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MyHIPAA Guide news service launches; catalogs federal+ government tools for compliance

AKRON, Ohio – November 3, 2015 -- For the first time, an online news and information service, at www.MyHIPAAGuide.com, gives healthcare providers news and commentary on evolving HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, forums, a Q&A column, and easy, well-organized access to a library of federal government toolkits, videos, games and tutorials designed to help achieve HIPAA compliance.

The new service can benefit organizations of all sizes as they face government reporting requirements and audits for the first time. During this period seismic shift in the nation's healthcare system, rules keep changing.  MyHIPAA Guide will keep you updated on the latest publicly available information.  Plus, new resources will be added as they become available.  Our current library includes:

  • Templates of Patient Privacy Notices to help achieve meaningful consent, available both in English and Spanish

  • Short videos that capture the essence of a risk assessment

  • Interactive tutorials, with fill-able PDFs, to help with risk assessment and disaster planning Sample provisions for Business Associate Agreements (BAA)

  • Guides that address specific issues, such as recommendations for safely reporting patient test results Interactive quizzes to test knowledge of the broad objectives of risk analysis

  • A beginners’ toolkit for government reporting under the Electronic Health Records Incentive Program.

For easy reference, MyHIPAA Guide is organized information around a 10 Step Plan for compliance, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

A subscription to MyHIPAA Guide includes news updates, online forums for discussion with peers, and Q&As. MyHIPAA Guide is for informational purposes only.

The publisher of MyHIPAA Guide is M.E.D. Media Mart LLC, a small business in Akron, Ohio, led by former media professionals from the Akron Beacon Journal.  The M.E.D. Media Mart team spent months scouring government web pages for up-to-date, user-friendly resources that could truly help organizations meet requirements for a transition to a data-driven health system. For more information, visit www.MyHIPAAGuide.com, or email Publisher Diane Evans at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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10 Step HIPAA Plan

  • Step 1: Make Sure you Must Comply with HIPAA +

    What's Inside:
    Lists of who is generally covered and who is not, plus contact for inquiries.
  • Step 2: Designate Team Leaders +

    What's Inside:
    • 7-page HIPAA basics
    • 62-page guide to security and privacy of ePHI
    • Compliance Charter Template
  • Step 3: Develop Security Policies & Procedures +

    What's Inside:
    Templates for Security Policies and Procedures
  • Step 4: Conduct a security risk analysis +

    What's Inside:
    INTRODUCTORY:
    • Guides
    • Short videos
    • Interactive quizzes on risk assessment and contingency preparation
    • 10 common myths

    ADVANCED:
    Interactive tutorial – 156 questions with fill-able PDFs for Windows or iPad. All material from federal sources.
  • Step 5: Develop an action plan +

    What's Inside:
    INTRODUCTORY:
    • 11-page overview on ePHI for small practices
    • 4-page Q&A addresses email with patients
    • Checklists

    ADVANCED:
    Toolkit on 45 implementation specifications
  • Step 6: Reduce Risks of a Breach +

    What's Inside:
    • Overview of expectations
    • Annual Work Plan Template
  • Step 7: Train the Team +

    What's Inside:
    • Form for reporting breach notification
    • Links to details on the notification process and what constitutes a breach.
    • Suite of Training Materials
  • Step 8: Customize Privacy Notices +

    What's Inside:
    FOR ALL:
    • Privacy notice templates to help achieve meaningful consent, in English & Spanish.

    INTRODUCTORY:
    • Professionals' guide covering 2013 updates on communications.

    ADVANCED:
    • Electronic toolkit with patient education and meaningful consent sample materials.
  • Step 9: Execute Business Associate Agreements +

    What's Inside:
    • Sample Business Associate Agreement (BAA) provisions
    • Suite of BA Management Tools
  • Step 10: Verify Compliance with HIPAA +

    What's Inside:
    INTRODUCTORY:
    • Tip sheets
    • Short videos
    • Overviews

    ADVANCED:
    • 94-page guide on the EHR incentive program
    • Beginners' toolkit on reporting to the government

    All from federal sources.
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