Archive for September, 2011

Another HIPAA Proposed Rule: Patients’ Access to Test Reports

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Yesterday the HHS proposed rules that would give patients (and their authorized representatives) direct access to their own laboratory test result reports… (more…)

Auditing Patient Records Survey Results

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

There are no specific requirements that the Department of Health and Human Services provide with regards to how often to perform patient records audits (understandably so, since it should be based upon an organization’s own risk environment), and so many healthcare providers wonder what others are doing, or what is “standard” practice.  So, to help determine this, from mid- to late-August (two weeks) I posted a very short, completely unscientific, survey specifically to get a feel for what some other hospitals and clinics are doing with regard to auditing patient records access and disclosures, as required by HIPAA.  Here are the results… (more…)

Request for Your Participation – SHORT Survey #2: Workstation Timeouts and Lost SSO Badges

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

I’ve posted the 2nd in a series of SHORT and ANONYMOUS surveys to determine important HIPAA/HITECH compliance activities at hospitals and clinics. However, for this topic it would be good to have all types of organizations/industries participating… (more…)