The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) regulate and protect Personal Health Information, or PHI.

Here, we explain HIPAA and HITECH in detail, and help you understand how to maintain and properly destroy your documents to ensure that your company or medical practice complies with these critical laws.

Shredding Pill Bottles

An individual’s health file contains more information about that person than anyone else should be able to see. If the wrong person were to get their hands on such private information, they would easily be able to take advantage. To help prevent this possibility from becoming a reality, there...

The Jason Pierre-Paul Medical Record Leak

There was a lot of controversy over the Jason Pierre-Paul medical record leak back in July. Reporter Adam Schefter tweeted out a picture of the Giants DE Pierre-Paul’s medical record, stating that the professional football player had his right index finger amputated. https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/618918579770146816/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw After the tweet, Schefter had quite...

Is PII protected by HIPAA?

Personal identifiable information is any information that can be used to identify, contact, or locate an individual, either alone or combined with other easily accessible sources to uniquely identify a person. Some PII is classified as sensitive and some information is not. PII is considered sensitive when it is...

Retention and Destruction of Health Information

With the changes in legislation for retaining and destroying of medical records, it’s become an important task to ensure that your practice has a plan in place, and that your employees understand what to do with and how to store this very private information. As the American Health Information...

HIPAA Shredding Requirements

Personal Health Information (PHI) has been protected since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) became law in 1996. The security requirements are covered in the Privacy Rule that was finalized in 2000 then modified in 2002 and the Security Rule that was finalized in 2003. The requirements...

State Attorneys General Trained on HIPAA

Are you asking yourself what is a HIPAA violation?  The first thing we need to look into is what HIPAA really is.  HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.  Basically is what that means is that HIPAA enforces the rules that help make sure that our...

HIPAA Rules for Medical Records Shredding

Disposing of your medical records is extremely important because you don’t want any of your information, or your patient’s information ending up in the wrong hands.  Really the only way that you can make sure that your records are destroyed properly is to use medical records shredding.  This will...

What You Need to Know About HIPAA Laws

HIPAA laws are in place for a reason and it is very important to understand why HIPAA is around and what they do to protect you.  HIPAA is the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.  The main goal of this law is to help make it easier...

Health Exchanges are Not Covered by HIPAA

The health exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have had a very rough start. They lack of testing on functionality also extended to the lack of testing on privacy. While no breaches have been reported this is something that needs to be corrected before a...

OCR Fails in HIPAA Oversight

The Office of Inspector General at the Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a report on the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) oversight of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The report found that OCR lacking in its responsibilities to enforce the Security Rule. The audit...