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How to Ensure HIPAA Compliance with Cloud Faxing

A recent study found that 25% of healthcare organizations don’t encrypt their patient’s data in the cloud. Fa remains one of the key communication mediums for healthcare organizations because it’s legally binding and reliable. With so many faxes coming and going, cloud fa shines with its ability to trace and track faxes including automatic notifications of receipt, re-sending of faxes and automatic archiving.

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Windows XP: Hidden HIPAA Violation for Medical Practices

If your medical practice has made any computer purchases within the past 12 years, you might currently be violating HIPAA and not even realize it. On April 8, 2014 Microsoft ended ongoing support for Windows XP, their popular 12-year old operating system. Security patches will no longer be written. See what this means if your healthcare facility is using outdated software, like XP?

Filed Under: Medical Billing and Coding Topics, Practice Management Tips

HIPAA Violation Infographic

The High Cost of HIPAA Violations The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects the Personal Health Information (PHI) held by physicians, clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, health insurance companies and other healthcare organizations. PHI is made up of any information related to the patient including the healthcare record or medical chart, and payment data. EXAMPLES OF PHI   •  Patient Name    •  Address    •  Date of Birth   •  Phone number   •  Medical Record Number There are severe penalties that Continue Reading

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HIPAA Compliance Presentation

HIPAA Privacy Rule Refresher 101 We recently presented a brief review of the Privacy Rule provision of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to the Arlington County Medical Society that meets at Virginia Hospital Center which is just outside of Washington, DC. Physicians, Practice administrators and office managers came to our HIPAA Compliance training refresher class. It is important to review the privacy procedures and policies that your practice has in place on an annual basis and ensure Continue Reading

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5010 for Insurance Claim Submission is Here

5010 is the Standard Now: Are Your Insurance Claims Going to Get Paid? Capture Billing has been working toward preparing for the transition to HIPAA Version 5010 for the past several months. The time has come and we are ready. As of January 1, 2012 all insurance claims must be submitted with the new 5010 format as mandated by the federal government. Just because we are ready does this mean that insurance companies are ready? Will there still be some Continue Reading

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HIPAA 5010: Are You Ready

What is HIPAA 5010 and Does it Effect My Medical Practice? Effective January 1, 2012 HIPAA version 5010 becomes mandatory.  All of us in the healthcare industry will need to understand, implement and transition to the new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) version 5010 well before the mandated compliance date.  Testing should begin as soon as possible to avoid any ays in claims payments and rejections. What is 5010 and how does it affect the Healthcare Industry? 5010 Continue Reading

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Save Space, Time and Money: Outsource Medical Record Scanning

Scanning medical records makes retrieval fast and easy for medical staff WASHINGTON, DC – A major problem in the physicians’ office is storage of medical records. These medical records run the gambit from medical billing records such as EOBs, encounter forms, patient registration forms and insurance cards to full thick medical charts. Boxes and piles of these old documents usually fill closets, are under or next to desks, or stacked high in the hall just getting in the way. They can’t Continue Reading

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Meaningful Use: Commercial Insurance Companies Adopt Criteria

If Doctors Want to Get Paid They May Have to Buy an EHR I was reading a blog post from John at “EMR and HIPAA” entitled “Commercial Insurance Implementing Meaningful Use” that stated on August 5, 2010, four insurance companies would now include Meaningful Use criteria in their pay for performance (P4P) programs. Meaningful Use is being able to demonstrate the use of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) based on the criteria set by the government. Even if you have an Continue Reading

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The HITECH Act and 300 BAUD Modems

Anyone Can Access Your Computer I remember back in 1984 when I got my first modem for my computer. It was a 300 BAUD modem. In today’s terms, think 186 times slower than dial-up. But WOW it opened up the world. No longer was my IBM compatible confined to my desk. My computer could now go anywhere in the world. Of course, there weren’t too many anywheres to go. Now I can access almost any computer on the planet. Well, Continue Reading

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