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Business Associates Archives

  • 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! KeepRead more…

  • 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 justRead more…

  • The 7 systems of the human body are the central nervous system, circulatory system, respiratory system, digestive system, immune system, reproductive system, and skeletal structure and musculature. The average person’s body is 50-60% water. However, the brain is 70% water. The human brain weighs between 2.8 to 3 pounds. A healthy adult heart beats aboutRead more…

  • The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the US Department of Health and Human Services issued an alert on Friday, April 3, 2020, regarding an individual who has been contacting HIPAA covered entities posing as an OCR investigator in an attempt to obtain protected health information. The imposter does not provide an OCR compliant transactionRead more…

  • Cybercriminals are gaining access to home and small business routers and redirecting victims to fake COVID-19 themed websites that install malware. A commonly faked website is the World Health Organization’s website. When the victim is redirected, they are instructed to download an application that offers the latest updates on COVID-19, which is actually malware. ThisRead more…

  • Even though businesses of all sizes are targeted by hackers, small businesses and practices make up approximately 70% of data breaches due to cyberattacks. Patient information is very valuable and small businesses often have less protection than large businesses do in cybersecurity. Strengthen the human element Training employees is one of the best defenses againstRead more…

  • On May 24, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a new fact sheet for Business Associates explaining their liability for HIPAA compliance. OCR is the government enforcement agency for HIPAA compliance. They have the authority to take enforcement action against business associates for failing to comply with requirements and prohibitions. Since the implementationRead more…

  • The days of having your computer work done by your friend’s nephew or the neighborhood fix-it guy are over. Your IT professional needs to be well versed in HIPAA, or even better be declared a HIPAA Business Associate. They also need to be motivated to keep up with the changing threat environment. It can literallyRead more…