Author Archives: Linda Allard

About Linda Allard

Linda Allard is the president of NEMT.

Sept. 22 is right around the corner — Are you ready?

The Omnibus Rule became effective on March 26, 2013 and there were many changes.  Most of those changes needed to be in effect on Sept. 23, 2013.  However, Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) that were in place prior to Jan. 25, … Continue reading

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Stolen laptops yield big fines (again)

Recently there was a story in the news that revealed two different hospital associations had to pay OCR fines of $1,975,220. The fines were due to two unencrypted laptops being stolen. I’m not sure what else we need to read … Continue reading

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HIPAA help – because paper still exists

At the end of June, the Department of Health and Human Services reported that there was an $800,000 settlement in a medical records dumping case. When I read the article I was totally flabbergasted. Boxes of patients’ records were left … Continue reading

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Is your team really following your security rules?

One of our customers recently had a distribution issue on their local server and we needed to log into their system via VPN so we could help. In order to do so, we had to change our VPN password since … Continue reading

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Boston Medical’s PHI breach – good security makes a difference

Lately if you read health care news, you will see security breaches hitting your news feed on a regular basis. There was recently a breech announced where a transcription company caused Boston Medical issues in patient documentation. I received the … Continue reading

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