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HITECH Tips for Your Beginner Staff: Disclosure of PHI

The HITECH Act modifies the HIPAA Privacy Rule requirement so that covered entities will be in compliance if the PHI access, use, and disclosure are limited to either the minimum necessary or a "limited data set." The HIPAA Privacy Rule...

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Accounting for Uses and Disclosures of PHI

Are you remembering to account for the disclosures of PHI? Some healthcare providers are not compliant with this part of the Privacy Rule. Under HIPAA Privacy and as outlined on the NPP, the patient has many rights; one of these is to request an...

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OCR Comments on HIPAA HITECH Rules to be Released in 2011

A senior official with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) said recently that the enforcer of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule plans to release final rules regarding HITECH and HIPAA next year. He stated that they did not know specifically when...

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First Certifiers of EHR Systems and Technology are Named

The Chicago-based Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), and the Drummond Group Inc. (DGI) of Austin, TX, were recently named as the first official certifiers of EHR technology. Healthcare professionals and their...

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EHR Incentives Registration

Recently the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced the availability of registration for the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR)...

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Are Safety Needles Really Required?

Some medical offices are of the opinion that the practice of using safety needles is a bother. What does OSHA say? The use of safety needles is not optional, and the employer is responsible to ensure their use or provide detailed documentation on...

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