Where Do I Go From Here?

Ep. 74: Know The Rules! Where Do I Go From Here?

Where Do I Go From Here? Until recently Business Associate Agreement Management (BAAM) was relatively easy. Did You Know? Most industry stakeholders view BAAM as a low-priority compliance responsibility that essentially amounts to checking off another HIPAA requirement. Not Anymore … Today, the stakes surrounding Business Associate Agreement (BAA) compliance have become increasingly high. Compliance […]

Business Associate Agreement Management

Ep. 73: Know The Rules! Business Associate Agreement Management

Are You Doing It … In this week’s “Know The Rules!” I discuss the importance of Business Associate Agreement Management … AND What happens when you don’t do it!! Unless you’re new to healthcare, you know Covered Entities (CEs) are required to obtain a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with each Business Associate (BA) before handing […]

What Happens When Your Workforce Snoops

Ep. 72: Know The Rules! What Happens When Your Workforce Snoops

Before I go into what CAN happen when your workforce snoops, it is important for you to know what your workforce is doing. And here’s why you should … the HIPAA Security Rule requires Covered Entities (CEs) and Business Associates (BAs) to implement safeguards to record and examine activity on information systems that contain and.or […]

Am I A Healthcare Business Associate?

Episode 68: Know The Rules! Am I A Healthcare Business Associate?

How Do I Know – Am I A Healthcare Business Associate? These days’ doctors and dentists, known as Covered Entities (CE), outsource their business activities to service providers. Health & Human Services (HHS) defines a “Business Associate” (BA) is a person or entity that performs certain functions or activities that involve the use or disclosure […]

Episode 67: Know The Rules! Security Incident

What if your Business Associates Had A Security Incident? Covered Entities (CEs) believe it’s impossible to determine whether the policies and procedures of their Business Associates (BAs) are adequate to respond effectively to a security incident. To complicate matters, more believe their Business Associates would NOT notify them in the event of a security incident. […]

Ex-Spouse and HIPAA Collide

Episode 65: Know The Rules! Case Study – Ex-Spouse and HIPAA Collide

Did You Know? A box containing 5 years of protected health information (PHI) had been returned to Hanger Clinic in Florida by a former employee’s ex-spouse. This is not the first time a former and HIPAA collide. Hanger Breach Details On September 17, 2018, a box of patient insurance documents from 2009 – 2014 were […]

2018 Business Associate Healthcare Data Breaches

Episode 64: Know The Rules! 2018 Business Associate Healthcare Data Breaches

Business Associate Healthcare Data Breaches In “Episode 63: Know The Rules!”, I reported what I thought were all of the healthcare data breaches reported on the Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Breach Portal website by Business Associates (BAs) in 2018. This is what I reported last week: The year 2018 […]