How to implement a cybersecurity awareness program October 01, 2016By Dava StewartA security awareness program is a relatively inexpensive way to educate staff members about cybersecurity at your practice. How to choose your HIPAA security officer October 01, 2016By Dava StewartChoosing the right person to be the HIPAA security officer for your practice can make a big difference in how the staff views compliance. Avoid common business associate agreement mistakes September 01, 2016By Dava StewartHealthcare practices should have business associate agreements (BAAs) in place and review them regularly to remain HIPAA compliant. Security Risk Assessments: Critical regardless of practice size September 01, 2016By Dava StewartSmall- and medium-size practices need to address risk assessments as the federal government steps up its HIPAA enforcement. ‘Minimum necessary’ standard perplexes practices August 01, 2016By Dava StewartFlexibility allows practices to define what “minimum necessary” information must be shared regarding patient records, but many still are without a standard. Yes, staff snooping of medical records is a privacy breach August 01, 2016By Dava StewartCuriosity can be costly if your medical practice staff checks a patient’s medical record in certain situations, says a healthcare attorney. HIPAA payouts rare, but complaints can be more costly July 08, 2016By Dava StewartWhile practices are largely safe from paying monetary compensation to patients from a HIPAA violation, there are still threats outside of a courtroom. Physicians get new clarification on HIPAA’s privacy rule July 08, 2016By Dava StewartA pair of new fact sheets can help physicians determine when patient authorization to share information is not needed in the interest of care coordination. Smartphones, text messaging and HIPAA compliance June 10, 2016By Dava StewartWith smartphone use in healthcare on the rise-both by patients and providers-there are important steps to take to avoid a HIPAA violation. The Joint Commission updates stance on text messaging June 10, 2016By Dava StewartNew guidance on the use of text messaging by physicians shows some flexibility when it comes to HIPAA, notes a healthcare attorney.