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Is Your Practice Violating HIPAA Regulations?

Is Your Practice Violating HIPAA Regulations?

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Corpus Christi Medical Associates (CCMA), a family practice in Corpus Christi, Texas, has always found it difficult to comply with HIPAA’s privacy and security regulations.

“We struggle to have enough resources to dedicate to the ever-changing environment,” said J. Stefan Walker, MD, a family medicine physician at CCMA. “There is always something new and regulations are constantly evolving. It’s a moving target, and cyber-liability is probably the greatest risk, added Walker.”

Despite this sentiment, Walker was determined not to be one of the practices listed on the “Wall of Shame” webpage maintained by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Practices are listed there if they report a data breach that affects 500 or more patients.

Walker said that CCMA has been the target of a few breach attempts already. “For a small practice like ours, dealing with the fallout from a breach could literally bankrupt us. We are looking at how to minimize the risk,” he says….

 

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