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What do the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules require of covered entities when they dispose of protected health information?

The HIPAA Privacy Rule requires that covered entities apply appropriate administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect the privacy of Protected Health Information (PHI) in any form. This means that covered entities must implement reasonable safeguards to limit incidental, and avoid prohibited uses and disclosures of, PHI. This includes the disposal of such information. In…
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Outsourcing Information Disposal: A “Best Practice” For Your Business

Financial: Although both state and federal government have enforced the enactment of laws that protect the security and privacy of individuals, there are still those that make the mistake of shredding and recycling in-house. Outsourcing your shredding and recycling needs to an on-site shredding company like Mohave Shred is actually less expensive than shredding and…
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HHS settles case with Phoenix Cardiac Surgery for lack of HIPAA safeguards

Phoenix Cardiac Surgery, P.C., of Phoenix and Prescott, Arizona, has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) a $100,000 settlement and take corrective action to implement policies and procedures to safeguard the protected health information of its patients. The settlement with the physician practice follows an extensive investigation by the…
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