EHR and practice management for mental / behavioral health

HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), was enacted in 1996. It protects health insurance coverage for workers and their families when they change or lost their jobs. It requires the creation of nationwide standards for electronic health record transactions, and it seeks to protect the privacy and security of health data. 

Because it affects every realm of the medical field, mental & behavioral health care providers must maintain HIPAA compliance, which has become more complex with the advanced use of technology and electronic data transmission. In early 2013, a 563 page Omnibus Rule HIPAA amendment was released, effective March 26 and requiring compliance by September 23, 2013. 

We focus on how HIPAA affects mental / behavioral health and substance usage providers.

(Disclaimer: Ultimately, it is the responsibility of each practice to ensure HIPAA compliance, including the 2013 Omnibus revisions. PIMSY EMR/SMIS has gathered information from various resources believed to be authorities in their field. However, neither PIMSY EMR/SMIS nor the authors warrant that the information is in every respect accurate and/or complete. PIMSY EMR/SMIS assumes no responsibility for use of the information provided. Neither PIMSY EMR/SMIS nor the authors shall be responsible for, and expressly disclaim liability for, damages of any kind arising out of the use of, reference to, or reliance on, the content of these educational materials. These materials are for informational purposes only. PIMSY EMR/SMIS does not provide medical, legal, financial or other professional advice and readers are encouraged to consult a professional advisor for such advice.)

PIMSY mental health practice management software shares part 6 of HIPAA 2016 series

2016 HIPAA Audits Part 6: HIPAA Crash

by Donna Koger, 5.12.16 Don’t Let It Hit You on the Way Out We’ll bet you don’t want to end up like the Massachusetts Ear Group who has to pay $1.5 million to resolve HIPAA regulation charges. Unfortunately, this is yet another reminder for practices, providers, clearinghouses and business associates...

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PIMSY mental health software shares HIPAA compliance in a nutshell

HIPAA Compliance in a Nutshell

It’s that time of year: flowers blooming, birds chirping, weather warming – and HIPAA audits increasing. Word on the street is that HIPAA audits are increasing early this year.  Thankfully, we’ve got you covered: our HIPAA Compliance Officer, Donna Koger, has put together a clear...

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PIMSY software for inpatient services shares common Security Risk Analysis (SRA) myths

Top 10 Myths of HIPAA Security Risk Analysis

As with any new program or regulation, there may be misinformation making the rounds about Security Risk Analysis (SRA). The following is a top 10 list distinguishing fact from fiction. 1. The security risk analysis is optional for small providers False. All providers who are “covered entities” (CEs)...

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PIMSY mental health EHR asks: are you a HIPAA target!?

Why Am I a HIPAA Target?

by Scott Koger, 2.24.16 Did you know health data is the number one type of data sought by hackers? One reason it is so popular is because health information is usually much more detailed personal information than say, credit card data. There is a lot of PHI that goes beyond name, address and phone...

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PIMSY mental health practice management hipaa email guidelines

HIPAA Email Guidelines

by Leigh-Ann Renz, 2.12.16 Does Email Violate HIPAA? With OCR set to increase audits in early 2016, maintaining HIPAA compliance for your organization is more important than ever. Does email violate HIPAA regulations? How do you transmit information – or email – in a HIPAA-compliant format? Don’t...

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PIMSY mental health software earns 2016 hipaa compliance certification

Woot Woot! PIMSY Team Earns 2016 HIPAA Certification

As you can tell from our blog, we take HIPAA very seriously and make every effort possible to keep our clients educated and empowered to meet compliance. We also give away complimentary content on our website, in an effort to elevate and empower the mental & behavioral health industry as a whole. Two...

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PIMSY mental health EHR: where does PHI Data hide?

2016 HIPAA Audits Part 5: Where’s Your PHI Data?

by Donna Koger, 1.8.16 Only HIPAA Knows…. Have you ever thought about data remnants and what are they anyway? Your electronic data files hide in places you may not have thought about when disposing of PHI (personal health information), which could cause serious problems with HIPAA rules and...

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PIMSY mental health practice management EHR enhances HIPAA compliance

How Does PIMSY Help Keep You HIPAA Compliant?

HIPAA Audits Set to Increase in 2016 While HIPAA compliance is always important, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it will launch HIPAA audits in early 2016 in order to be more proactive in enforcement. Word on the street is that HIPAA will be the hot topic next year,...

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PIMSY behavioral health practice management software 10 steps to hipaa compliance

2016 HIPAA Audits Part 4:10 Steps to Compliance

by Donna Koger, 11.9.15 HIPAA Compliant Practice Management It’s projected that HIPAA audits will increase in 2016, starting at the beginning of the year. While it’s always critical to practice viability to maintain HIPAA compliance, it’s even more important when audits are on the rise. Here are 10...

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PIMSY behavioral health practice management system PHI identifiers

2016 HIPAA Audits Part 3: PHI Identifiers

by Donna Koger, 11.5.15 Personal Health Information (PHI) Identifiers If you have come across the word “identifiers” in connection with Personal Health Information (PHI), you may have asked yourself “what are they and why should I care about identifiers?” If you are aware of the types...

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