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When Compliance Falls Short

It is the nature of rules. They carry penalties. HIPAA’s Privacy Rule and the Security Rule are no exception with financial penalties topping out at $1,919,173 per violation. Per day. And plus there’s jail. So. Hey? Let’s talk about it? ? You’ll no doubt recall that the Privacy Rule and Security Rule were promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services in furtherance of HIPAA—the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The Office…

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The Joys of Working in the Medical Industry

Over the past few weeks, we’ve written about HIPAA in a fairly broad way. Today we’re going narrow the focus in on business associates. A “business associate” is someone that works with PHI—protected health information—on behalf of a covered entity, like a hospital or insurance company, but is not employed by the covered entity. Contractors. Tech companies. That kind of thing. If you’re in the business of working with health care providers or payers, you’re…

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