The Power of Perseverance

Over the weekend I volunteered at a 100 mile trail race. Yes, people signed up and paid money to run 100 miles on a very hard course. The race consisted of five 20 mile loops over a route that had hundreds of railroad tie stairs, climbs up bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, rocks, roots and…

Why Do Things Go Bump in the Night?

A featured speaker at this year’s CP-HIPAASolutions HIPAA Forum is FBI Special Agent Jeff Huber who is an expert in cybersecurity, and all the ways the “bad guys” work to gain access to very valuable personally identifiable information. In the world of health care, the protected health information providers have on their computer networks, and…

Who is Looking at What?

I am currently serving as the Interim Compliance Officer for a client with a pretty sophisticated electronic health record. This client has been without a formal compliance officer for a while so the compliance program is in need of some attention. One of the first things I was asked to do was conduct an access…

How Important is Program Evaluation?

By now, every provider should have the infrastructure of a compliance program in place. The seven elements of an effective compliance program are well publicized and there are numerous resources available to providers for building a program. But, building a compliance program, putting policies and procedures in place, naming a compliance officer and having a…

Even the Small Fish Provide Good Food

Many of the people who read this blog work for small health care providers, often in rural areas, that don’t have resources to invest in the latest technology and security measures. Often, when asked why the IT system has not been updated, the response is, “we are small, the bad guys are after bigger fish.”…

A Bit of the Golden Rule

As we are coming out of the pandemic some sectors are “getting back to normal” faster than others. In health care, masks are still required many places; temperatures are still being taken as you enter the building and staff are being tested on a regular basis before they start their shift. This difference between the…

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

It seems every day there is a new cyberattack hitting the news. The Continental Pipeline, and JBS Meat situations are the most recent events in an increasing wave of attacks against our country’s infrastructure. It is clear the frequency and severity of these attacks is not getting better. It is becoming evident there is an…