From Report on Patient Privacy - Another industry survey on the state of health care’s ability to protect its data has reached an overall conclusion that is similar to the other surveys that have been released over the last several months — health care IT is behind other industries, and “the results clearly point to systemic failures...when it comes to protecting sensitive data.” The new survey was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Vormetric, which describes itself as “the industry leader in data security solutions that protect data-at-rest across physical, big data and cloud environments.” Read more

From Report on Patient Privacy - As soon as Americans get Social Security cards, they’re told to guard them with their lives, as lost or stolen Social Security numbers (SSNs) raise the stakes for financial fraud and identity theft. So why, patients started asking Baptist Healthcare, was the South Florida system regularly asking for their SSNs? Why indeed, wondered Baptist officials. In the hands of criminals, SSNs really are the Holy Grail of protected health information (PHI) and… Read more

Compliance Blog

By AIS Staff - July 15, 2014
The scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that has so outraged the nation over veterans’ access to medical care also has pointed the spotlight on whistleblowers and a covered entity’s compliance with whistleblower protection laws. This month’s issue of Report on Patient Privacy (RPP)...
By AIS Staff - June 16, 2014
Let’s say, for whatever reason, you wanted an electronic copy of your medical records. You have a right to them, by law, except that’s not what’s happening at many HIPAA covered entities. For its June issue, Report on Patient Privacy (RPP) took a look at the websites of several prominent health...
By Nina Youngstrom - March 10, 2014
Two recovery audit contractors have a bone to pick with some of the changes planned by CMS for the next round of the five-year RAC contracts and have filed “pre-award” protests with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Emily Evans, a partner in Obsidian Research Group in Nashville, said at a...

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