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In This Issue

Audits and Breaches and Fines, Oh My!
It’s time to make sure your HIPAA privacy and security compliance program has you covered – If you don’t feel confident about your organization’s HIPAA privacy and security compliance, now is a good time to undertake a refresher. Here are a few reasons why (followed by a discussion of what you can do to improve your program).

Tips for Successful Medical Staff Hearings
Few events are more distasteful to both hospitals and medical staff leaders than hotly contested medical staff hearings. They often challenge medical staff’s goal of fostering collegiality and hospitals’ cultivation of trust and good relations with their physicians. Let’s begin with three observations.

Risk Analysis – a Critical Step One in Safeguarding e-PHI
For hospitals and other health care providers working to secure electronic protected health information (e-PHI), a comprehensive risk analysis is a critical first step.

Mind Your PHI – Even in the Trash
A Greensboro urgent care center recently agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a case filed by the N.C. attorney general after the center’s discarded patient records for more than 750 individuals were discovered in a Dumpster, complete with individuals’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, insurance account numbers and PHI.

The Green Card is Finally Green Again!
After May 11, 2010, employers being shown a strange new green card as part of the I-9 employment eligibility verification process should not assume the worst.

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