Physician Practice

Protecting patient personal health information

Physician Practice Insider, August 9, 2016

On July 20, CMS released a special edition MLN Matters article reminding physicians of the HIPAA requirement to protect the confidentiality of the PHI of their patients. Recently, CMS learned of a potential security breach in which someone was offering for sale over 650,000 records of orthopedic patients. A covered entity must notify the Secretary of HHS if it discovers a breach of unsecured protected health information. Pay attention to security issues that business associates, especially those entities that provide you with hardware and/or software support for your patient electronic health records, may experience. Business associates should report any actual or potential security breaches.

View MLN Matters article SE1616.

This article originally appeared on Medicare Compliance Watch.

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