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  • OSHA’s 2016 Top Ten Violations November 22, 2016
    OSHA has released its initial list of the top ten safety and health violations for fiscal year 2016. Over the past five years, the same violations have made the list with only slight variations in the order. The final list will be released by OSHA at the end of 2016:1. Fall protection (Construction) – 1926.501 […]
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  • Who's Who in Energy December 8, 2016
    TCOR's very own was named to the San Antonio list of Who's Who in Energy for 2016/2017. The San Antonio Business Journal has released its 2016 compilation of "Who's Who in Energy." These heavy hitters are included in a joint special publication, included in the Nov. 25 issue, that includes energy industry leaders in four […]
  • TCOR's Shelle Butschek Selected to Leadership of New Braunfels Program November 7, 2016
    Congratulations to Shelle Butschek, TCOR Benefits Manager, for being selected to the Leadership of New Braunfels 25th group of business and civic leaders to go through the program.  Leadership New Braunfels is an eight-month series of one-day sessions covering areas such as government, education, economic development, social needs, leadership skills and other key segments of the […]
  • Rick Dudney of New Braunfels to Serve as Chair-Elect of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas June 24, 2016
    AUSTIN, TX — The Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) elected Rick Dudney, CIC, LRM, CRM, of TCOR Management in New Braunfels, to serve as chair-elect for 2016-2017 during IIAT’s 119th Annual Conference and Trade Show in San Antonio. With nearly 1,600 member agencies in 225 counties, IIAT is the largest association of independent insurance […]
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  • Core Value Recognition January 13, 2016
    TCOR would like to recognize the individuals listed below for espousing the TCOR Core Value of Maintaining Competitive Advantage through Education and Innovation.  Each of these professional designations and licenses were obtained in December of 2015 & January of 2016:   
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HIPAA Security Assessment

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HIPAA Security Assessment 2017-03-15T13:00:36+00:00

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Healthcare Information Protection

The HIPAA Omnibus Rule took effect March 23, 2013 and in the past few months Human Health Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has stated it is dialing up significantly its HIPAA enforcement, which includes HIPAA compliance random audits. Our goal is to provide you with the services, support and expertise your company needs to help lower your business risk when it comes to protecting your business healthcare information. A fine issued to a smalldermatology practice for a reported December 2013 loss of patient data is an indication of OCR’s increased aggressive enforcement andpenalties:

…..in December 2013, a small Massachusetts-based dermatology practice experienced a reportable breach when a thumb drive with PHI was stolen from an employee’s car. The dermatology practice, which employs only 12 physicians, notified all of its patients and the media about the data breach. Nonetheless, when OCR investigated the practice subsequent to the breach, OCR found that the practice had not conducted a thorough security risk analysis and included this violation in its calculation of the $150,000 fine the practice paid.

Risk analysis and risk management are the foundation of a covered entity’s compliance efforts with the HIPAA security rule and it starts with a robust security management process; one of the administrative standards under the security rule. A risk analysis, which is a required implementation specification under the Security Management Process standard, requires an accurate and thorough assessment of the potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, integrity and availability of your organizations electronic protected health information.

A thorough risk analysis as part of your business risk management plan can help mitigate your business becoming an HHS statistic.

Had the dermatology practice in the aforementioned example conducted its security risk analysis, it is quite likely its fine would have been much less than the heavy fine it received.

We can assist in helping your business conduct a thorough risk analysis to assist in helping you meet your HIPAA compliance needs. Our four phase compliance plan (I. Security Review, II. Action Plan, III. Execution Assessment and IV. Audit) can help ensure you have a robust security plan and process in place tailored to your business operation.

HIPAA Security Advisor Services

  • Security Rule Risk Analysis
  • Review and guidance on security management processes and procedures
  • Security awareness training and program development
  • Guidance on procedures to handle security incidents
  • Development data breach plan and response procedures

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