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Everything you need to know about the 2016 HIPAA Phase 1 and 2 Audits

Did you know?  HIPAA Audits are now being conducted in healthcare settings and this may affect your dental office!  Read below to get more details and visit the HHS.gov links—Most of all–get prepared! Office of Civil Rights / The Department of Health & Human Services in 2016 will launch an email campaign to randomly choose healthcare facilities and email […]

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PROTECTIVE PATTY – A HIPAA Cautionary Tale

Patty has been the office manager at Dr. White’s office for the past 20 years.  She runs a taught ship and everyone in the office knows that “what-she-says—Goes!”  Patty is reliable, accurate and committed to the success of the practice. She watches Dr. White’s bottom-line and is mindful to keep accounts receivable at a bare […]

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HIPAA Audits for the Healthcare Practice

Your Reception Desk: #1 Landmine for HIPAA Audit Indiscretions… HIPAA audits for the healthcare practice continues to rise. Patient complaints are the number one reason why you may be targeted and singled out for a HIPAA audit. The employee that most commonly triggers these violations?  Your reception team.  And it’s not because they are not […]

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Healthcare Facility under Cyber Attack and How to Avoid being Held to Ransom

Ransom? In the Healthcare Facility? No way! Yes way— read on and discover what you need to know to avoid this internet—computer software blunder. First let’s talk about a big “win” for patients: The new HIPAA Omnibus Rules aggressively protect patient records. These rules apply to the Healthcare Facility setting. All Healthcare Facilities must comply! […]

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Omnibus – What Does it Mean Anyway?

(Omnibus) Om·ni·bus (ämnəˌbəs/) a noun meaning: a volume containing several novels or other items previously published separately. If you’re not interested in the literal meaning of Omnibus… As of March 2013 there are new HIPAA Laws called the Omnibus Rules or the Final Rule: HIPAA law makes did a complete overhaul of the existing HIPAA laws […]

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HIPAA – Which Employees Must Complete HIPAA Training?

Hipaa, What is actually required? Each employee needs to have a certificate or worksheet proving that they have been trained and are aware of their obligation to protect patient PHI, know the correct protocols when handling this information over the internet and in electronic format or on computers, telephones, etc.  There also needs to be written […]

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HIPAA! Healthcare Facilities Required to Comply!

HIPAA! What is HIPAA? HIPAA stands for “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.” Bill Clinton signed the bill into law on August 21, 1996. It is said to be the most significant act of Federal legislation to affect the health care industry since Medicare and Medicaid were rolled out in 1965. All Healthcare Facilities are required […]

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HIPAA Omnibus Rules! What are they?

There is a common misconception in the dental office workplace.  Most dental offices have implemented HIPAA regulations back in 2003 and feel their efforts are sufficient.  This could not be farther from the truth! In March 2013 Federal Regulations concerning HIPAA Omnibus in the Healthcare Workplace all changed. The new HIPAA Omnibus Rules require employee […]

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