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.

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…

Who Really Pays the Freight?

For years hospitals and physicians have utilized third parties to manage their medical records and respond to requests for copies from patients, attorneys, insurance companies, etc. I will admit, at times it seemed like the charge imposed for obtaining copies of medical records hedged on outrageous. These companies made a great deal of money managing…

The Art of Writing a Good Policy

The world of health care does not suffer from a lack of policies. Most organizations have dozens or even hundreds of policies addressing everything you can imagine. Each time something happens or there is an adverse event, the natural reaction is to develop a new policy so the next time the situation arises the organization…