Entries by Lisa Dong

10 Companies That Lost Millions For These Avoidable HIPAA Violations

As Telehealth grows and becomes more relevant to healthcare, so too are the protections around it. Through Telehealth, medical providers are creating, storing, exchanging and deleting Electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) all the time; but is this safe? Can video streams be tapped without their knowing? Is the information that’s stored online secure? Will PHI […]

Why More States Should Encourage Telemedicine in Schools

For some of the same reasons telemedicine is being welcomed into hospitals, prisons or private practices, we are finding that it’s also gaining popularity with schools. Moving past those general reasons why, here’s what makes telemedicine in schools particularly special: Image from ArkansasOnline: Rural Arkansas schools to go telemedicine route   It keeps kids on […]

The Telehealth Resource You Need

Image from Telehealth Resource Centers If you’ve been looking for information on Telehealth (what it’s about, reimbursement details, legal information, implementation strategies, etc.) Telehealth Resource Centers can help. TRC is a great resource because it stays up to date and addresses several fundamental questions that arise with this new technology. Examples include: “What is the […]

Decoding HIPAA’s Security Rule

Photo by IBM Archives In an earlier article we wanted to know the simple differences between the HIPAA Privacy Rule and the HIPAA Security Rule. (Check it out here if you haven’t seen it yet). It’s a simple distinction, but what’s not simple is what’s actually in the Security Rule. So if you want to […]

The 9 Standards for HIPAA’s Administrative Safeguards

HIPAA’s definition on Administrative Safeguards: “Administrative actions, and policies and procedures, to manage the selection, development, implementation, and maintenance of security measures to protect electronic protected health information and to manage the conduct of the covered entity’s workforce in relation to the protection of that information.” HHS.gov

The First Major Mental Health Legislation in Nearly a Decade – Ready to be Signed by President Obama

Talks about how to improve mental health have long been swept under the rug and kept there, however earlier this year the House of Representatives changed that by introducing the 21st Century Cures Act. The bill emphasizes a parity between mental and physical health and has included grants to increase the number of existing mental […]

Medicare’s Latest Reason to Not Reimburse You

Beginning October 1, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) entered a program which required them to reduce payments to Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) hospitals with excessive readmissions. The goal was to promote lasting care for patients before sending them home and to end the “revolving door” of readmissions. A very honorable […]