Monthly Archives: April 2005

Better shred than read: Keeping identity thieves at bay

An Iowa paper notes an interesting fact about identity theft: The National Child Safety Council reports that about half of all identity thefts are committed by a member of the victim’s family. Pam Martz reports for the Muscatine Journal: Muscatine Police Chief Gary Coderoni agrees. (with the National Child Safety Council) “They’re the ones with…

HIPAA Portability Rules Change

Just came across this article from Business & Legal Reports. The initial HIPAA rules were issued in 1997. Well, there have been several modifications since then. Are you compliant with the 1997 rules, or the latest (including the modifications)? It’s probably best to be on the safe side and review all of the major changes…

HIPAA Enforcement Lax?

A Silicon Valley Business Journal article reports that enforcement of HIPAA regulations may not be enforced with an iron fist. Well, folks, looks like that’s it for HIPAA Blog. No need to keep updating this site if it’s not going to be enforced. If you’re not going to be prosecuted (or fined heavily)… why worry…

AHA calls for guidance on HIPAA National Provider Identifier (NPI)

The AHA (American Hospital Association) testified before Congress on April 6, 2005 regarding the National Provider Identifier (NPI) regulation. Their testimony recommends additional guidance about subpart identification in particular as well as suggests a timeline for implementation.

Help with HIPAA, SOX, and GLBA Compliance

Here at HIPAA Blog, we learn new acronyms on a nearly daily basis (okay, maybe weekly). Apparently Sarbanes-Oxley is now affectionately referred to as SOX. GLBA? That’s short for the Gramm Leach Bliley Act. Hopefully our longtime readers know what HIPAA stands for, but if you’re new to this business, HIPAA stands for: Health Insurance…

Inside Sarbanes-Oxley: HIPAA Lessons Learned

Inside Sarbanes Oxley has learned some hard lessons on the road to HIPAA Compliance: So, it’s too early to know exactly how the feds will deal with executives who don’t bring their enterprises in line with all the new mandates. (Sarbanes-Oxley is indisputably the 800-pound gorilla, but it shares the zoo with HIPAA, the Patriot…

Group Polishes Guidelines on HIPAA Security Rules – Computerworld

A HIPAA working group seeks to ease the implementation of the massive data controls that are required by standard HIPAA Security provisions. Computerworld magazine: A working group made up of members from three organizations plans this month to release guidelines for complying with the data security requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act…

HIPAA Survey Finds Most Firms Are Prepared, Though Issues Loom

A new survey has found that most organizations are ready for the April 20 deadline for meeting HIPAA compliance regulations. Healthcare and related organizations have just over two weeks to meet new rules for protecting patient data or face possible fines, criminal penalties and negative publicity. While many IT professionals involved with Health Insurance Portability…