Health Information Management

Ensure safe transfer of PHI when selling a practice

Health Information Compliance Insider, December 1, 2008

Every day, in every industry, businesses are bought and sold, new management replaces old management, and the business cycle continues—and healthcare is no exception. However, the privacy and security laws that govern businesses are more stringent in healthcare because HIPAA guards PHI and personally identifiable information (PII). “Many organizations make some information security and privacy missteps when they sell their practice to another organization,” says Rebecca Herold, CISSP, CIPP, CISM, CISA, FLMI, information privacy, security, and compliance consultant at Rebecca Herold & Associates, LLC, in Van Meter, IA.

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