HIPAA regulations

3 key steps to liberate data without raising liability – Health Article

Medical data is only as valuable as the uses it’s put toward. When shared between patients, providers, and payers, data becomes a tool for improving health outcomes and the healthcare experience. But as we gather and use more data, we also create more risk. Whenever data is transmitted between systems, there’s a chance it could be stolen or corrupted. In the case of healthcare, this possibility can have grave consequences. The theft of someone’s Social Security number can be consequential,…

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Senate draft bill promotes exchange of health information – Health Article

Draft legislation released by the Senate health committee for public comment would not only reduce healthcare costs but is also meant to improve patient access to data. Section 501 of the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019 includes a requirement to provide patients with health claims, network and cost information to help them make better insurance decisions. According to the Senate committee, the draft bill “expands on the success of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Blue Button…

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Healthcare ransomware environment worsens, Beazley warns – Health Article

In the first quarter of 2019, the number of ransomware attack notifications received by Beazley Breach Services doubled, compared with the same quarter last year. Not only has the frequency of attacks skyrocketed, but attackers are shifting focus by targeting larger organizations and demanding higher ransom payments. In 2015 and 2016, ransomware was a significant threat, but it was more of a commodity—many attackers were still unsophisticated, so they were asking for what today would be considered modest ransom demands…

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WEDI mulls new role in administering standards maintenance groups – Health Article

Designated Standards Maintenance Organizations may play a key role in maintaining the HIPAA transaction standards. Now, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, which works to improve health information exchange, care quality and efficiency while cutting costs, may want to take on a new function and administer DSMOs, said Charles Stellar, CEO of WEDI, during HIMSS19. A DSMO provides services for healthcare entities to process change requests related to HIPAA transactions and code sets. Members of the DSMO evaluate change requests,…

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