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Most people who get in trouble for texts do so for sexual material or threats, but Outcome Health will pay $2.9 million for telling patients "Eat a healthy breakfast" and "Plate your food!"

Practices in search of a texting policy should look no further than CMS' guidance to state survey agency directors, published Dec. 28. Even though medical practices aren't required to followed the guidance, doing so will make life easier for clinicians who won't have to remember one rule when they're at the practice and another rule when they are in a facility such as a hospital or an ambulatory surgical center.

You'd think if there were anyone whose health information should be protected, it would be people with HIV. Yet Aetna admits to exposing data indicative of both the HIV status and risk of thousands of its beneficiaries with a poorly designed envelope.

The feds' dishonor roll of entities that have sustained a HIPAA breach of 500 individuals or more has topped 2,000 for the first time.

This form allows you to stay compliant with OCR rules and helps explain them to your patients.

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