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DATA PROTECTION LAWS ARE GLOBAL AND ENFORCED

Every one of us in the payment space knows that data protection and regulation is central to all we do. There is no one in the industry that is not familiar with the PCI DSS at this point. Whether you are in favor of this or not, whether you believe in it or not, the simple truth is that data ...

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THE TRUE COST OF A HIPAA BREACH

Another week, another data breach. On September 10th, healthcare behemothKaiser Permanente sent out a letter to 670 patients, notifying them that their PHI had been impermissibly emailed out of network. But in light of all these recent data breaches and security failures, one might ask, “who cares?” If fixing the issue is as simple as writing an apology letter like ...

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FIVE ESSENTIAL CONSIDERATIONS IN CHOOSING A SECURE TEXT MESSAGING SERVICE

It’s crunch time. With just over two weeks until the Sept 23rd HIPAA Omnibus deadline, as the CIO of healthcare provider facility you’ve come to discover that a number of your physician and nurse providers have been communicating with one another over standard text message, exchanging information in a HIPAA noncompliant manner. However, there’s still time before these events turn ...

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BREACHES AND THE HIPAA/HITECH OMNIBUS DEADLINE

90 days. That’s all the time healthcare organizations have between now and the September 23 HIPAA Omnibus compliance date. Understandably, most healthcare compliance officers are focusing on the major changes spelled out in the regulations: obtaining business associate agreements, updating notices of privacy practices, and training staff members on the changes to the law. While healthcare facility managers must make ...

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SOCIAL MEDIA: A PHYSICIANS SPECIFIC APPROACH

As a physician, it is useful to view social media as an asset and a threat. Done well, it can very effectively leverage and multiply your presence in your desired market in ways that generate increasing patient flow and cash flow. If it is done poorly or ignored, it represents a 24 hour threat to your market share and customer ...

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ICD-10: THE TRANSITION IS COMING…

While the ICD-10 transition has been pushed back to October 31, 2014, preparing for it should not be put off. Those affected by this transition should use this delay to their advantage in preparing for the impact to their practice both in how they treat their patients and in how their day-to-day operations are run and sustained financially. Let’s review ...

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RE-INVENTION OF THE HEALTHCARE MODEL – A NEW SERVICE INDUSTRY

Unprecedented challenges emerging in the current healthcare model have necessitated a new thinking on the traditional service model. No longer will practitioners be protected by providing service in the same staid approach. Financial challenges, narrowing provider panels, challenging reimbursement schedules, restrictive insurance policies, HMO requirements, new governental healthcare legislation, have all combined to provide a “perfect storm” of anti-business climate ...

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ICD-10: ARE YOU READY?

Surveys show that less than 50% of physicians know what the ICD-10 transition is. I’m here to tell you, you NEED to know! ICD-10 WILL affect your paycheck, in fact, it could leave you with a 3-9 month delay in reimbursements. Now that I’ve got your attention, the transition will take place on October 1, 2014. CMS has stated that ...

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PROTECTING PHI: PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION

Covered entities can expect increased regulation, legislation and penalties… Many medical offices struggle with the various and ever-changing requirements for privacy and security compliance. Increasing regulation and, most importantly, stringent enforcement of these regulations is a reality that all within the broad aspects of the medical community must face. The regulations and compliance are now tied to reimbursement, as in ...

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