Monthly Archives: November 2015

HIPAA: Required versus addressable — what does that mean?

The HIPAA security rule can be very confusing when you are reading it. The HIPAA security rule implementation has procedures listed as either required or addressable. I think “addressable” versus “required” is extra confusing. We all know what required is, … Continue reading

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Something old, something new

When dealing with PHI, some of the practices we have always considered secure need to be rethought. Gone are the days of wired phones, fax machines and answering machine. When you send a fax or leave a message today, you … Continue reading

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Employees pay 130% more for health care than a decade ago

Well there’s a depressing headline. “Marketwatch” published the story late last week, concluding that in 2015, employees of midsize and large companies paid an average of $4,700 for their health insurance. In 2005, the average was only $2,001. The Aon … Continue reading

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EMRs and the lost narrative

Electronic Medical Record (EMR) adoption since 2008 has been dramatic primarily driven by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (HITECH) and the Affordable Care Act of 2010.  While this list is not all inclusive, perhaps some of the … Continue reading

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Bring your vendor into your BAAs

As a vendor, Business Associate Agreements (BAA) are something that I am very familiar with.  Our business deals with PHI directly in order to provide the services we offer. This means that we need to have a signed BAA with … Continue reading

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