Friday, July 25, 2014

Notice of Privacy Practices

Your Notice of Privacy Practices, which must be given to every patient, also has to be made accessible in other ways.

1 - It should be displayed in your waiting room

2 - If you have a web site, it should also be available there

For more information, please see HERE

Don'r have a current Notice of Privacy Practices?  Contact Systematix Consulting and ask about our HIPAA-STAT program

Monday, July 21, 2014

Practice Fined $800,000.00 for Privacy Violations

Many practices are still living in denial (or blissful ignorance) when it comes to safeguarding patient privacy.

The government is getting serious about patient privacy and security, and you should be as well.  As a case in point, a practice was recently fined $800,000.00 for improper disposal of patient records.

Read more about it HERE:

The sad fact is that this could have been easily avoided if only the practice staff was properly trained in Privacy and Security rules.

HIPAA guidelines for practices shouldn't be difficult to understand or implement.  A small investment in staff training and policy implementation could save yiur practice from a similarly devastating fine.

Contact Systematix today to learn more about how our HIPAA-STAT program can help protect your practice

Friday, July 18, 2014

HIPAA Fines Explained

It's often challenging to explain to practices just how devastating the fines for violating the HIPAA Laws can be.  This is due to, largely, the complicated nature of the law, and the variations in fines and penalties.

Since, as the old saying goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words", I'd like to share this link with you.  This 'infographic' presents an overview of the HIPAA laws and penalties in a clear and concise fashion.

I trust that you will find it both interesting and informative:    HIPAA Infographic

Have you already taken the steps towards protecting your practice from HIPAA fines?  Have all of your colleagues?  If not. I urge you (or urge you to urge them!) to contact Systematix Consulting today to learn about out HIPAA-STAT system - the easy and cost effective pathway to HIPAA compliance and meeting the requirements of Meaningful Use Core Measure 15

Thursday, July 17, 2014

CMS Audit Hot Spots

During our conversations with physicians across the country, we've identified several areas where it seems that CMS Meaningful Use Auditors are especially active.  These areas include:

New Jersey
Long Island, NY

Please keep in mind that this is ad-hoc information, and we are not privy to any insider information.  It also does not mean that you do not gave to worry about audits in other areas of the US.

It is our strong belief that EVERY practice should take Healthcare Information security very seriously.

Help protect your practice by contacting Systematix Consulting today and ask about our proven, cost effective HIPAA-STAT System.

One day, you will certainly be glad that you did!

Office of Civil Rights is Now Hiring Auditors

As part of our ongoing vigilance, we monitor various US Government news feeds.  One recent feed featured a "Help Wanted" advertisement from the Office of Civil Rights, the government agency that is now responsible for enforcing the nations' HIPAA laws.  They are looking to hire senior auditors for investigating HIPAA compliance.

On a related note, a colleague who works for a large EHR Software house shared with me that CMS is planning to audit as many as 50% of all practices for the accuracy of their Meaningful Use  Attestation.  This includes, of course, having conducted and documented a Security Risk Analysis and Remediation.

Can your practice pass a CMS Audit?  Can your colleagues?

If not, please contact Systematix Consulting  today to learn more about our affordable and effective
HIPAA-STAT system.

Ask not for whom the bell tolls...

Practice Fined $150,000 for Lost Thumb Drive

We cannot stress the importance of protecting all removable backup media by encryption.  This practice learned the hard way.

What should have been the simple loss of a $10 thumb drive turned into a $150,000 fine for a HIPAA violation.  Simple encryption could have protected this practice from this catastrophic penalty.

The US Government is serious about Healthcare Security/  You should be as well.

Read More about it HERE:

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