Good documentation is your best defense in a claim or lawsuit. Read about best practices in medical record documentation.
Guidelines for the release of medical records
It is imperative to have a system in place that allows the release of complete, legible, and organized records from your medical office.
Delay in the diagnosis of lung cancer
A 62-year old man came to the ED with symptoms of a stroke.
Case briefs — HIPAA
Case studies about violations of HIPAA privacy rules.
Setting the record straight: Dispelling 10 common medical record myths
The rules that govern medical records can be complex and confusing.
Ordering incorrect dose of corticosteroid
A 50-year-old man was referred to a nephrologist for renal insufficiency. The patient's history included ankylosing spondylitis and scleroderma.
MD Anderson wins appeal of $4.3 million HIPAA penalty
The Fifth Circuit Court disagreed with the OCR’s interpretation of the encryption and disclosure provisions.
Release of medical records: Review of hot topics
Learn about access to health care records, the release of PHI to third parties, and how much a medical practice can charge for these services.
Release of medical records webinar — key takeaways and resources
A summary from the webinar “Release of medical records: Review of hot topics” presented on May 26, 2020.
Texting patients while staying HIPAA compliant
How to text patients and colleagues without violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
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Clearing up the confusion: Charging your patients for medical record copies
A brief description of federal and Texas rules for charging for copies of medical records.
Potential pitfalls: Risk management for the EMR
Documentation pitfalls related to electronic medical records (EMRs) and how to avoid them.
An individual's right to access their medical records
Watch this webinar recording to learn about the legal requirements for releasing medical records to patients.
Managing medical record releases for children and young adults
A discussion of releasing the medical records of children and young adults, especially those in college.
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Ransomware and cyber security
TMLT's Cathy Bryant and Kassie Toerner discuss how to identify threats and vulnerabilities to medical practices and how to protect your networks.
How to dispose of storage devices containing PHI and other sensitive data
Improper disposal of electronic devices and media puts the information stored on those devices at risk for a breach. And when devices contain protected health information (PHI), it puts your patient’s
48 hours after a HIPAA breach
The actions taken in the hours and days after a cyber breach are critical, especially in protecting evidence. Learn the most important steps to take following a cyber incident or breach.
A group admin explains what business interruption really means
What happens when a system failure brings down the EMR?
How can I prevent a cyber breach?
Cathy Bryant, manager of product development & consulting services at TMLT, provides five steps to help health care entities prevent a cyber breach.
Winter storm update: Recovering damaged records
If you experienced an IT system failure or other damage from the winter storms, read about recovering damaged medical records.
6 tips to improve patient communication while using your EHR
View part three of a three-part video series on improving physician/patient interactions.