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HIPAA Audits Are Coming — And What We Can Learn from a Dentist Visit

HIPAA Audits Are Coming HIPAA Audits = Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt? Many fear that HIPAA Audits are coming.  In fact, one member of HealthCare Too recently went to an appointment with a new dentist where the subject became a fun (if not anxious) conversation.  As the dental assistant seated him into a fantastically comfy dental […]


PCMH Model – Patient Centered Medical Home

PCMH Model The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Model is, as a classmate often quipped, “intuitively obvious”.  This PCMH Infographic quickly showcases the PCMH model principles, adoption rate, and benefits. Joint Principles It is really quite difficult to find fault with the principles behind the PCMH model.  They all make perfect sense such that one might expect […]


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Coordinated Care in a HIPAA Era 1

Coordinated Care in a HIPAA Era Coordinated Care One noticeable trend in the changing US healthcare system is greater collaboration, or coordinated care, among providers to address multiple needs of patients.  Coordinated Care supports the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Triple Aim of: Improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction); Improving the health […]


Integrating behavioral healthcare into the PCMH (Patient Centered Medical Home)

Integrating behavioral healthcare into the PCMH Published in March 2014, an article took a major step in transforming US healthcare by integrating behavioral healthcare into the PCMH (Patient-Centered Medical Home).  The idea of a Patient-Centered Medical Home was not necessarily new and had been formally introduced in February 2007 through the Joint Principles of the […]

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The Future of Online Therapy?

Online Therapy Online Therapy is not a new concept as the following infographic shows.  Indeed, according to one knowledgeable resource in the counseling community the first online therapy happened as far back as 1968 when a Boston psychiatrist lived across the bay and needed to avoid traffic (http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/431064_1). The combination of Health Information Technology (HIT) and […]


Protect Medical Data: Nearly Half of Identity Thefts Involve Medical Data and Attacks Continue to Increase

Protect Medical Data In a March 17, 2014 article Forget the Target Breach: Medical ID Theft Is Even Scarier, Credit.com laid out some very basic concerns about a current lack of focus to protect medical data.  The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provides guidelines for dealing with Protected Health Information (PHI), more commonly known […]


2014 HIPAA Audits a Step Closer to Resuming – GovInfoSecurity

2014 HIPAA Audits A Step Closer The long-expected 2014 HIPAA audits mandated since the passage of the HITECH Act are indeed on their way, according to an article, HIPAA Audits a Step Closer to Resuming: Participating Organizations to Be Selected Soon, published by GovInfoSecurity. Working from announcements at the recent HIMSS14 (where HealthCare Too had ample attendance!), GovInfoSecurity and […]