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OR Excellence Awards 2016 - September 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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tions. A posting that claims to tell "True Stories of the OR," or begins "You would not believe what happened in surgery today," reciting "anonymous" facts based on an incident that occurred at your facility places the facility, its administration and its staff in the HIPAA breach danger zone. All too often, social media that is commented upon and forwarded results in unintended consequences. Inevitably someone in the chain will add a name or other identifying information. Protected health infor- mation will be released and facts will be twisted. This information, how- ever, must remain within the walls of your facility and be disclosed only for the legitimate business and patient care needs permitted under HIPAA. HIPAA audits underway In July, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights — which enforces HIPAA — announced plans to conduct desk audits at healthcare providers, insurers and clearinghouses. These audits are underway and focus- ing on the law's priva- cy, breach notification Legal Update LU 3 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 6 ȏ $SRZHUIXOquality-improvement IUDPHZRUNZLWKstate-of-the-art benchmarking ȏ Real-world, highly accurate, and VSHFLȴFGDWD WKDWVKRZV\RXUSODFHPHQW LQWKHPDUNHWby procedureDQGRWKHU FULWHULD ȏ Facts-based sales and marketing data WKDWGHPRQVWUDWHWRSRWHQWLDOSDWLHQWV \RXUVXUJHU\FHQWHUȇVVXSHULRULW\ 7ROHDUQPRUHFRQWDFWXVDW RUVLJQXSIRUDIUHHGHPRDW VRL[FRP

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