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HIPAA Archives

  • Dealing with a minor’s medical records can be a minefield when a child is from a blended family or the parents have a contentious divorce going. Things get especially sticky when you add in stepparents and grandparents, and when a minor controls all or a portion of their own records. It’s a good time toRead more…

  • DISCLOSING COVID-19 VACCINATION STATUS HHS has published an article on the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s effect on the disclosure of COVID-19 vaccination status for healthcare. The following are excerpts from the article. For the full text see: https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/privacy/guidance/hipaa-covid-19-vaccination-workplace/index.html. Remember that HIPAA is not the only set of laws that regulate this information. Does the HIPAA PrivacyRead more…

  • October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month! October is national #cybersecurity month and we want you to help us celebrate by joining our contest. Follow the link to enter and have the chance to win a Bluetooth speaker. The winner will be announced on November 1st – you won’t want to miss this! Enter to Win!

  • The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. The use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death. Recalled Product All MiniMed Remote Controllers (model MMT-500 and MMT-503) are used with a Medtronic MiniMed 508 insulin pump or the MiniMed Paradigm family of insulin pumps. ReasonRead more…

  • 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…

  • The FBI and the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have issued a ransomware awareness alert for the upcoming holiday weekend. The FBI and CISA have observed a trend of increased attacks around U.S. holidays. Businesses are more vulnerable when there are fewer workers in the office or workers are more distracted than usualRead more…

  • August 2021 A covered entity recently discovered that a former employee had “snooped” (inappropriately accessed) over 10,000 patient records almost 4 years after the snooping began. The employee accessed the records in the EHR over a period of about 14 months. That’s over 700 records per month. The snooping went undetected until the former employeeRead more…

  • Patients and physicians who have the devices listed below and use the mylife Cloud and/or mylife Mobile Application should update to the current version of the application and update account passwords ASAP. The app is not sufficiently protecting usernames and passwords making their data vulnerable to exposure/hacking. https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ics/advisories/icsma-21-196-01 mylife website: https://www.mylife-diabetescare.com/en/products/therapy-management/mylife-digital.html mylife Diabetescare devices: YpsomedRead more…

  • What is information blocking? Anything a healthcare provider knows is likely to interfere with the ability of a patient or other authorized person(s) to access, exchange, or use electronically protected health information (ePHI). Taking longer than allowed to respond to patients’ requests for access to their records, or not responding at all. Charging patients aRead more…