tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement - 2018 Issue 12

HIPAA: Safeguard Practice Property to Avoid Theft-Related Violations

Put protocols in place that make HIPAA security a priority. Accidental disclosures, privacy muddles, and IT attacks are major players in the fight to secure protected health information (PHI) nowadays. Most arise from carelessness and can easily be amended with stricter office regulations. The combination of securing the physical premises of your practice while safeguarding your technical tools will help keep your violations in check. Background: In February, the PHI of 582,174 individuals was compromised when the offices at the California’s Department of Developmental Services (DDS) were plundered. The theft was significant, exposing more than half a...

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