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Are You a Covered Entity Under HIPAA? 4 Types of Covered Entities

HIPAA Covered Entity

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) can be a tricky yet necessary protocol to follow. A common misconception of those on the "outside looking in" is that HIPAA only applies to healthcare organizations like hospitals and other specialty clinics.

When looking into who is covered by HIPAA, you may be surprised to learn that several more entities have a responsibility to adhere to HIPAA guidelines as a covered entity. Some of these organizations are not even directly involved with healthcare.

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HIPAA vs HITRUST vs HITECH: What's the Difference?

HIPAA vs HITRUST vs HITECH

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When it comes to personal health information (PHI), healthcare organizations can never be too safe. The repercussions for lost, stolen or manipulated data could cost you large sums of money, a tarnished reputation, and even jail time. According to data shared by HIPAA Journal, there were 347 healthcare data breaches of 500 or more records reported to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Between January 1, 2022, and June 30, 2022.

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Understanding HIPAA Telephone Rules and Phone Calls

HIPAA Telephone Rules & Phone Calls

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We live in a hyper-connected society. Almost everyone we know has a cell phone, tablet, or computer — maybe all and more. These devices are designed to make our day-to-day activities more efficient and enjoyable. While healthcare is rarely an enjoyable experience, there are always means that can be used to make it more comfortable. One of those solutions comes with improved technology that allows patients and providers to communicate and share data with speed and ease. The most common way improved communication occurs between both parties is through personal electronic devices, like smartphones. Although this sounds like a great idea, it has not exactly taken off. This is mainly because HIPAA still applies.

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12 Questions Mental Health Providers Ask When Evaluating EHR Tools

Selecting mental health EHR Software

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Those working as mental health providers over the last decade have experienced a shift in how tools are used to help their practices. This is true for both large mental health facilities and solo practitioners. Electronic health record (EHR) tools along with electronic medical record (EMR) tools have made many processes easier for mental health professionals, whether they be behavioral health, therapy, counseling EHRs, or any number of mental health categories.

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HIPAA and "Body" or "Patient Brokering": Balancing Lead Generation With Privacy Laws

Understanding Patient Body Brokering HIPAA Privacy Regulations

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Drugs destroy lives. America is in the middle of a drug addiction epidemic. Over 1 million people have died from overdoses in 20 years, since the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) started recording overdose deaths in 1999.

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Is Google Workspace HIPAA Compliant? Gmail, Meet, Drive & Other G Suite Apps

Is Google Workspace HIPAA Compliant

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Rising data breaches in healthcare have paved the way for compliance laws to keep patients' medical data secure. Thousands of healthcare providers in the US are now legally required to adhere to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). As a result, they need to use HIPAA-compliant technologies when corresponding with clients and patients online. 

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Cloud Computing in Healthcare

Advantages and Disadvantages of Cloud Computing in Healthcare

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In industries across the spectrum, cloud computing is far outpacing physical storage infrastructure. It may provide you a sense of security knowing your data is physically on-site, however, these systems often take up valuable space, are easily compromised (including physical theft), and cost a fortune to maintain. The cloud is a "new" technology that provides an efficient working model that is secure for any industry, especially those that house sensitive data like governments, financial institutions, and healthcare.

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Is LegitScript Certification Worth It for Telemental Health?

LegitScript Certification

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LegitScript certification is a way for mental health practitioners to establish and build trust with potential patients online. 

Potential patients and their loved ones are searching for mental health professionals online. If they are searching on social networks, such as Facebook, and using search engines, such as Google and Bing, licensed mental health practitioners need to be certified to advertise on these platforms.

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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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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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