An important component of preparing for a potential HIPAA compliance audit is to complete a "walk through" to make sure privacy and security policies and procedures are practical and effective, former HIPAA enforcer Adam Greene advises.
The Department of Health and Human Services has published a proposed rule that describes privacy, security and many other standards for web-based state insurance exchanges called for under the healthcare reform law.
The long-overdue HIPAA compliance audit program likely will launch late this year or early in 2012 after up to 20 test audits are completed, says Susan McAndrew, deputy director of the federal agency overseeing the program.
More organizations that run health information exchanges are offering patients the opportunity to provide more specific levels of consent for the exchange of their records, a new survey by the advocacy group eHealth Initiative shows.
In one of the largest health information breaches reported so far this year, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System in South Carolina has notified 400,000 of an incident involving the theft of a desktop computer from an employee's car.
The Government Accountability Office has issued a report chastising the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for delays in fully implementing its Integrated Data Repository used to crack down on fraud.
"Our role is changing in the fact that we see fraud being perpetrated in a new manner everyday via malicious software, banking Trojans and online theft," says Jean-FranÃ§ois Legault, senior manager of forensics and dispute services at Deloitte.
Eddie Schwartz didn't shy away from the offer to become RSA's first chief security officer after the security firm experienced a sophisticated advanced-persistent-threat breach. Instead, Schwartz embraced the hack as the reason to take the job. (See RSA to Get Its First Chief Security Officer.)
Fraud today is global. The same problems happening in the U.S. are simultaneously occurring in other parts of the world. For interested job seekers, there's never been a better time to enter the fraud examiner profession.
The Health IT Policy Committee has accepted recommendations that electronic health records software certified for future stages of the HITECH Act's EHR incentive program should be able to record corrections from patients or providers as well as transmit those corrections to others.