Has Your IT Firm asked you to Sign a BAA?

David Bourgeois

In 2013 as part of the Omnibus Rule, the United States government began to require all Business Associates to follow HIPAA guidelines. A Business Associate (BA) is any company that works with healthcare providers and has access to patient data, even if that access is indirect.

A Business Associate Agreement (BAA) is the required document between the medical provider, known as a Covered Entity (CE) and the Business Associate (BA). 

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Topics: Healthcare IT

Use the Meaningful Use Tax Incentive for Your Electronic Medical Record technology? What you must do legally.

David Bourgeois

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (AARA) enacted on February 17, 2009, Congress created a tax incentive program called Meaningful Use to incentivize healthcare providers including doctors, hospitals, critical-access hospitals, and Medicare Advantage Organizations to convert their PHI (Protected Health Information) to electronic versions known as ePHI (Electronic Protected Health Information). This program encouraged small single-doctor practices and large hospitals to utilize approved Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems. [Note: We use the term EHR instead of EMR (Electronic Medical Records) because EHR refers to the overall health of a patient compared to purely the medical conditions and treatment for a patient found in EMR.]

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Topics: Healthcare IT

What is HIPAA? Why Should You Care and What You Need to Know.

David Bourgeois

HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which first appeared in 1996. Initially, HIPAA’s vagueness made if confusing and most small and medium-sized medical entities saw it as voluntary because there was little enforcement through the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). [Also, don’t call it HIPPA or confuse it with a HIPPO.]

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Topics: Healthcare IT

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My IT helps companies to protect their data, become more efficient and productive, and to boost high-growth using technology. In our blog, we discuss these topics and our extensive expertise working with medical practices, construction industry companies, and auto dealerships.

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