Personal Health Information

Dialysis provider Fresenius hit with $3.5 million HIPAA fine

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Fresenius Medical Care, a nationwide dialysis provider that also runs labs, urgent care centers and post-acute practices, has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle patient privacy allegations made by the Department of Health and Human Services.

5 pitfalls to avoid in automating resident communications

5 pitfalls to avoid in automating resident communications

As the population ages and millions of Americans seek long-term care, it's important to automate routine tasks to free up staff to provide personalized assistance.

Court clarifies HIPAA definition of 'personal representative' in ruling on Florida nursing homes case

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Nursing home residents' spouses and attorneys-in-fact do not necessarily meet the definition of "personal representatives" under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, so providers should not automatically make residents' personal health information available to these parties, a federal appeals court recently ruled.

A game changer

A game changer

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With release of new HIPAA privacy and security rules, long-term care providers must evaluate their policies and procedures to better protect residents' data