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Understanding HIPAA Right of Access- A Patient’s Right to Access their Medical Records

October 15th, 2019

According to a recent study there has been widespread noncompliance with the HIPAA right of access. In fact, more than half of the providers that were assessed in this report were either not fully compliant with the HIPAA law or it took multiple attempts before becoming compliant. (1)


What is Considered PHI Under HIPAA?

September 30th, 2019

PHI stands for Protected Health Information. According to the HIPAA Privacy Rule, protected health information is identifiable information related to the present, past, or future health status of a patient. It includes all personal health information that is created, collected, transmitted or maintained by a HIPAA-covered entity concerning the provision of healthcare or payment for healthcare services.


Direct Liability of Business Associates for HIPAA Noncompliance

September 3rd, 2019

According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), business associates of HIPAA covered entities may be held liable for noncompliance of certain HIPAA rules and requirements. HHS has provided the following list of HIPAA violations that business associates can be held fully liable.


Average Cost of a Data Breach

August 20th, 2019

A recent report published by The Poneman Institute/IBM Security released a comprehensive analysis of data breaches reported in 2018. The report indicated that data breach costs have continued to increase, with healthcare organizations experiencing the costliest cases.


HIPAA Breach- 60 Days to Report a Breach

July 29th, 2019

The month of April proved to be a busy one for cyberterrorists, with reportedly more breaches than any previous month. The increasing rates of healthcare breaches continued in May, resulting in the exposure of almost 2 million individuals’ protected health information. So far this year, more than 6 million healthcare records have been exposed, which is more than half of the number of records exposed in 2018.


Needs Attention: New HIPAA Survey Questions Available On 8/1/19

July 22nd, 2019

In order to provide the most current and complete compliance policies and procedures, MedSafe is updating the HIPAA trainings and online HIPAA manuals including new policies and procedures. This change will go into effect on 8/1/2019. Due to these updates, after logging in after August 1st, you will notice new questions that will need to be answered in the HIPAA section of your Survey app. Please review these questions; which will each be clearly labeled as NEW 8/1/19; and type in your answers. Once you have filled in your answers, the HIPAA training and manual is updated automatically with this information. If you do not have our online manuals and would like to purchase please let us know.


HIPAA and Social Media

July 8th, 2019

In today’s social media era, companies all over the world benefit from the ease of using social networks to communicate quickly and efficiently with their customers. Although slower to adopt, the healthcare industry has also joined the social media craze.


National Safety Month: Part 2

June 24th, 2019

20 statistics that stress the importance of safety awareness and prevention at home and in the workplace.


AMCA Data Breach Effects Over 20 million Patients

June 14th, 2019

American Medical Collections Agency (AMCA), a company that provides billing collection services to healthcare organizations, confirmed that sometime between August 2018 and March 2019, an unauthorized user accessed its web payment system which included several healthcare clients and held millions of patient’s information.


National Safety Month

June 3rd, 2019

June is National Safety Month, join MedSafe in bringing awareness to the importance of ensuring healthcare safety in the workplace!


Tips for Ensuring Your Remote Employees are HIPAA Compliant

May 8th, 2019

In today’s digital age, it should come as no surprise that the number of employees working from home has been steadily increasing over the past decade. In fact, in the last 15 years, telecommuting positions have grown by a whopping 140%. (1) While new technologies have made telecommuting more possible through easier and more efficient ways of transmitting data, it has also created increased risk of loss and disclosure of sensitive information.


Is Constant Contact HIPAA Compliant?

April 11th, 2019

Constant Contact, Inc. is an online marketing company, headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts that provides an email marketing solution which makes it easy for companies to stay in contact with their customers through sending newsletters, updates, and email marketing messages. Many medical offices and healthcare facilities utilize constant contact to keep in touch with their patients.

However, one common question that is often asked, is whether or not Constant Contact is HIPAA Compliant?


Patient Safety Awareness Week 2019

March 11th, 2019

Research suggests that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States, totalling over 250,000 deaths per year. (3) In addition, The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine estimates that every nine minutes, someone in a U.S. hospital dies due to a wrong or delayed medical diagnosis. (5) From a global perspective, The World Health Organization has estimated that 1 in 10 patients of high-income countries have been harmed while receiving care in a hospital, of which 50% of these incidents considered preventable. (1)


“The Right to Know the Price”

March 5th, 2019

Imagine going to the grocery store, getting your weekly groceries, but not knowing how much it would be until you receive a bill in the mail weeks later. Imagine getting an oil-change or going on vacation and not knowing the cost. This is exactly what happens to millions of patients each and every day, and a big part of what is broken in our healthcare system. In fact, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 67 percent of individuals are concerned about unexpected medical bills. (1)


2017 National Health Expenditures Highlights

February 13th, 2019

CMS released the 2017 National Health Expenditures, and overall health spending saw growth, however, less than 2016. National health spending increased by 3.9% reaching $3.5 trillion, or $10,739 per person and accounted for 17.9% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Below are some of the highlights from the report:


We Have Just Experienced a Cyber Attack, What Do We Need to Do Now?

January 15th, 2019

Have you just experienced a ransomware attack or other cybersecurity incident, you may be wondering what to do next? Fortunately, the HHS, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has provided a quick response checklist that explains step by step what a HIPAA covered entity or its business associate should do in response to an incident.

In the event of a cyber-attack or similar emergency an entity should:


A Holiday wish to all of our clients!

December 21st, 2018

As we embark upon the holidays, the team at MedSafe would like to take a moment to thank all of our clients who have dedicated their lives to making a difference. While the majority of us will be enjoying holiday festivities with family and friends, many of you will forego time with your families to care for patients.


It’s Flu Season! Are you Ready?

December 17th, 2018

It’s no secret that we are in the peak of flu season! Whether you are a nurse, primary care physician, or healthcare professional you are not only susceptible to the virus itself, but you also play a significant role in helping to protect patients against influenza. The CDC recommends that all healthcare workers get vaccinated annually against influenza, as it is the best way to prevent the flu. They also recommend a yearly flu vaccine for all individuals ages 6 months and older.


Breach Notification- What Do Practices Need to Know?

December 4th, 2018

According to the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule, all covered entities and their business associates are required to report any breach of protected health information. It is essential to understand and implement all breach notification requirements or risk incurring financial penalties as high as $1,500,000 from state attorneys general and the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights.

What is a Breach?


HIPAA and MACRA/MIPS 2018- What You Need To Know

October 15th, 2018

As we move towards the end of the year, many practices and physicians are starting to consider the data they will need to submit under the MACRA/MIPS program. The MACRA/MIPS rules change slightly every year, and this year is no exception. Even though the rules have been adjusted, a basic requirement remains in place:


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