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Yes, it is understandable that a HIX would not meet HIPAA’s definition of a covered entity (CE) and therefore HIPAA Privacy Rule would not generally apply. But I wonder why these exchanges did not get designated as Business Associates (BA) under HIPAA since they all provide a clear service (data analysis and eligibility) to participating Health Plans and these plans are all covered entities under HIPAA?Read More »
Medical identity theft and related healthcare fraud in the U.S. are undermining healthcare and increasing costs for its provision. Individuals are being physically harmed because of fraudsters and the dangerous changes they make to individuals’ medical identities through their healthcare records. And, shockingly, the FBI reports that medical professionals are more willing to risk patient harm in healthcare fraud schemes than ever before.Read More »
Fraudsters. Scammers. Medical identity thieves. The news is full of bad people making patients sicker and healthcare costlier. A quick scan of the headlines pulls up some stories that you have to read to believe.Read More »
Criminals stealing children’s Medicaid numbers. Billing Medicare for “phantom clinics” that exist only on paper. A fraudster posing as a doctor. These horror stories are real and far too frequent. According to the FBI, healthcare fraud costs the United States at least $80 billion a year, and the Ponemon Institute’s 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft found that 1.84 million people are victims of medical identity theft.Read More »
We hosted a pretty impressive webinar focusing on what is important to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), what it means to be a business associate or a covered entity, and what it means to be investigated after a data breach. I can say it was impressive, because it really was.Read More »
If you have a yard, chances are you’ve spent hours this fall raking up thousands of fallen leaves. Have you ever wondered which leaf on the tree fell first?
It’s impossible to say, but it gives you an idea of the challenge organizations in a health insurance exchange (HIX) face when trying to pinpoint the source of a breach—in this analogy, a breach is like a leaf. Consider all that data flowing everywhere among all those entities. And we thought data breaches were complicated before!Read More »
You’ve felt it for years—the weight of securing private health information as part of a typical compliance program, now add the complexity of information flowing through a health insurance exchange and you may feel your knees start to buckle. Especially as Health Insurance Exchanges (HIXs) face new security and privacy issues—read this article for more on that. How do you ensure that your information is secure when traversing the exchanges?Read More »
The Office for Civil Rights has always been a daunting place to me. They are the U.S. Federal government. How could that not be intimidating? They have the full capability and authority to not only investigate you and your organization, but to fine your organization for multiple reasons in accordance with the law. Well, the good news is that I have worked alongside OCR for many years and they have always had good advice and recommendations along the way.Read More »
Well, the obvious answer is that acting as Dr. No can impede innovation and delivery of business value, not to mention its career limiting affects. If you are associated with the Healthcare industry, you are witnessing the biggest transformation any industry has gone through. Whether you are a CISO at a Provider, a Payer, or a Healthcare Business Associate (BA), there’s little resembling business as usual. So much is changing so fast that the goal posts for meeting your security & privacy obligations and keeping your patients and members’ data secure seem farther than ever before. You are expected to be an enabler of sharing ever-larger amounts of sensitive patient & member data with authorized entities, not a blocker.Read More »
Have you ever tried to wrangle an octopus? Neither have I, but I imagine the six-arm advantage of the octopus would quickly overpower my best efforts. Health plans and other participants in the Healthcare Insurance Exchange (HIX) face a similar challenge when it comes to security, particularly with risk analysis.Read More »
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