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How to Get a Job in Compliance with no Experience? Learn New Skills for $10

For people on a job hunt, the reason for not offering one is almost invariably the same: You lack experience. How do you convince the organization that one can gain no experience unless one has a job? This is a typical chicken and egg conundrum: You are not given a job because you have no experience, and…

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Added by Roger Steven on September 18, 2017 at 6:52am — No Comments

Education, training and tools for ensuring healthcare frontline food safety

Food technology has been growing at a quick pace, having come under the influence of the twin paradigms of the late 20th century, technology and globalization. As populations keep moving from one part of the world to another in the millions; it is natural that they get influenced by the food behavior of the place to which they move, while also bringing their own influences into it.

It is not just with the itinerant population that food service and movement are paired and…

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Added by Roger Steven on September 11, 2017 at 7:20am — No Comments

Complementing MACRA and MIPS with HIPAA brings about better patient engagement

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is a federal Act that regulates the manner in which physicians have to be paid when they treat patients who come to them under Medicare. It modifies and supersedes the earlier legislation on this topic, namely the Balanced Budget Act, which was in force from 1997. 

From the time the Balanced Budget Act linked physician payments to budget cuts and economic growth; it has reduced physician payments by over a fifth. In…

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Added by Roger Steven on September 7, 2017 at 7:32am — No Comments

HIPAA’s guidelines need to be understood to prepare for, prevent, respond and recover ransomware

Ransomware is dangerous and malicious software that infects the operating systems of computers that are vulnerable. It blocks access to files, and demands a ransom for releasing it. After the ransom is paid, usually in the form of virtual cash, through means such as Bitcoin, the block may be released. Many ransomware attacks, like ransom seekers in real life, blackmail and harass the victim for prolonged periods of time. Sometimes, ransomware can block the user’s access to the entire…

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Added by Roger Steven on September 1, 2017 at 7:47am — No Comments

HIPAA breach evaluation and reporting

Protected Health Information (PHI) is a very valuable piece of information. It is valuable for the patient, for the healthcare provider, and for the insurer. Unfortunately, there is one source to which it is more valuable than to all these: Hackers. Protected Health Information is meant to be protected, but this information is coveted in the black market more than credit cards and social security.

The reason is simple: The PHI contains very vital, but confidential information about a…

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Added by Roger Steven on August 29, 2017 at 7:55am — No Comments

HIPAA should be implemented alongside MACRA and MIPS to foster better patient engagement

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), a federal Act that governs the way in which physicians need to be paid when they treat patients who come to them under Medicare, alters and replaces the earlier Act in this regard, namely the Balanced Budget Act, which was in force from 1997.  

Since the Balanced Budget Act linked physician payments to budget cuts and economic growth; it brought down physician payments by 21 percent. MACRA, on the other hand, introduces…

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Added by Roger Steven on August 24, 2017 at 7:28am — No Comments

How do campuses respond to students with mental issues?

Perhaps no educational campus is free of students with some or another kind of mental or emotional issues. Considering the wide diversity of students that enroll into American colleges and the varied backgrounds they come from; it is no surprise that American colleges will have to deal with such students.

There is a need for institutions that come across students with emotional or mental issues to learn to deal with the issue. While on the one hand, administrators of educational…

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Added by Roger Steven on August 9, 2017 at 7:41am — No Comments

Does fixing a retirement age for physicians help improve the healthcare system?

The medical profession is different from most others in one vital aspect: Practitioners of this profession don’t retire. The profession allows the physician to continue for as long as her physical and mental faculties allow her to. The US’ Supreme Court judges too, don’t retire, but theirs is judicial…

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Added by Roger Steven on August 8, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

Learning how to manage the HIPAA Business Associate process is important

Most healthcare providers or organizations that are described as Covered Entities by HIPAA, engage vendors as HIPAA Business Associates for carrying out many of their services on their behalf. HIPAA defines a Business Associate as a person or an entity who carries out some or all functions or activities that involve the use or disclosure of Protected Health Information on behalf of, or of providing services to a…

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Added by Roger Steven on August 2, 2017 at 8:13am — No Comments

Vital Stark Law considerations for physician employment agreements

Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) –popularly called Obamacare –came into existence, there has been an exponential increase in the number of physician practice acquisitions. Some of the reasons that can be ascribed for this phenomenon are these:

-        Physician practice…

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Added by Roger Steven on July 28, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

The centrality of Risk Analysis to HIPAA

Carrying out audits is among the most important requirements for any organization that handles Protected Health Information (PHI). HIPAA hosting providers, who implement safeguards in the manner specified in the HIPAA Privacy Rule, must be…

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Added by Roger Steven on July 25, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Ensuring compensation-focused compliance with Stark Law considerations

Stark Law compliance is now more than just a compliance issue. It has grown to become an Enterprise Risk Management matter, if the substantial awards and settlements in recent enforcement actions are anything to go by. For healthcare organizations that develop and implement provider contracts;…

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Added by Roger Steven on July 18, 2017 at 7:50am — No Comments

Entities should do everything it takes to avoid HIPAA fines and penalties

The fact of about 120 million individuals being affected by HIPAA breaches in 2015 highlights two important points:

  1. There is a mad demand for these records in the black market, which is why they are being targeted to this extent. Any wonder that PHI is in greater demand in the…
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Added by Roger Steven on July 14, 2017 at 8:05am — No Comments

Understanding and responding to the special needs of college students who have autism

When people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) –called just autism –enter college, they are up against challenges that are unique and peculiar to the group. They need to be understood for their special needs, because they enter college at a sensitive age. There is an onus on the part of the other people in…

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Added by Roger Steven on July 12, 2017 at 7:43am — No Comments

Preparing for HIPAA Enforcement

It goes without saying that preparing for HIPAA enforcement is of crucial importance to organizations. The reason: Last year saw a spike in the settlement payments ordered by HIPAA. There were as many as seven settlements of a value of over $1 million each. Of these seven, one was for $5.5 million, another was for $3.9 million, and yet another for $2.75 million. These constituted a part of a dozen or so overall resolutions settlements. These results point to the fact that HIPAA is continuing…

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Added by Roger Steven on July 10, 2017 at 8:34am — No Comments

Advantages and disadvantages of Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records (EHR) or electronic medical records (EMR), as they are called, are of enormous use in the fields of healthcare and medical sciences. They have a number of features that enable the patient; the medical professional and the healthcare provider have complete and unimaginably easy access to all important records that relate to the patient.

A direct result of the…

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Added by Roger Steven on June 29, 2017 at 7:52am — No Comments

Bringing about positive changes into the US healthcare system

The American healthcare industry is a curious mélange. On the one hand, it is the world’s largest industry, with an estimated size of around $ three trillion. It is a system in which any treatment option that one can think of is available to the patient. Yet, it is characterized by a high degree of inefficiency and exorbitant costs. Many treatment options are out of reach of a large number of patients. It also suffers from non-implementation of many best practices that would have ensured a…

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Added by Roger Steven on June 13, 2017 at 8:21am — No Comments

HIPAA implementation for human resources



It is not commonly known that a Covered Entity or its Business Associate have to comply with HIPAA regulations that relate to…

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Added by Roger Steven on June 12, 2017 at 8:31am — No Comments

Stark Law considerations for structuring and auditing medical director and administrative agreements

When structuring and auditing medical director and administrative agreements; the provisions of the Stark Law need to be taken into careful and full consideration. This is because the Stark Law is the operative law for this kind of arrangement.

Implementation of best practices for negotiating and drafting administrative arrangements on behalf of health systems, hospitals, medical groups and…

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Added by Roger Steven on May 30, 2017 at 7:27am — No Comments

HIPAA compliance for offshore vendors

In this age of outsourcing and globalization, and with it, the emerging potential phenomenon of the Internet of Things (IoT); it is quite a tempting proposition for HIPAA Business Associates or Covered Entities to think of outsourcing their processes relating to Protected Health Information (PHI). However, as is to be expected, there is risk involved in outsourcing this kind of critical information, given the critical importance of these healthcare records and in view of the fact that there…

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Added by Roger Steven on May 26, 2017 at 8:28am — No Comments

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