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CMS Intends to Modify Meaningful Use Requirements

CMS Leaves Healthcare Organizations Guessing on Possible Meaningful Use Changescms

Recent communication from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has created confusion for hospitals, group physician practices and individual physicians participating in the Meaningful Use program. A January 29th blog post from the agency’s chief medical officer, who also serves as the deputy administrator for innovation and quality, announced that CMS intends to modify requirements for Meaningful Use in 2015, casting doubt on whether CMS intends to enforce its current Meaningful Use reporting and attestation requirements. 

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Infographic: HIPAA Compliance and Enforcement

OCR’s HIPAA enforcement activities continue to expand, associated with the increasing amount of complaints they receive every year. We recently released an infographic that highlights data on both OCR’s HIPAA audits and their enforcement activities in 2014. You can view and download the infographic below, but a few key points we wanted to highlight include:

  • 89% of the covered entities that were audited by OCR had findings.
  • 69% of cases investigated by OCR have required corrective action.
  • The average monetary settlement in 2014 was over $1.3M.
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OCR Raises the Stakes Again with Updated Breach Reporting Requirements

Updated OCR Breach Portal Requires Disclosing Compliance GapsHHS Logo

The HITECH Breach Notification Rule requires HIPAA covered entities to report breaches of unsecured protected health information (PHI) to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Under the Breach Notification Rule an unauthorized use or disclosure of PHI by a covered entity or their business associate is presumed to be a breach unless the organization can demonstrate through a risk assessment that there is a low probability that the confidentiality of the information was compromised.

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CynergisTek Announces Record Year for Revenue and Company Growth in 2014

cynergistek-FINAL-JPG-TransCompany Grew Revenue More than 70 Percent, Expanded Customer Base and Doubled Personnel to Meet Increased Demand for Healthcare IT Privacy and Security Expertise

Austin, Texas, February 3, 2015 CynergisTek™, an authority in health information privacy, security and compliance, today announced that it achieved record growth in 2014, with a more than 70 percent increase in revenue over the last calendar year, representing a compound annual growth rate of 61 percent since 2012. Additionally, the company experienced a compound annual growth rate of 108 percent in new customers since 2012. CynergisTek attributes recent growth to increased demand for experienced privacy and security partners by provider organizations and business associates that are subject to the enforcement of HIPAA regulations, including costly penalties for noncompliance.

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CynergisTek Continues to Support Industry Associations

Earlier this year CHIME invited CynergisTek to become a Foundation Firm member of its newest association, Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS). AEHIS is designed to support and educate top healthcare IT security leaders, especially the CSO and CISO and is the first professional organization to exclusively serve senior Health IT security leaders. 

 

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Click here to learn more about CHIME and click here to learn more about AEHIS.


CynergisTek Names One of Top 3 Privacy and Security Assistance Firms

CynergisTek was recognized by KLAS® as one of three firms provider organizations are turning to most for privacy and security assistance in its “Security and Privacy Perception 2014: High Stakes, Big Challenges” report, released in May 2014. For further details, visit KLAS online at www.KLASresearch.com/reports and view “Security and Privacy Perception 2014: High Stakes, Big Challenges.”


What Our Customers Are Saying

 

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“CynergisTek is a trusted partner and provides exceptional service, offering the expert guidance on risk management that we need to sustain and improve our overall security posture.” –Chuck Podesta, Former Chief Information Officer, University of Vermont Medical Center

 

 

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“We decided to use CynergisTek’s VSM program because it goes way beyond other BAA management solutions. CynergisTek reviews my vendors’ risks and helps us ensure due diligence managing that risk.” Francois Bodhuin, Technology Director – ISO Information Systems, Inspira Health Network

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