Gary N. Jones has been an attorney for over 33 years and has spent most of the last 20 years focusing on the needs of community providers. He obtained his bachelors degree from the University of Missouri in 1982 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1985. He founded MCA to help providers through the maze of compliance and HIPAA regulations that seem to become more confusing every year so those providers can focus on what they do best, take care of people.

I hear you knocking….

At some point in time every organization will face a search warrant, receive a subpoena for records, or a request from a law enforcement official for copies of medical records. Not responding appropriately, and not knowing the difference between a search warrant and a subpoena can have a detrimental impact on a health care organization.…

Time for a HIPAA Booster Shot

As unfortunate as it is, there are bad guys out there taking advantage of the pandemic currently gripping our nation. Whether it be people posing to be from the government and calling to get bank account information for direct deposit of the stimulus checks, people offering home COVID-19 test kits, or bogus emails allegedly from…

This Is Why We Have Policies

Needless to say, our country is in the middle of a very interesting time. Historians and sociologists will be busy for a decade studying the impact and reaction of COVID-19, not just in health care but in our society as a whole. It is times like these that reinforce the need for solid, well-drafted policies.…

HIPAA Applies Even in Unprecedented Times

A story was posted on social media about a local woman who was trapped on a cruise ship due to the Covid-19 situation. Her health was somewhat fragile and she was running out of medications that were desperately needed due to a chronic heart condition. The story received a great deal of attention, due in…

Requests for PHI for Public Health Purposes

With the Coronavirus issues being faced by providers all over the country it is important to remember the privacy and security protections under HIPAA still apply. Below is specific guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services of how providers should handle requests for information for public health purposes. A Health Insurance Portability and…

Breach Notification – Timing is Important!

One of the most common HIPAA violations by health care providers is the failure to follow the requirements of the Breach Notification Rule in terms of when proper notification must be made. While it may seem simple, each year providers are penalized for making breach notification outside of the specified time frames for notification to…