HIPAA Compliance in the Age of Social Media

HIPAA and social media

Protecting patient privacy is the goal of HIPAA regulations for healthcare practices. While HIPAA regulations were established before the era of social media, the Privacy Rule safeguards against the unauthorized disclosure of patient health information (PHI) on these platforms. What is ePHI under HIPAA? Electronic PHI is any health information that is created, stored, transmitted, […]

HIPAA-Compliant Video Conferencing: Your Guide to Secure Healthcare Communications

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Modern healthcare has evolved dramatically with the integration of technology. While digitization has indeed elevated patient care and broadened its accessibility, it has also brought along challenges, primarily concerning privacy and security. A significant part of this conversation involves the use of communication tools like video conferencing and their compliance with HIPAA. If you are […]

What is Code of Conduct and Why is it Important to My Healthcare Practice?

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In healthcare, maintaining high ethical standards and responsible practices are paramount to providing quality care and preserving patient trust. To achieve these goals, a healthcare code of conduct (HCC) plays a pivotal role. An HCC is a set of guidelines and principles that govern the behavior and actions of healthcare professionals – it serves as […]

The Need for Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Training

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Every year a minimum of $4.3 trillion is spent on healthcare in the United States, of which an estimated $60 billion is attributable to fraud and abuse. In order to combat this, HIPAA established the Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Control Program (HCFAC). Both federal and state laws exist to reduce healthcare fraud and abuse, and financial and/or criminal penalties […]

For Your Information: Government Response to Long COVID

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FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Makes Progress in the Whole-of-Government Response to Long COVID U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office for Civil Rights April 05, 2023 – One year ago today, President Biden issued the Presidential Memorandum and Fact Sheet that directed the Secretary of Health and Human Services to coordinate a whole-of-government response to the longer-term […]

First Online Dental Radiation Manual for North Carolina

Online Dental Radiation Compliance

Ensuring radiation compliance is extremely important and necessary to safeguard patients and staff. In order to help dental practices and DSOs in the North Carolina area meet regulatory requirements and maintain a safe work environment, we at TMC are proud to announce our latest product – the Online Dental Radiation Compliance Manual for North Carolina.  […]

Updating our Online Compliance Manuals (eManuals)

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We have exciting news about our online compliance manuals (eManual)! Our eManual is moving to a modern, advanced platform at the end of March! The new TMC eManuals will be powered by ComplianceBridge software. We are updating our eManuals to reduce the time you spend on the administration of your eManual. This new software will […]

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

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TMC’s Security Scout wants you to be Cyber Savvy!   Did you know? 43% of cyber-attacks target small businesses. Here’s how you can be Cyber Savvy: Use long, strong passphrases or passwords and different passwords for different programs and devices. See last month’s Advisor for password tips. Watch out for phishing emails and text messages! […]

Happy 25th Birthday HIPAA!


A Back-to-Basics Review The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 turned 25 on August 21st. You will notice that there is no mention of information, privacy, or security in its title. So, how did we end up with the Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules? Electronic health information and the internet were just […]

The Recognized Security Practices Safe Harbor and the OCR


It is hard going a day without seeing a cybersecurity attack in the headlines. Over the past year and a half, the number of attacks has increased by over 350%. Healthcare entities of all sizes are an enticing target for attackers because just 1 patient record can fetch $200 or more on the dark web. […]