HIPAA Fundamentals 2024 Edition
This on-demand program provides an orientation to the basic requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and resources for valuable staff training. HIPAA gives patients many rights concerning their health information. This program provides timely information on the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules, such as the type of information that is protected, who must comply with the rules, and how patient information can be used and disclosed.
Jul 07, 2023
An Indiana Healthcare Provider Mailed Test Results to the Wrong Patient: Is it malpractice?
Nichole M. Pieters, MS, RN, CEN, CPHQ, CPPS, Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company, part of TDC Group, provides strategies to enhance patient privacy.
Jul 01, 2023
With Law Enforcement, Be Courteous but Follow HIPAA Rules
With violent crime on the rise, especially in inner-city metropolitan areas, hospital EDs are experiencing more interactions with law enforcement personnel, says Richard F. Cahill, JD, vice president and associate general counsel with The Doctors Company.
Dec 12, 2022
Top Seven Tips for Telehealth
Although telehealth demand has declined since the peak of the pandemic, it continues to be an integral part of healthcare delivery. These top recommendations can help minimize risks for practices that provide care via telemedicine.
Oct 20, 2022
Job Shadowing: Observers, Volunteers, and Students in Clinical Settings
Create guidelines to prevent practice risks, eliminate patient harm, and protect patient privacy.
Oct 14, 2022
Disaster Preparedness for Your Office Practice
Natural disasters can occur suddenly and without warning, highlighting the importance of advance preparation. Make sure your practice has a plan in place.
Sep 22, 2022
Mental Health Providers: Balancing Privacy With Public Welfare
Since spring 2020, patients have reported ideation of harm with increasing frequency. These encounters create a moral dilemma for mental health providers, who must maintain provider-patient privilege while adhering to legal reporting obligations for protecting the public welfare.
Jul 21, 2021
Medical and Dental Record Retention
Having access to well-maintained patient records helps medical and dental professionals ensure continuity of care. It can also protect them against any future professional liability claims, licensing board complaints, and peer review inquiries.
Jul 16, 2021
Medical and Dental Record Issues: Frequently Asked Questions
We answer questions frequently asked by members about medical and dental records, such as length of retention, how to destroy hard copy paper records, and creating backups of electronic health records.
Jul 09, 2021
Requests to Amend a Medical or Dental Record
Patients have the right to request amendments to their medical or dental records, but providers have the right to determine if the changes will be made. Following the guidelines presented here can help ensure clear communication and documentation.
Mar 03, 2021
Healthcare Cybersecurity During COVID-19 and Beyond: How to Protect Your Practice
Throughout the pandemic, cybercriminals have found additional opportunities to target the healthcare industry. Recent developments in ransomware sophistication and tactics are cause for added concern.
The Doctor’s Advocate
HIPAA for Managers: The High-Level View
The program explores and defines HIPAA policies and procedures, business associate agreements, security assessment and analysis, training requirements, HIPAA compliance requirements, breach events, and informed consent.
Nov 23, 2020
Ransomware Attacks Against Healthcare Providers Are on the Rise
The proliferation of simple-to-use “ransomware-as-a-service” kits is partially to blame for the rise in attacks. Less technically skilled attackers are provided with free and easy-to-use tools and agree to share a portion of the ransom payment with the ransomware developer. These trends are of particular concern to the healthcare industry, as it is one of the most targeted sectors by cybercriminals. Small to midsized healthcare entities are inviting targets, because they often lack the cybersecurity sophistication to respond to attacks and are known to store, transmit, and process monetizable data.
Nov 04, 2020
Smartphones, Texts, and HIPAA: Strategies to Protect Patient Privacy
The very convenience that makes using smartphone technologies so inviting may also create privacy and security violations.
Feb 18, 2017
Up for Review: Five Keys to Managing Online Criticism
No matter how professional and caring a doctor you may be, eventually you will face criticism on the web. Here are five keys to managing that criticism.