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HIPAA UPDATE – Final Rule Finally Released

by Michael Brody, DPM

There are a number of major changes to HIPAA. The major changes relate to: Public Reporting and Reporting to protect Patients Reporting of patient data related to substance use disorder treatment Reporting of patient data related to reproductive health Updates to the Notice of Privacy Practices and Business Associate Agreement
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Requesting Pictures of Patients' Feet

by Michael Brody, DPM, CEO TLD Systems

"The doctors in our practice request patients to text or email them photos of their various foot conditions and post-op P&As to their personal mobile phones. We know this is not HIPAA compliant. What is a better way to handle these situations?"
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PHI: What is Protected Health Information?

by Tahlia Brody, VP Client Services at TLD Systems

Under HIPAA, you are responsible to protect Protected Health Information (PHI). But what exactly is PHI?
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Do I Need Multi-Factor Authentication?

by Tahlia Brody, VP Client Services at TLD Systems

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a security measure that can be enabled. What does MFA do and how does it help your office maintain HIPAA compliance?
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Can I Text My Patients?

by Tahlia Brody, VP Client Services at TLD Systems

When discussing text messaging, the best practice is to NOT text patients. However, texting can be a useful tool and there are steps your office can take to mitigate the risks associated with texting patients.
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Breach Notification Rule

by Tahlia Brody, VP Client Services at TLD Systems

When a breach occurs, offices are required to notify the patients whose information may have been compromised in the breach. This is known as the Breach Notification Rule.
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HIPAA Wall of Shame

by Tahlia Brody, VP Client Services at TLD Systems

Under the HITECH Act, passed in 2009, the secretary is required to post all breaches affecting 500 or more patients to the internet. This applies to all medical providers and Business Associates. This web site is commonly referred to as the HIPAA Wall of Shame. You can find it at https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/breach/breach_report.jsf
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Data Breach of Medicare information may impact your billing

by Michael Brody, DPM

Your Claims may be denied as a result of this data breach.
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Public Health Emergency Waivers Expiring

by Tahlia Brody, VP Client Services at TLD Systems

Telehealth waivers during the COVID-19 public health emergency are expiring.
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Communicating with Patients Via Email

by Michael Brody, DPM, CEO TLD Systems

Emailing patient information can be HIPAA compliant. However there are risks that you should be cognizant of and steps to take to minimize the chance of a HIPAA violation.
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