bound by the laws of their particular state with regard to how long medical records must be retained, the regulations concerning HIPAA logs are different. For example, HIPAA requires that you keep track of who accesses protected... Continue reading
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HIPAA Compliant CMS Choices

A CMS (Content Management System) is an easy-to-use and convenient way to build and manage your website and to update content quickly and efficiently. A CMS platform requires very little technical prowess and minimal knowledge (if any) of website coding. Being responsible for protecting patient privacy, extra steps need to be taken to ensure that... Continue reading
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