Yearly Archives: 2016

HIPAA and Minimum Necessary Disclosures

HIPAA regulations state that when using or disclosing PHI (protected health information) or when requesting PHI from another covered entity (a doctor’s office, dental practice, etc), a covered entity must make reasonable efforts to limit PHI, to the minimum necessary, to

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Rules For Sending And Receiving Protected Health Information (PHI)

HIPAA requires that covered entities (organizations who provide treatment to patients, bill insurance plans, or create protected health information (PHI)) must protect their PHI. This protection extends to sending and receiving PHI. Moreover, there are specific rules for how to

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HIPAA Compliance For Nonprofit Organizations

There are more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States. Of those, the National Center for Charitable Statistics estimates that over 170,000 are in the health related sector. Many of these health services nonprofits are currently unaware that

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OCR Announces Fines for Breaches Affecting Fewer Than 500 Patients

As a HIPAA compliance IT consultant I work with many small dental and medical practices that are affected by HIPAA regulations. For many years, dental practitioners and boutique medical service providers have been able to fly under the radar of

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The Importance of Encryption for HIPAA Compliance

Encryption. . .what does it mean to encrypt something? Why is it important? And why is it particularly important for covered entities and business associates in the health services industry? What can you do to make sure your data is

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HIPAA Audits Are Coming To Dental Practices

Starting in February of 2016, the Office of Civil Rights (a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services) began phase 2 of the HIPAA audit program. What does this mean for dental practitioners and other health service

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HIPAA Compliance For Dental Office Managers

J.J. Micro works with a variety of dental practices in the Saint Louis area. We offer a HIPAA compliance as a service package called PracticeProtect™ that brings practices into HIPAA compliance and provides the IT support that all 21st century practices

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The Real Cost of Downtime

Everybody knows that when your IT infrastructure goes down it can cost your business money. But have you taken the time to truly quantify the cost of downtime for your business? At first it can seem daunting to put a

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AFCOM Data Center World 2016

A huge push towards cloud services means major investment in data centers. Our own Brian Mitchell visited AFCOM Data Center World 2016 in Las Vegas to find out where the industry is headed and how we can leverage our data center investments to

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HIPAA Compliance for Dental Practices and Their Business Associates

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For almost 20 years since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) came into existence, the health care industry has had to deal with increasingly complex layers of regulations. Dental practices are acutely affected by HIPAA, namely by the recently added rule that

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