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Avery Hurt

Avery Hurt

Avery Hurt is a freelance writer based in Birmingham, Ala. Her work has appeared in publications including Newsweek, The New Physician, Muse, Parents, USA Today, and the Washington Post. E-mail her at editor@physicianspractice.com.

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Password security isn't just for providers. Practices should make sure its patients are using tough passwords when using their patient portal.


Choosing good passwords and protecting them is a small but key part of guarding your patients’ protected health information.

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Here’s what you do when a HIPAA violation affects your patients, but is the fault of one of your business partners.


Lost laptops, tablets, and phones are among the most common ways patient privacy is breached. Here’s what to do if it happens to you.

Practices do not just have to use staff members to improve their financial situation. The EHR can also be a huge help.

Looking for ways to increase practice profits? You may find the answer on your payroll.


The OCR is doing more HIPAA audits this year, and you need to be ready. Here’s how to do your own internal audit.

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The Office for Civil Rights is upping its HIPAA audit game this year. If you want to be safe, you will, too.

To succeed in an accountable care organization, practices have to dedicate resources to the high-cost, frequent utilizers of care.

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The ICD-10 transition will continue into the next year for practices. Here are some tips you’ll need to take in 2016.


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