Archive for May, 2014

HIPAA Risk Analysis

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

William R. Pupkis, CMPE, Healthcare Consultant
HIPAAThe Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security enforcement has grown this year. Combined with the recent very high fines for non-compliance, your practice can’t let its guard down where protected health information is concerned. Under the New HIPAA Security Rule’s Meaningful Use measures and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, your practice is required to perform a risk analysis to identify possible security breach areas. If your practice does not, it could incur a $10,000 minimum penalty for “willful neglect” of compliance. (more…)

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OCR and HIPAA Compliance

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

William R. Pupkis, CMPE, Healthcare Consultant

In response to advances in electronic technology that could potentially compromise the privacy of health information, Congress incorporated Federal privacy protections into the provisions of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The Privacy Rule set national standards to protect individually identifiable health information, while the Security Rule established national standards to protect electronic health information. Compliance with the Privacy and Security Rules is enforced by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). (more…)

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Referral Survey

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

William R. Pupkis, CMPE, Healthcare Consultant

ReferralSurveyManaging referral sources is vital to a practice’s growth. By tracking information regarding referred patients you can learn which practices/physicians are sending patients and what kinds of cases are being referred. As you begin to develop an effective referral program, it will also be helpful to understand why your referral sources select your practice. (more…)

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