There are many benefits associated with a HIPAA compliant medical answering service. First of all, if you are a doctor's office and you need a medical answering service, it simply has to be HIPAA compliant in order to protect your patients and your practice. Any communications from your office to your patients or from your patients to your office need to be in compliance with all guidelines set fo …

Health data breaches involving more than 500 patients rose to 498 and affected 21,141,322 patients, according to a HIP/SA analysis of OCR data from Sept. 18 through Oct. 17.This came after a month in which no new breaches were reported and when breaches totaled 489 and affected 21,021,132 individuals.The leading reason for major breaches continued to be theft, accounting for 250 by itself, …

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reported it received 74,554 complaints, suggesting that it received 878 complaints in September, a drop of 114 complaints (992) complaints in August. It received 835 complaints in July. Although there was a significant drop, the rate of complaints appears to remain well over 800 on a monthly basis.Of the 26,513 HIPAA complaints that fell within OCR's juris …