April 29th 2021
Covered entities should be balancing a patient’s right to request his/her medical records or designated record set in a particular electronic format with an unacceptable level of security risk to the covered entity’s systems.
July 23rd 2020
Two recent cases, one settled and one just filed, are illustrative of the effects of class actions, which are filed in relation to an underlying data breach involving PHI.
June 12th 2020
Closing a practice for retirement is a hard decision as it is-here are tips to make closing your doors smoother.
December 23rd 2019
The patient experience has become a top concern for practices as it affects physician online ratings, practice reputation, and patient acquisition and retention.
October 3rd 2019
Existing medical documentation, particularly EHRs, needs to support physicians - not stymie them - as the industry transitions to value-based care.
Failure to provide patient records can result in a HIPAA fine
The law requires patients have access to their medical records in a timely fashion and at a nominal fee. Is your practice in a position to comply?
How to protect patient privacy
A guide to HIPAA compliance
Unfortunately, it only really works for children.
The differences among records and what’s legally required to be in them
Parsing out the various terms used in relation to a patient’s health record can be daunting. Here’s a primer to make the process less intimidating
California and Colorado update laws on protected health information
A trend to watch: Last year, two states made significant changes to laws related to personally identifiable information and protected health information.
How Does Blockchain Relate to a Physician’s Practice?
Blockchain is one of the hottest words in cybersecurity. Best to know what it is.
Paper Still Matters in Healthcare
Regardless of the level of technology available, paper still matters in healthcare.
Medical Practices Must be Proactive with Cybersecurity
Healthcare data is a huge target for hackers. If a practice is reactionary, all of their hard work could be at risk.
5 Legal Areas to Watch in 2018
Here are some of the important legal areas to keep an eye on in health care during 2018.
Be More Active Than Kris Kringle This Holiday Season
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is something many patients struggle with during the holidays, Kris Kringle included.
9 Costly HIPAA Settlements in 2017
This year's HIPAA settlements ran the monetary gamut and included the first ever fine levied due to untimely breach reporting. Here's an overview.
Hurricane Harvey HIPAA Reminder
Natural disasters can often lead to data breach, here's what you need to know to prevent a breach at your practice.
Activity Tracker Info No Help to Doctors
Activity trackers can provide users with statistics on how active they have been, but the devices are too unreliable to help a physician in an exam room.
Doctor Shares Unique Idea for Creating Strong Passwords
This physician has a clever way to ensure nobody can gain access to the files on his computer.
What Can Healthcare Learn about Technology from Disney?
Physician ponders why healthcare doesn't adopt technology and processes that other industries use on a daily basis.
HIPAA Fines Are On The Rise
A lot can be learned from recent HIPAA violations, including how to avoid them at your practice.
Data Protection at Small Practices
Healthcare organizations are perfect candidates for cyber-attacks, practices need to step-up and meet protection challenges.
2017 Vacation Asset Protection Issues for Physicians
Health Reform Efforts Going Nowhere after AHCA Pulled
Also in this week's Practice Notes: President Trump launches opioid epidemic committee, while proposing budget cuts to mental health services.
Protecting Your Practice and Patients from Cyberattacks
Healthcare cyberattacks can put your patients and medical practice at risk. The good news is there are both high-tech and no-tech means to be safe.
OCR Eliminating Cost as a Barrier to Patient Record Access
New guidance from HHS’ Office of Civil Rights has not only clarified patients’ rights to request a medical record, but also what practices can charge.
Make Meaningful Use Clinical Summaries Work for You and Your Patients
Providing your patients with useful clinical summaries to meet meaningful-use requirements might be trickier than you expect.
Meaningful Use Security Risk Analysis: 6 Areas to Review
The Stage 2 rules of meaningful use call for a security risk analysis of your practice. Here are some common sources of data loss to examine.
Digital Health Records Lagging When It Comes to Interoperability
When it comes to digital health records, electronic silos are no better than paper silos.
Take Our Technology Survey for a Chance at $500
What tech tools are other practices using? What would they pass up if they had a do-over? Help us to help you find out by completing our 2013 Technology Survey.
Personal Health Record Usage and Medical Practices
Do you know what a PHR is? Hint: It's not another term for an EHR. A personal health record is patient-facing and patients are increasingly coming to expect it. Here's what you need to know about how these tools can help you engage patients in their own care.
Patients Not Willing to Sacrifice Physician Face Time for Tech
Study of 1,100 U.S. patients revealed the majority love using technology to improve their own health and connect with doctors.
E-mailing With Patients
Patient-physician phone tag driving you nuts? Here’s how to make secure e-mail messaging work for your practice.
Interactive Web Portals
Patient portals can offer better customer service and care, but only if you can get your patients to use it. We examine the pros and cons of jumping on the portal bandwagon.
The Right Tools for a Medical Home
You can’t make the medical home model work on a practical basis without technology. But how to know what widgets are essential? Here’s your guide to the must-have technologies for your medical home practice.
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