Healthcare News & Insights

Updated rules for hospitals and same-sex marriage

There’s new guidance from the feds concerning spouses’ rights for hospital patients in same-sex marriages.

How hospitals can best leverage social media

Social media is changing how patients interact and perceive their hospitals and physicians, but it isn’t all good news for your facility — there are serious risks involved with these online tools. 

Ensuring HIPAA compliance with hospitals’ BAs

Securing protected health information (PHI) remains a top priority for facilities covered by HIPAA’s security rule, but their business associates (BAs) may not be on the same page. 

5 areas hospitals should examine when outsourcing medical records

If your hospital outsources any business function involving patients’ medical records, including billing or maintaining an electronic health records (EHR) system, your facility could face consequences if your business partners aren’t careful with patients’ protected health information (PHI). Here, Scott Byers, president of EDM Americas, lays out a five-step strategy hospitals can use with business partners […] [MORE]

HIPAA audits delayed — but this compliance risk for hospitals is still lurking

There’s good and bad news for providers who were stressed about the upcoming HIPAA audits. The good news: There’s more time to ensure compliance. The bad news: You might still be at risk through an outside factor. 

Is your hospital ready for the next round of HIPAA audits?

HIPAA audits are starting up again soon, but the changes in phase 2 of the program could shake up healthcare facilities that aren’t prepared.

Steps for responding to PHI breaches

Securing patients’ protected health information (PHI) from breaches is a crucial task for any hospital to stay in compliance with HIPAA regulations. But no matter how much time, resources and energy is put into PHI security, facilities can still experience breaches. 

Questions you need to ask vendors about cloud technology

More hospitals are using cloud technology to improve their operations. But before you have your facility start uploading data to the cloud, make sure you ask these questions first. 

Is your hospital ready for even more HIPAA enforcement?

Hospitals will have to step up their HIPAA compliance efforts because the coming year will see a massive crackdown on violators by federal regulators. 

Security breaches: How protected is your organization?

HIPAA violations can cost healthcare organizations between $50,000 and $2.3 million. But those fines aren’t only because of health information breaches.