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How to Open a Drug Rehab Center: 21 Things to Know

How to Start a Drug Rehab Center

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Drug rehab centers are big business, with over 15,00 facilities around the U.S. and 3.7 million people receiving treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. Many are filled to capacity, and many more are needed to meet the growing demand for rehab treatment.

Some of the most famous include the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, with 16 treatment centers nationwide. Drug and alcohol addiction can affect anyone; as much as society might not want to acknowledge it, this is a widespread nationwide epidemic.

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Before You Choose Behavioral or Mental Health Apps For Your Practice

Mental Health Apps

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More people than ever before are seeking treatment for mental health conditions.

One of the ways patients are doing this is through mental health apps. Some of the most popular on the market include Calm, Headspace, and Talkspace Online Therapy. Other apps are focusing on specific problems, such as Quit That! to help people break unhealthy habits and addictions.

eMoods is designed to help those with bipolar disorder track their moods. notOK is an app designed to prevent suicide. 

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Virtual Private Network (VPN) Pros and Cons for Business

VPN Pros and Cons for Business

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Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) were already popular amongst numerous organizations and sectors before the pandemic. Now, with remote and hybrid work so widespread, companies need to be even more conscious of the way they allow employees and contractors to access files and internal systems.  You may ask "Do VPN's really work?" Continue reading to find out.

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The Biggest Healthcare Challenges for 2022 (and Beyond)

Healthcare's Biggest Challenges

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The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has driven the healthcare industry through several simultaneous changes and challenges. Record patient levels, hospital staff shortages, remote work, and HIPAA exemptions have all made appearances at one point or another. Healthcare organization CEOs and other management figures have dealt with many of these situations on the fly, without much warning. As we progress through 2022 and beyond, what should the industry expect from a change perspective? Continue reading to find out how you can stay ahead of the curve! 

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Top Cybersecurity Threats to Healthcare in 2022

Top Cybersecurity Threats to Healthcare in 2022

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The healthcare industry is subject to many types of existing and new cybersecurity threats. With technology constantly developing and information considered to be highly valuable, cyber criminals see this industry as a gold mine of sorts. Crime can also occur internally, with employees playing the part of "bad actor."

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Does Title 42 CFR Part 2 Confidentiality of SUD Patient Records Apply to You?

SUD Privacy

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People with alcohol or drug use disorders do not always seek treatment for their substance use disorders because of fear: fear of the social and legal consequences if family, friends, neighbors, employers, co-workers, law enforcement, and even medical personnel learn of their substance abuse.

Protecting that privacy and encouraging treatment for substance use disorders (SUD) is the purpose of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 2: Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records (Part 2).

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HIPAA Right of Access: Medical Records & Release of Information

HIPAA Right of Access: Medical Records and Release of Information

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With advancements in technology, individuals can now be more involved in their healthcare than ever before. Whether it is pulling results, requesting appointments, or transferring records, the way healthcare data is stored and shared has changed. This practice, often referred to as a right of access, allows for on-demand, and real-time access to personal health information (PHI) on the part of a patient, once requested and received.

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7 Tips for Protecting Yourself Against Cyber Attacks

7 Tips for Protecting Yourself Against Cyber Attacks

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In April 2021, Colonial Pipeline, representing critical regional gas supply and fuel infrastructure, was severely disrupted by a ransomware attack. The company's billing and business infrastructure were targeted, resulting in a $4.4 million dollar ransom payment in bitcoin. The ripple effects of the attack caused panic buying and gas shortages in many states along the East Coast of the United States, not to mention dangerous chaos among residents. This all may have been avoided if the firm had adequate or stronger cybersecurity measures in place. This example, among many others, serves as a reminder that no one organization or person is safe from a potential cyber-attack. Oftentimes the best defense is being well-prepared for the inevitable.

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What is a HIPAA Incidental Disclosure in Healthcare?

HIPAA Incidental Disclosure

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Sometimes, information not intended to be public knowledge is inadvertently shared with others. Just as easily as it can happen in a casual conversation with a friend, it can also happen in the workplace. So, what is an incidental disclosure? The incidental disclosure definition, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is a, "disclosure that cannot reasonably be prevented, is limited in nature, and that occurs as a result of another use or disclosure that is permitted by the Rule." What happens when there is an incidental disclosure in a healthcare setting? There is not a clear-cut answer. It simply depends on the magnitude of the situation. In general, healthcare settings are fluid environments. That means that a patient overhearing another patient's diagnosis or a visitor catching a glimpse of a screen with some personal health information (PHI) is not common grounds to facilitate a HIPAA violation. 

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HHS Launches 405(d) Website for Cybersecurity in Healthcare

HHS 405d

The Cybersecurity Act of 2015 was designed to create a bridge between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) to ease and secure cybersecurity-related information sharing that can be private or public. It was signed into law on December 18, 2015, by then-president Obama, and is considered the most important cyber-related federal law passed to date that facilitates cybersecurity-related information sharing between private sector companies and federal government organizations in a secure way, having a set mechanism. The Cybersecurity Act 2015 outlines NCCIC's role in assessing and reacting to cybersecurity risks and threat indicators. It gives authority to the president of the country to transfer control to deal with the cybersecurity threat to an entity other than NCCIC, even outside the DHS, except to the Department of Defense.

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