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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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We often think of IT departments when we think of meeting HIPAA regulations, but the heart of compliance is in human resources.

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Even if you're totally HIPAA compliant and know that your portal is secure, your patients may not be so sure.


Some HIPAA violations can be caught and fixed before the damage is done. Here are a few ways to do so.


Some HIPAA violations are obvious, but others can be less so and easy to miss. Here are four.


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.


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